Thursday, July 2, 2015

Canada Day Celebrations

Hello there and Happy (belated) Canada Day! It was VERY rainy here in Ottawa yesterday, which I must admit, certainly put a bit of a damper on the celebrations. Still, rain or shine, people still gathered together around the city to celebrate our beautiful country in true Canadian style!
Since it was so stormy out, Ryan and I didn't really spend as much time outside as we had planned to. Instead, we spent most of the morning watching episodes of House Hunters on Netflix. I personally love checking out the different kinds of houses on the market and the (sometimes very odd) things that people tend to be looking for when they're house hunting.
Rainy day shenanigans!
After awhile, we were both getting a bit stir-crazy from being cooped up for so long, so we got our rain gear on and headed outside! Our original plan was to walk to the Nature Museum, but when it started pouring rain like crazy about 10 minutes into our walk, we decided it was time to turn around. It was certainly nice to get a bit of fresh air, even if it was only for a short time.
Second try..Less silly this time!
We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and catching up with family, either over the phone or via Skype. Even though we all live fairly close to each other, it's not always easy to get together. 

At about 9:00pm we left to find a spot near Parliament, and after working our way through the crowds, we managed to find a place to stand near Sparks Street. We arrived in time to hear Magic! perform two songs, one of which was the song Rude. The fireworks started right at 10:00pm and were very entertaining to watch! There were plenty of red fireworks throughout the 15 minute show, although my favorites were the big purple and blue ones, as well as the rose-gold sparkle ones. The crowd was mostly young people, with a few families and older folks scattered around. Ryan and I both agreed after seeing people struggle to maneuver with strollers that we would rather avoid having to do that once we eventually have kids. Once the show ended, it took a few minutes to get a bus, although, thankfully the Ottawa transit administrators had prepared for the event and had plenty of buses lined up for people to take home. 

Happy (Belated) Canada Day!

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