Happy Canada Day!
Trip Start Jan 20, 2004
187Trip End Ongoing
We haven't had the opportunity to get into the spirit of things for quite a few years now (we always seem to be off in some exotic spot or other somewhere else in the world), but this year we were fortunate enough to be able to mingle with the crowds during Canada's 139th birthday celebrations
Here are just a few random thoughts and emotions from our twelve hours out and about on Parliament Hill and around the downtown core on La Fête du Canada:
· reflecting on the peacefulness of the nation's capital on an early morning walk up the canal as the sun was rising;
· marvelling at the enthusiastic participation of Canada's young people in the massed choir Unisong Concert at the National Arts Centre;
· listening in awe to eleven-year-old Jan Lisiecki - an extraordinarily gifted pianist from Calgary playing a Mozart Piano Concerto with the NAC Orchestra;
· enjoying the quiet sense of peace and freedom pervading the festivities;
· watching the clever strategy of the farmers' demonstration...handing out ice-cream and cheese curds;
· wondering how many trans-fats there might be in each portion of fries, hot dogs and poutine served by the multitudinous chip wagons;
· enjoying the many personal displays of multiculturalism that makes our country unique;
· revelling in the unquestionable beauty of "a sea of red and white";
· laughing at the reaction of kids in the crowd to the smell of the RCMP horses "pooh";
· getting bowled over by the sheer energy and rhythms of the Baobab Tree drumming and dancing;
· admiring the precision of the Snowbirds fly-over;
· smiling at the outlandish displays of 'maple leaf`patriotism' with painted faces, tattoos, weird hats and costumes;
· sensing the excitement permeating the air just prior to the stupendous climax of the fireworks display;
· appreciating the perfect timing of the rainstorm which held off until well after most scheduled activities were completed.
A day to remember. Thanks Canada!!