Category Archives: Travel

Show 534 Friday 19 October

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Today we went to Halifax. The trip went smoothly until just before we arrived in Halifax and suddenly the bus crashed into the car in front. So we had to wait for about an hour before we could continue. Luckily no one on the bus was hurt but the guy in the car got taken away in an ambulance.

We all had to give our details to the police.

This is Halifax.

First we went to Keith’s brewery. We did a tour. The tour was great. The guides were all dressed in costumes and they spoke as if they were living in the 1800s. It was really cool.

In we go on folks. Time’s a-wasting.

We had to show them ID and wear a sticker.

Hello folks, how are you doing today? Good. Well, my name’s Amy O’Hara and Mr. Keith gave me explicit instructions to take you under my wing, so to speak, and to show you what it is you’ve gotten yourselves into. So follow me, right this way.

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to film anything. But we were allowed to take photos.
On the tour they showed us a movie and talked about the history of Keith’s.

The guides stayed in character the whole time. This guy was brilliant. He was very funny.

They served us beer, sang, danced, told us a story, and played a game. I fully recommend this tour if you’re ever in Halifax.

After the tour we walked around Halifax for a bit.

Then we went to a shopping mall where I saw a Spiderman bucket and a singing tree, but nothing else that was very interesting.

Signs from the tour:

notes

time’s a-wasting = we are wasting time

take you under my wing
under one’s wing = in or into one’s protective care

knave
n. (archaic) a scoundrel

scoundrel
n. a dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue

rogue
n. a dishonest or unprincipled man, a mischievous but likeable person

unscrupulous
adj. without moral principles, not honest or fair

fisticuffs
n. pl. (old-fashioned or humorous)
a fight in which people hit each other with their fists

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: Fabio Basile
album: Mabbit
track: Tropica Bulgar
from: Verona, Italy
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site
YouTube channel

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Show 507 Saturday 22 September

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Deutsch

Last Sunday, some nice people took us on a bit of a tour to some places near Wolfville.
The part of Nova Scotia we are in is called the Annapolis Valley.

We drove through a town called Canning and we stopped to look at some Canadian geese.

I really like the colour of the sand on this beach.

We stopped at a place called a look off. There was a beautiful view.

This is Hall’s Harbour. Hall’s Harbour started out as a pirate base. We didn’t see any pirates though.

This is the Acadian flag.
And this is a plant inside a gumboot.
A wishing well.

The most famous thing around here is the tides.

The Bay of Fundy’s funnel shape and prevailing Atlantic Ocean currents conspire with planetary rotation to create the highest tides on Earth – as much as 16 meters above low tide.

See this poor little boat has no water to float in now … but in a few hours it’ll be a different story. This is a picture from the sign.

Birdie.
Nice rocks.

We went into a really old shop.
They were selling something called dulse. I’d never heard of dulse before.

Then we went to see these cool concrete houses. Some people were renting this house and they let us go inside and have a look.

After we saw the houses, we drove to the concrete house museum.

This is me with a pumpkin. Me and some geese.

We had a really nice lunch at the union street café in Berwick.

Then we went home.

links

Canning
Bay of Fundy
Annapolis Valley

Annapolis Valley on Wikipedia

Canadian Geese
Acadians
Dulse
Concrete Houses
Union Street Cafe

music

show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

other music
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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Show 493 Saturday 8 September

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Deutsch

When we got here yesterday we pretty much went straight to bed.
We slept for a few hours and then walked to the university.
We walk through the town of Wolfville to get there. Wolfville isn’t very big but it’s really pretty.
We walked through a park and found the information centre so we went in and picked up some brochures.
We saw a fire station.
A noticeboard.
A shop called Loonies and Toonies.
This is the shot we saw in the article about Wolfville in the Air Canada magazine.
And this is Acadia University.
The English language department is part of Continuing and Distance Education.
Today we went to the Wolfville Farmers’ market.
There was some nice music.We saw some apple cider which I was surprised to find out it wasn’t alcoholic.

In this part of the world, um, though … for whatever reason, apple juice means the stuff in a can you buy in the stores and this is apple cider – whereas in most parts of the world apple cider is alcoholic. Yeah, but, sorry to inform you that there’s no alcohol in this.

