The Queens' Homecoming Party

Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
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Friday, October 12, 2007

The journey from Toronto was an arduous one after being stuck in a traffic jam for over an hour. When we (Me, Andy and Trent - an Australian we picked up in Toronto) eventually made it to Kingston it was pitched black and Canadian roads at night are not ideal to drive on as there are no street lights or cat eyes on the road and headlights on American cars are not the brightest. But thats enough of my rant!
Since there were no hostels in Kingston, we were left with little option other than camp and that was a big mistake. First of all I only had a small 2 man tent and there is three of us. So Trent drew the short straw and had to sleep in the car. To help us sleep we sat in the car, drinking sprite and vodka however that night was the coldest night so far and after a night of restless sleeping we awoke to a ground frost. The idiot of the week award goes to the Scotsman Andy after he brought a kiddies sleeping bag instead of an adult size in Walmart and as a result he spent most of the night frozen.

But as the sun rose we started to defrost and made the short drive into the Kingston student area for the university's Home-coming Festival and discovered all the cells were fall after the first night (Friday) of Home Coming and Saturday evening is usually the busiest night for the police. By early afternoon we had managed to gatecrash a house party but within minutes of our appearance they had run out of beer. Luckily we stopped at the Beer Store before hand and we made a few instant friends by sharing a few of our bevvies. Since there was no beer this house party quickly fizzled out and for the next few hours we travelled to different house parties.

The most notable house party was in the evening, me and a house full of drunk Ice-hockey loving Canadians. It must have been a very loud house as the police kept turning up every 10 minutes to check up on any unwanted antics when actually they were only after the Ice-Hockey score. Tried to discover what Homecoming is all about but the only answer I got is the excuse for a big piss up.

That night I and 5,000 other randoms headed off to Aberdeen Street for the street party. It felt a very weird Street Party with no music and police on every corner. There were a few fireworks otherwise it was just a big drinking socialising event where you had to fight for some room. However after an hour or two the lack of sleep is taking its toll and the plan to pull some drunk Canadian students is not going to happen. So I unfortunately get to spend the night in the car freezing my arse off with my Australian and Scottish friends.
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