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We survived a whole week in Canada- it sure went by fast! Our first stop was in St Phillippe, just south of Montreal. Struggling with the internet was an understatement; the wifi was very restrictive and did not meet our needs, forcing us wake up super early to bring the RV to good old Tim Horton's to ensure the news got out on time...talk about perseverance!
Outside of that, our event was very enjoyable! Thank you to Michael for bringing doughnuts and coffee to share; we had some very thought provoking conversations with truly brilliant minds, including a physicist that has done extensive research with infrared imaging, and John of wearebeings.com, who shared some of his work and diagrams that blew us away. Very extensive and consistently evolving over time, with plenty of information to ponder - definitely recommend!
Next stop was Gatineau, Quebec - thank you to Martin, our host and friend always. He helped facilitate such a great event! He also took us to explore Ottawa, and his wife Yannet fed us plenty of delicious food. We truly enjoyed our time in Gatineau... met some very wonderful people!
The next morning, we headed into Toronto to prepare for our event at the Daily Bread Food Bank. Kelee, the Production Manager, assisted in putting together a great space and gave us a tour of their operations, which was incredible. It is insanely well organized with 11,000 volunteers a year, processing 12 million pounds of food each year with over 160 programs to help those in need. Along with an amazing community garden, their systems for tracking are astounding, and they even have a catering kitchen with a program to help those looking to be in the field to transition with a very good placement rate. It was a wonderful event, with a great turnout of folks (got some Canadian trinkets to remember our journey!) and Kelee not only put together some great snacks to munch on during the event - he even provided wine at the end- how can you beat that?!
On the 18th & 19th, we spent our time at Uxbridge for their 3rd annual Ribfest - what an awesome time! We got to enjoy live music, eat some fantastic ribs, and Ben got to try poutine for the first time. The description of it was never enticing to him ("Cheese curds and gravy?"), but I encouraged him to try it... and it was all gone pretty quickly - success! Definitely not something we can eat all the time, but it was very tasty. There was great live music in the evenings, and Ben took the stage for a presentation on our Sun and took some photos with sponsors that had come to visit. Thank you to Steve, who took such great care of us during our time there. Hope to run into you again soon!
After spending a great evening with my family (they fed us copious amounts of food - it was the kind of full feeling where you breathe in and out but your stomach doesn't move), we quickly passed out and got a good nights rest before heading back to the US. It is now Sunday evening; the drive has been long (but pleasantly very easy at the border!), and we will always look back with great memories on our week in Canada. Currently in Warsaw, NY catching up on work and preparing for the week ahead - wishing everyone a safe one!
Our blog covers the journey as we roll along - sharing stories of people we've met and engaged with, places we've seen, the discourse between a couple with two animals sharing <300 sq ft of moving living space, and more!