If you can visit another country, you should do it! I had the chance for a very short visit to Manila in the Philippines and it was really interesting. My friend and I visited Guam Island for a week and we transferred planes in Manila so it didn’t cost any more money to stay there for 2 nights. We stayed at a hostel near the airport and we arrived pretty late in the evening. The next day, we spent the whole day looking around Intramuros, an old Spanish walled city, the museum and main park, as well as Mall of Asia (a lot like West Edmonton Mall)! We travelled by jeepney, which was very cheap, to get around the city. We saw very poor areas and we also took a train to visit a big mall with very expensive stores. There was a lot of history in the city and there were also many American businesses. I was very surprised to see so many guns because every business and building had guards with guns. For a short trip, I saw a lot!
It’s interesting to watch videos and TV shows that are filmed in your hometown, when you can recognize many of the landmarks and objects in the video. Here are some videos that were filmed in Edmonton. They are very useful for reviewing a lot of the vocabulary that relates to different kinds of transportation. Enjoy!
The TV show was all filmed during one day at Edmonton International Airport, and shows many of the different problems that happen at an airport.
Martin Kerr’s music video was all filmed on the LRT train system in Edmonton, as well as at some stations. People from Edmonton should be able to recognize many familiar locations.
I really prefer to choose my own time off, and with no paid vacation, I usually don’t take much time away from work. However, my workplace decided that there would be 4 weeks/year with no classes, so I guess that I have time off, ready or not! Most people consider late August to be summer, but in this part of the world, the summer weather ends about 6 weeks after the solstice, just after the August long weekend. There is usually a lot of nice weather ahead, but the nights and mornings are often quite cool. This week has been no exception. The mornings are in the low teens or single digits, Celsius!
My original plan was to visit Prince Albert National Park, in Saskatchewan, to paddle to Grey Owl’s cabin. However, as the week approached, I had no paddling partner, so I altered my plans to travel around Alberta, to some of the many micro-breweries that have started up over the last few years. As Friday approached, I had a sinus infection, so I took another couple of days to recuperate. I visited a couple of local “Irish” pubs at the end of the week: O’Byrne’s on Whyte Avenue and The Druid, on Jasper Avenue. The Druid was closing on the weekend, and all of their staff had been laid off with only a week’s notice, which is very sad!Sunday, I started off from Edmonton to Red Deer, only 90 minutes south. I camped at the Lions’ campground on Riverside Drive. It’s a very nice urban campground, although traffic in the area seems to have a speed problem.
Sunday, I started off from Edmonton to Red Deer, only 90 minutes south. I camped at the Lions’ campground on Riverside Drive. It’s a very nice urban campground, although traffic in the area seems to have a speed problem so it was noisy in the evening. I met a running friend at Troubled Monk Brewery, in an industrial area of the city. What delicious beer they have! Their seasonal beer was very interesting because it was made with syrup made from a European ground cover plant. They also had a raspberry syrup. Their Homesteader Saison is always one of my favourites, and they filled a 1-litre growler with that for me to bring home. Apparently, I really like Belgian yeast! The weather was pleasant, and I visited a cocktail bar in Red Deer, To The Lost for supper, and to try one of their very interesting cocktails. They had some really interesting appetizers: devilled eggs and curried chickpeas. It was hard to choose one cocktail, but I wasn’t disappointed with the Inner Light that I tried. The bar is right in the historic downtown, so I spent time exploring the city gardens down the street, where all of the Pokemon players were out to play. What beautiful flowers they have in the garden.
Sunday evening was very pleasant, but sometime during the night, the wind began to howl, and the rain began to pour! When I woke up, it was too wet and windy to make breakfast at my campsite, and the temperature was only 8 degrees. I picked up some groceries and saw patches of clear sky, so I paid for a second night of camping, and drove to Olds, 1 hour south, for my second brewery visit. Olds College has been an agricultural college for more than 100 years. 3 years ago, they began to teach the fine art of brewing, which is part of the reason that there are so many fine new breweries opening around Alberta! They had 6 lovely beers on tap, including a couple of wheat beers. The brewery is counter service only, but again, I chose a 1-litre growler and had them fill it to take along, as well as buying a couple of their beers from the cooler. There was a lounge in the adjoining hotel where they sold their beer, and I sat and watched the rain pour down, while the wind tossed the tree branches around. I visited a local Indian restaurant, where $10 bought me a lovely vegetarian feast and I explored the local Pokestops. After a couple of hours, I realized that I would be spending all of my time searching for dry places to spend time indoors and that just wouldn’t be a fun camping vacation. The forecast showed that the bad weather (80K/hour winds!) would continue for at least 2 more days. Finally, I decided to return to Red Deer to pick up my soggy camping gear and continue back towards home.
