Buskerfest Revised

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
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Trip End Aug 31, 2007


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Flag of Canada  , Nova Scotia,
Saturday, August 11, 2007

I must atone for the mistakes I made the first time I went to a Buskerfest. So I left PEI early enough where I was able to sleep just outside of Halifax. And near a Tim Horton's too! Tim Horton's became the official stop of the trip. From that point onward, it was eating at Tim Horton's whenever possible.

Also in Nova Scotia I passed by this city called Springhill. It's famous for its federal detention center and their Anne Murray Centre. Yes, Anne Murray Centre. You can even have your own kareoke video with Anne Murray there! I wish I had stopped there but I was chasing the sunset to get a great photo. I stopped along the side of the road at this nice pond. And then the police pulled someone over just where I was parked. So when I passed by with a camera, they looked a bit surprised. But I told them I'm going to my car and they left me alone.

I didn't wake up early enough to catch the sun rise, but I woke up early enough to be the first tourist into the city of Halifax that day. The tourist info office was open and gave me info on what to do before Buskerfest. They were kinda surprised that I came all the way up to Halifax for Buskerfest. But I had to make up for what Skopje did for Buskerfest for me. Plus I've always liked the name of the city.

So I went to the harbor and took lots of pictures in the morning. The sun was perfect at the time, so I figured I had to do it. Then later I went to the citadel but couldn't justify the entry price for it. So I went down to the amazing Farmer's Market. It's an indoor market but covers at least one whole square block in five different buildings and two different floors. You can get any local goods and foods you need and you can get food from any country for lunch. I was mighty impressed. Plus it gave me a peek at the local culture.

Then it was time for the Maritime Museum. I love these. Especially when I can go on a boat and see inside. There's something about being able to see inside the boat and recognize that it was an actual military vehicle at one point. You don't get to do that with many things. You rarely get to see the inside of a tank or a helicopter, but old submarines and carriers and ships are readily available.

Then from there I was able to see some performances for Buskerfest. There were about seven different stages and each was sponsored by some company, so there was a lot of seating and stage and lighting there. Very well planned. And they had schedules and programs and lots of volunteers and entertainment every hour at every stage plus roaming performers. This is what a Buskerfest is I see. Of course it's free, but you should toss some coins, perhaps a few loonies.

The only performance I felt was worth the entire program was Duo Hoops from Quebec. Any other performance I saw had lots of filler. One magic act was a guy for thirty minutes making jokes and telling us the fire-eating trick he was going to do. He was a magician, we get it, do something. And he spent about ten minutes telling us he forgot a lighter for his torch and that everyone had to clear the entryway for the fire department in case of emergency. He was too focused on the space that he failed to see that we bored. Anyway the Duo Hoops group. A guy and a girl with obvious accents. They caught my attention because their roles were fairly reversed. Even though he was a tall skinny guy and she was a shorter petite girl, she was the one that supported him while he did acrobatics. She got on her back on the ground and supported him with her legs while he stood up on top. But they were a good group because they were consistent throughout. Even though they had slower moments when they weren't doing tricks they were entertaining and it was good enough for families. Then for the grand finale the guy took out the knives he was going to juggle and then the girl explained that she was going to hula hoop while the guy stands on top of her juggling fire. He looked at her funny. Then she said that he might do it with knives. So she gave it to the audience. Do you want knives or fire? Of course the audience picked fire. They both looked disappointed and bewildered because the fire would be more dangerous. They were a good act so I gave them a few bucks.

After that act, I pretty much left. I did get to see a breakdancing act that was on America's Got Talent with this guy named Shorty who uses braces because of his legs. I enjoyed some local fish and chips for lunch as well, so I felt satisfied with Buskerfest. More than satisfied.
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