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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Day1/Day 2- Bonjour from Halifax

Weather: Overcast
Temperature: 30 F

Hi everyone- YES I MADE IT! There was a little bit of a delay in getting up here yesterday. I sat on the plane on the runway in NYC for 2 hours due to the weather and a lot of air congestion... yes stuck in traffic. I landed in Halifax 3 hours later than expected but it was well worth it. I took an Airport bus to the city and checked into my hotel. I wasn't able to see much as it was getting dark, but I did get up this morning and managed to walk quite a bit of the city. My first stop was Tim Horton's which is my absolute favorite place to get coffee in Canada. I then walked up past the Public Gardens (which were closed) and then up to the Citadel.

The Citadel (a military fort) sits on top of the highest point in Halifax- why might this be a good place for it? Remember Halifax is right on the ocean. It is a historic site for Canada and played a role in keeping it safe during conflicts with Britain and France (although they say never was a shot fired in defense). It was neat because I could walk around in it and witness the "noon shot" which is ceremonially fired everyday when the town clock strikes noon.

I then worked my way down the hill and towards the water front where I saw several tug boats and sailboats. It was pretty quiet because it was so cold out. What was pretty cool is that the Brier Cup is being held in Halifax this weekend. The Brier is an important event for the sport of Curling (remember the Olympics!). There were actually a lot of people at the Citadel who were in town for this event. One of them was an elderly man from the New Brunswick province here in Canada- He gave me a pin that has his province's flag on it. I will show you when I get back!

After my quick day in Halifax it was back to the airport to meet the team and head off to Cherry Hill which is where we will be staying. The pictures I showed you of the houses look exactly how they are in real life. It was so nice to meet everyone and to share in dinner and discussion about the weeks ahead. I will tell you more about them tomorrow. What was really exciting was to find out that there are 10 gallons of ice cream (all different flavors) in the freezer here :) I am posting a picture of a graduate student named Yuma who is here from Japan- holding a lot of the ice cream!

Alright I will post more tomorrow, its been a long day and I am looking forward to a little sleep before we start our day. I am hopeful that I will be skyping with you in the morning, we'll see how it works!

9 Comments:

At March 15, 2010 at 2:43 PM , OpenID Lady said...

I think that's pretty cool how there's a Tim Horton's in Canada! In Pennsylvania, we have one down the street from my mum's house.

 
At March 15, 2010 at 3:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the sound of what i read i looks like your having fun. so are u all going to eat the ice cream don't u think that thats a lot for only 6 or is it more then six teachers. while i just finish all the homework that you just gave us to do for homework it was really easy and some where hard while i hope that u have fun i'm just finishing my math homework i hope that u got to see a lot more today then yesterday say hi to the other teachers i really miss you.I'm making sure that the room is clean everday so that is not a mess like it use to be before you where gone while i have to go have fun. i'll write to u tomorrow as while.
AnaC.

 
At March 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Ms. Smith,
That sounds like so much fun! It was really cool Skyping you today, and I can't wait to do it again. I know you're busy there, so you don't have to Skype us very often, but we enjoy hearing from you. The people you are working sound nice, and I hope they are as excited as you are. Enjoy yourself!
Maddie S.

 
At March 15, 2010 at 9:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Connection! The Citadel is like the main Greek and Roman cities because it is on a high point and is near water. Have fun in Nova Scotia. And work hard. We are all counting on you.
Brad R.

 
At March 15, 2010 at 10:12 PM , Blogger Elise said...

That "noon-shot" sounds interesting!

Elise

 
At March 16, 2010 at 10:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i REALLY want that ice cream
But i hope your having fun Ms. Smith. i hope you have a really fun time rest of the trip :]

-Holli<3

 
At March 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I was going to ask what Citadel means but Brad pretty much answered that. Then i guess ill ask whats your favorite ice cream flavor? Or have you not had any yet?

Matt B.

 
At March 16, 2010 at 10:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

May we ever have a conversation with some of the people on the team over Skype? That would be really cool. Hope your having fun!

-Steven

 
At March 18, 2010 at 10:55 AM , Blogger DillonF said...

Hey ms. Smith!!! I hope you had a fun trip down!
Dillon

 

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