It was still fairly early at that point, so I continued north towards Lacombe, with a really beautiful historic downtown. I spent a couple of hours at an amazing restaurant and watering hole, Cilantro and Chive. There were very few empty seats on a Monday night! I sat at the penny-decorated bar, watching the bartender make Caesar drinks that were topped with sandwiches and other crazy things. Their beer selection was fantastic. I found the Ribstone Creek/Norsemen Brewing collaboration of Rhubarb Saison that was so popular, but sadly, it wasn’t really my style. The burger (bison and blue cheese) was fantastic, though!
Now, it was Monday night, and I was already back at home for the week! However, it was nice having time off in the city to do things that I don’t usually have time for, even some housework! Tuesday night, my biking friends decided that they needed an early-week beer, so it was wonderful to socialize together! My daughter and I had an amazing meal at The Local Omnivore on Thursday night. Friday, I returned to Lacombe and met a new running friend to tour the town in style. We started out at Sweet Capone’s, a new Italian bakery that’s only open from 10-2, Tuesday-Thursday. It sounds like they sell out of their cannoli that early every day! We tried a delicious variety, and she waited in the long lineup for me while I drove down. After fuelling up, it was time to explore the town’s fantastic trail system. Most of it was handmade by Bill Nielson, a local running legend (ran 100 marathons) who passed away 2 years ago. One thing that I never realized was that Lacombe is full of many small lakes, and it was a great pleasure to ride around them on these lovely trails. After exploring the trails in town, we rode south towards Blackfalds, 10 kilometres south of us, on one of the only stretches of Trans Canada Trail that I’ve seen, connecting communities. This trail was also amazing, and it went past the agricultural research station, farms, lakes, and acreages. A local cycling club was out enjoying the trail. After 30 kilometres of riding, it was time to visit Blindman Brewing in Lacombe. They have a lovely patio, and we enjoyed a plate of local cheese, sausage, and mustard while we sampled some really interesting flights of beer. Our server helped me to remember the difference between a “Saison” (Belgian farmhouse ale, with yeast from the French region of Belgium), and “Session”, a lighter beer that would allow a group of friends to consume several rounds of beer at one session without any serious damage. They do both extremely well, and I especially enjoy their sour beers. I was able to try #5, which was only sold for growler fills and consumption at the brewery. I also brought home their barrel-aged saison, which was magnificent. I stopped by Cilantro & Chives to try their duck wings. Although I’m crazy about duck, I thought these wings were a little salty for my liking. Still, a dish that’s not available elsewhere
On Friday evening, many of the Edmonton cyclists met for a memorial ride to commemorate Isaak Kornelsen, a young Edmonton track star, who was killed by a cement truck driver, while riding to work. I returned to the city too late to ride but met at the small, memorial “parklet” where friends and family met to remember Isaak. Afterwards, a group of us went for supper and beer at Situation Brewing, around the corner in Old Strathcona. I tried a delicious pork steak accompanied by succotash, a fantastic bean dish. It was a pleasant evening to socialize. the weather was pleasant, and the windows were open in the bar.
On Saturday evening, friends from one of my canoe clubs organized a BBQ at their home in Beaumont, south of Edmonton. That evening, we were back to the cold and rainy weather, so our group moved indoors to eat and visit. Sunday was also a cool day, with rain at times. I had a lot of time to organize my camping gear as well as reading and relaxing. During free time, I visited the legislature a few times to play Pokemon, and it was really interesting to see how many people were roaming the lower grounds to play. Some people dress in costumes, many people bring their babies, older kids or dogs and one man was walking his ferret. When somebody finds an uncommon Pokemon, they yell out what it is, and there could be a hundred people or more who start to run in that direction to “Catch ’em all”.