I looked at some cool clothes and art.
I saw some eda mame. And I found a new vegetable called celeriac.

Kind of like celery, but a little bit stronger flavour.
Just yeah, cut of these and peel, peel that part.

After the farmers’ market we decided to go for a swim in the lake.
On the way we saw the Deep Roots festival office. That’s a music festival which is going to be happening in Wolfville next weekend. Good timing!

We saw a pub so I had a quick look inside.
This is the Wolfville flag.
They have a police station here. Although I can’t really imagine any crime happening.
Lots of people were having garage sales. Or yard sales as they call them here.

Check this crossing out. It’s on an angle.

And this is the lake we swum in.
After our swim we went to a yoga class at the Inner Sun Yoga Centre.
This place has just opened and we went to the first class. It was really fun.
Wolfville rocks so far.
Life is good.
Mmm apples.
But this evening we experienced severe culture shock when we went to buy a 6 pack of beer. They come in packs of eight.
Mmm good shock.

links

Acadia University
English Language Studies at Acadia
Drumlin
Wolfville Farmers’ Market
Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival
Inner Sun Yoga Centre

Show 492 Friday 7 September


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Deutsch

On Thursday morning we left home at 10am.
Before we left Nelson we made a special guest appearance at an elementary school.
We told the students the story of Momotaro. We taught them how to count to five in Japanese and had a quick shodo lesson.
We wrote heiwa with paint brushes and black paint.
I thought their shuji was pretty good!

This is the class watching Show 444.

Screw the red parts back on.
Carry the feeder outside, upside down.

And this is the school library. Nice library eh?

After school, we went to the airport in Castlegar.
The woman who checked us in was super nasty … but the guy checking our boarding passes was really nice so at least Castlegar airport doesn’t get zero stars. Maybe one.

This was our plane. Air Canada Jazz.
We had a nice view.
Clouds.
Propeller.
I wonder what a cowl is.
Lakes.
Mountains.
Snow.

In Vancouver Airport we went to a bar and I did some editing and drank some beer.
Then we got on our next flight. Not a jazz plane this time.

I was really impressed with Air Canada’s entertainment system.
I watched a TV program called Desperate Housewives. I’d never seen that before. It was getting kind of interesting but then we started landing and it stopped.

These were our flight attendants, they were pretty cute.

Not much was going on in Edmonton airport, but we were only there for about an hour.
Then we got back on the plane. There were plugs and USB ports on this plane. Cool. So we charged our iPods and did some work on the computer.
We also watched Spiderman 3. Which was pretty cool. I think it might have been better if I had seen Spiderman one and two though.

Someone met us at Halifax airport. It was so cool. I’ve always wanted to be met at the airport by a person holding my name on a sign.

When we arrived it was 6am local time but 2am BC time and we hadn’t slept on the plane so we were pretty tired. But the woman who drove us to Wolfville was really nice so it was good talking to her.

notes

平和 = へいわ = heiwa = peace

links

Momotaro
shodo

Wolfville

Desperate Housewives

Show 491 Thursday 6 September

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Deutsch

Today we’re leaving Nelson, so I thought I’d show you some random things in Nelson before we go.
So this a pretty lake.
A plane.
A bridge.
This is a streetcar. We call them trams in New Zealand.
Check this out. Streetcar is one word here and here. And two words here.
Mysterious.
Here are some boys playing Canadian tennis.
And this is me doing a citizenstand.
These are some ducks or geese or something by the lake.
Here they are again.
Yeah, they look more like geese than ducks.
And a dog chasing them.
A boat.
Another one.
Birdie.
Duck.
Another duck.
The Wednesday markets in Nelson.
Nelson Curling Club in inverted commas. I wonder what it really is … mmm must be something dodgy.
Blue skies.
I love Nelson.
A book shop.
How to drink beer and save the world. Sounds good.
This looks like a face.
Some billboards outside of Nelson. First this one used to say: grow a brain. Now it says: my life. I wonder what it’s going to say next.
Some clouds. Cool eh.
Some fish on a fence.
This is me walk past a pile of rocks. There are rock sculptures everywhere in Nelson.
Potatoes. We dug up all the potatoes.
Mmm delicious roast vegetables and wine.links

citizenstand
this is the citizenstand video I was inspired by