The week wasn’t really what I had planned, but I think that I really needed some time to just relax and enjoy some different things than usual!
Camping at Coal Lake in June, we saw that there was an excellent view of the dark night sky from our campsite. When I realized that the annual Perseids Meteor showers were going to brightest and most active on a weekend, this was a good place to return. As well, I saw that Samson Cree Nation was holding their pow wow on the same weekend, only about 20 minutes south of the campground. On the way through Wetaskiwin, we could see many people camping for a rock concert in town, camped only inches apart. At the municipal campground, only a dozen or so camping units spent the weekend, and our evenings were very peaceful. The firewood was very dry and seasoned, and it burned extremely well, as we watched the night sky. At first, nothing moved. Then, we gradually started to see movement, often slow, and occasionally extremely fast and bright, as the meteors crossed the sky. Friday night was clear, so we had very good visibility.
On Saturday morning, we went out for a hike after finishing breakfast. We searched for the Waskahegan Trail, but I realized after we were done that the trail is on the West side of the lake, not the east. Since we didn’t find a trail, we got out for about 8K on the country roads. After returning to the campground, some of us took naps, most of us read, and we tried out my “slackline”, a low and easy trapeze. Some people got pretty good at using it. I only managed a little bit, with a person on either side to hold onto! Some of the group went to investigate Bittern Lake, a wildlife area. They discovered that the grass was very long, the lake was very low, and there were many ATV users there, going fast.
In the evening, most of us went to Maskwacis, to enjoy the Samson Cree Nation pow wow. This was a really beautiful event. the vendors had a great selection, and the food was top-notch. It was fascinating to watch the hand games, a complicated version of the “shell game” at carnivals. Each team had drummers and singers, so there was a LOT of great energy in the building where the games were happening. Grand entry and the intertribal competition were both spectacular. It would have been nice to stay late, but I was worried about night driving where there are a lot of deer and moose, so we got back to the campsite about 11. There was some heavy rain on our way back and the night was cloudy, so not much good for watching the meteors.
Sunday, most people wanted to get back home pretty early, but a couple of us went over to Camrose to take a look around. The town is very well-maintained and the area around Mirror Lake is especially lovely. We visited Norsemen Brewery, located in the large Norsemen Inn. It doesn’t really have the “vibe” of a micro-brewery, being a very large pub, but their 3 beers were all tasty. After that, it was less than an hour to drive back to downtown Edmonton.
I first visited the Ross Lake campground at Whitney Lakes in 2014, and I was really impressed with the place. Campsites are extra-big, and quite private. There are several very nice lakes, where swimming is very nice, and it’s close to several hiking trails, including the Iron Horse Trail, and the historic Carlton Trail. I recommended the trip to my cane club(s) and outdoor club last year and this year, but people seem to have different ideas about how to spend a long weekend. Luckily, there was one member of my outdoors club who wanted to go camping someplace new. Depending on how you go, and whether you stop, it takes about 2 1/2-3 hours to drive to Whitney Lakes from Edmonton, on quiet highways. We stopped in both directions at Mundare & Two Hills, and we also paused in Elk Point and Myrnam on our return trip.
I was hoping to paddle for one day on the North Saskatchewan River, but we didn’t have another vehicle to provide shuttle service. Nevertheless, paddling was very pleasant on Ross Lake, as well as Whitney Lake. I really enjoyed the calls of the loons on Whitney Lakes. Swimming was also quite lovely on both lakes. On Sunday afternoon, the weather was warm and sunny for 2-3 hours, long enough to nap on the beach, and to enjoy going back and forth between warming up on the beach and cooling off in the lake. The area is very popular with families. There were motorboats on the lakes, but they weren’t terribly noisy and busy.
We tried hiking around Whitney Lake, but a portion of the trail was underwater, in both directions. The Iron Horse Trail out of Lindbergh was a nice spot to enjoy all of the birds, berries, and butterflies that were plentiful.
The days were pretty cloudy, with rain threatening much of the time. It rained extremely heavily on Saturday and Sunday nights. Our neighbours helped us out by setting up tarps over our tents, including one of their own. They set them up while we were off canoeing, and they drove away from the campground very early Monday, leaving us their tarp and ropes! Evening campfires were great, and we ate very well.
On the way back to Edmonton, we enjoyed the traditional Ukrainian church in Myrnam. In Two Hills, we were curious to visit the “Mexican Family Store”. When we went inside, we saw that about half the store sold fabrics and Bibles for Mennonite families in the area, and the other half had a wide range of Mexican food and cleaning products. It seems that the town is being settled by Mexican Mennonites, who also speak German, and there is a large Mennonite school in the town. I picked up vanilla, panela (solid cane sugar), and a number of other spices and Mexican foods. We also noticed that the main restaurant in town advertised Mexican, Ukrainian, and Western cuisine. That was a pretty big surprise, in rural Alberta! In Mundare, we visited Stawnichy’s Ukrainian (Mundare) Sausage, a famous, long-standing business (0ver 50 years). It was a great place to pick up assorted meats, and some delicious Ukrainian food, including fruit perogies and cabbage rolls.
I paddled this stretch of river in 2014, and really enjoyed the area. It’s a good, easy river run, relatively close to Edmonton, but very peaceful, once you’re on the river. I invited members of my outdoors club to join me this year. There were some folks who are usually hikers but who wanted to try paddling. Most people on the trip had a fair amount of previous paddling experience. We made the trip with 8 people in 4 canoes, which was a perfect number for staying together and moving along.
There is a really decent municipal campground adjacent to Vega (Klondyke or Klondike) Ferry. We camped both nights at the campground for $12/site, and there was firewood and a cook shelter available. Most of us gathered at the A&Ws in Barrhead, where we could also purchase food & beverages nearby. There was a worry about how high and fast the river might be, so we met at the bridge near Fort Assiniboine to assess. The group decided that things looked manageable, so we locked up our canoes by the bridge, before proceeding to our campsites. Saturday morning we started out fairly early, returning to the put-in with 2 vehicles.
Most of the day on the water was very pleasant. Although there were dark clouds on both sides of the river a lot of the day, there was no heavy rain or lightning. The speed of the river kept us moving at a comfortable pace. We spotted deer and moose along the river, eagles, and assorted other birds and wildlife. As we neared our destination, the wind picked up and we had to work very hard to keep moving forward for about 30-45 minutes. Luckily, the wind died down again and we reached the campground with plenty of time to relax and fix dinner. Some of us returned to pick up our vehicles from the put-in, and I enjoyed the old-time general store and lovely coffee shop in Fort Assiniboine. Some of the group checked out a short hike in the morning. My trip partner had an injured ankle, so we explored the discount stores and
On Sunday, some of the group checked out a short hike in the morning. My trip partner had an injured ankle, so we explored the discount stores and Pokestops of Westlock on the way back to Edmonton. There were hearty, healthy lunch dishes available at the grocery store. It was lovely to watch the crops and livestock along the highway. An excellent weekend adventure!
Pokémon GO has only been available in Canada for about 10 days, but it’s become extremely popular, in a very short amount of time. Players should pay attention to their surroundings, and they should be considerate of people who live and work near Poké Stops & Gyms, where you collect weapons and have battles. Unlike other video games, players have to get out and move around their communities to play Pokémon GO. It’s very interesting to see how much exercise players are getting, and how much interaction is happening, when players meet each other. So many strangers have given me advice about how to play! Think about some skills that you want to learn and how you can use Pokémon GO to help you learn those skills. Prepositions are one area of vocabulary and grammar that are often difficult to learn. Ask for advice and give it about where to locate Pokéstops, gyms, and monsters! Find new places around your neighbourhood, as well as when you go someplace new.
Educators from around the web offer ideas for incorporating Pokémon GO into the classroom.
The title of this post is meant to be ironic. It’s not true that Edmonton is the worst city in Canada. In fact, it has the largest park system in North America, tons of recreation facilities, and non-stop festivals in fun. You can stay away if you want, but you’ll miss out, if you do!
What a big and beautiful country Canada is! We are so lucky here to have so much wilderness and nature that is available to enjoy. Take a look at these lovely photos that come from each of Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories!
This video is actually created from outtakes of an advertising campaign for instant noodles! The scenery is from many regions of Viet Nam.
This video of Japan really portrays the contrasts between ancient and super-modern, nature and highly technical man made.
Enjoy a short trip to Asia!
If you only have a short time in Alberta, you could actually see all of these places in one day. However, you should take your time, if at all possible, and enjoy them in stages. The Lake Louise Alpine Club Hostel is an amazing place to stay if you want to visit these gorgeous mountains and lakes. The roads (especially up to Moraine Lake) are not open year-round, so plan your trip for the best views. September and October can be really gorgeous because the Larch/Tamarack trees turn golden yellow at that time of year.
Last night, I went out with my friends. Nine women got together, and we went to Pampa. It’s a Brazilian restaurant that’s downtown. It’s a good restaurant but more expensive. We had meat and wine, and we talked about men, politics and life. We had a fun time there, and then we went to Central Social Hall. It’s a bar, and we drank and danced there. I don’t like drinking alcohol very much, so I drank one Cuba Libre, which is rum with Coca Cola. I don’t like dancing either, so I didn’t go out very late. I got home at midnight. I went home in my friend’s boyfriend’s car. The rest of my friends danced and drank until very late, so they got home about 3 o’clock. It was a good night but not very much fun for me.
When we traveled to Real de Catorce, my first bad experience was when we burst a tire on the way. We had to stop for 3 hours because we hadn’t brought a spare tire, and that was boring. The people in the village were friendly, and they helped us to buy another tire because we didn’t know where to go.
My second bad experience was in the desert. When we were down in the desert, it started raining and we couldn’t ride because the land was converted to quicksand. We got stuck in the mud for 5 hours, and we had to stand around until the rain was over. It was terrible and funny because when we finished, we were very dirty.
I’m writing about a night out with friends. One weekend, three months ago, I went to another city to visit two very good friends.
When I arrived at my friend’s house, I got dressed in her home to go out. After that, we went to pick up my other friend. We went first to a restaurant for dinner and after that, we went to a quiet pub to drink and talk. Once we went into the bar, we met other friends and we decided go to a party in another city 1 hour away from this city. But the four had drunk alcohol, so that wasn’t a great idea. We drove, and then left my car in the parking lot, so we paid for a taxi to travel to the other city. We danced and drank until 7 in the morning. In the disco, I lost my coat, but someone returned it. The moment with my friends was fantastic and it finished when they closed the disco. Then, we returned to my friend’s house and slept here. When I got up, I remembered my car but I didn’t remember where it was parked, so my friend and I searched for it for 2 hours! I was very angry and I felt pretty bad but finally I found my car and laughed about the experience.
In Edmonton, the Sugar Bowl is a restaurant and bar, and this is my favourite place. I went with a friend two weeks ago. I wanted to have food with meat, but because of my limited English, the waiter didn’t understand me and I got three burgers. I was eating burgers all week and I didn’t want this food any more! But this restaurant is always excellent. I get breakfast there with my husband every weekend, and we always have a good time there. We talk about our families, our country and our experiences and plans in Canada. There, I can see interesting people, and the majority are students at University of Alberta. The ambiance is very nice. When I finish my breakfast, I get a coffee and I go to my apartment walking between the trees, and beside the river.
I traveled to the beach in Brazil two years ago with my husband. We drove there by car. It was great because I love to drive for a long time.
When we arrived there, it was a terrible experience for me. The place was beautiful. But everything went wrong that day. The weather was pretty bad; it was raining a lot and cold. We didn’t go to the beach. We stayed in the hotel for one day with nothing to do. The hotel was horrible. The people were unfriendly, they didn’t accept cards, only money, they didn’t have parking for the car, and the room smelled bad. I didn’t like the sheets because they weren’t clean enough for me. I asked my husband to move to another hotel, but they were all full. However, I liked the food. It was terrific.
At night, my husband and I went out to see the city. I loved the city; it was fantastic. There were good restaurants, many stores were open late at night and many people were in the street. It was supposed to be a three-day vacation, but we returned home on the second day.
I went back there again, but that time, the weather was amazing and we stayed at a fantastic hotel.
I went out with some friends, and we went to a pub and restaurant. It was a good one, with a beautiful design. We had typical food, like steak, salad, and fish, and then we had wine and entertainment. It was a very good evening. My friends and I enjoyed live music, we danced, and we talked about our vacations and experiences. We enjoyed our evening and we went home by taxi. We left the pub at 2 am, and we got at home about 2:30 am.
Fantastic. We had a great time: 10/10 points.
I went home last September, and I when I came back to Edmonton, my flight was terrible. I had to wait in the airport for 3 hours. The food on the plane was bad because it was cold. The flight attendants were also cold. After I got to Montréal at 11 pm, I missed my other flight, and I waited in airport another 12 hours for the next one. I was very tired because I didn’t sleep. After that, I finally arrived in Edmonton. For me, it was a bad experience.
A bad day in Valencia:
My girlfriend and I went to Valencia in the summer. One day was horrible because that day the people were unfriendly and cold in general and the weather was terrible (Oh my God!): It rained all day! My girlfriend lost her wallet in the restaurant where we went that day and the food was pretty bad (we did not return). At night, we went to a pub with live music and it was fantastic (we liked it). We drank a lot of alcohol, we ate a very big meal and then we went home by car at about 7:00 a.m. It was a day to forget, a bad day.
How are you? I went to Beijing. The weather was fantastic. First I drove to Bar Street, a street with about 50 bars. The people were friendly. I was lost, and they directed me. I went to Wangfujing Hotel, where there were lots of people and delicious food. After dinner, I went to a teahouse because it’s a good place to talk.
Holiday: My husband, my son and I came to Beijing. The weather was horrible, we couldn’t get a taxi, I lost my luggage, and I was very anxious. The people were unfriendly. We checked into a hotel, but it was dark. When we came to a restaurant, it was crowded with too many people, and someone stole my wallet. I felt so depressed, and this holiday was very unhappy.
I wanted to tell you about my trip when I went to Germany.
This was a bad experience. Why? Let me explain that. I flew from Belgium to Frankfurt in Germany and on the plane, everyone was talking in German and a little English. I was frustrated, and I didn’t know what to do when I needed something. I didn’t know how to ask questions. You know what? I asked for water to drink and I didn’t specify that I wanted mineral water, either non-sparkling or with gas. So, the hostess gave me gas water, which I didn’t like because I don’t like sparkling water.
When I arrived in Frankfurt, I couldn’t find one of my suitcases. This was another problem, how to ask the question and in what language? The people didn’t respond, and they were unfriendly and very cold.
But just after, I asked another hostess the question: did she work at the airport, and did she speak French? She replied yes, and I was very happy because I was already starting to cry. And she got the information about my luggage. She told me to write everything that I had in my luggage and also the address where I would be. She told me to be quiet, and they would send me home. The good news is that I received my luggage 3 days later.
I went out with my friends, Victoria and Elvira, in August. I wore blue trousers, a white blouse, and high heel shoes. My friends also wore nice clothes.
We went to “Hard Rock Café”, which is a bar and restaurant. There is good food and live music. On the weekends, various rock bands perform.
We had different dishes and drank wine and beer. We talked about music, movies and fashion.
We had a wonderful time.
After the restaurant, our husbands came for us. I got home at 1:30 am.
When we lived in Kuala Lumpur, I had bad experiences with taxi drivers. My daughter and I were returning from my friends’ place. We caught a taxi near her home. He said that price would be 15 RM. When we arrived, he said that the price was 50 RM. When I refused to pay, the taxi driver shouted at us. The guard from our condominium helped us. I paid 15 RM and he left. It was terrible and unpleasant.
When I flew to Canada I had a very stressful trip. This was my first flight, I flew alone, and I didn’t know the English language. The entire trip lasted 20 hours. I had two transfers, first in Warsaw in Poland. I had very little time, maybe 50 minutes and I was afraid that I would not make my connecting flight. And my second flight change was in Toronto, Canada. The airport was very large and very strange. I had to find my baggage and my plane to Edmonton. I had three hours until my next plane to Edmonton, but checking to find my baggage and debriefings in Customs and Immigration took me a long time. Everything is very difficult when you don’t speak the English language. My last flight from Toronto to Edmonton was first delayed for 30 minutes and then the storms ended, and we could land in Edmonton. When I landed I was very happy because I was very tired of traveling. For my 2 weeks back in Poland, unfortunately, I have to survive this journey again. I have learned a little English, so it will certainly be easier!