Friday, October 31, 2014

Graveyard



October 31, 2014. Happy Halloween from Armenia. This is the largest graveyard in Yerevan - I visited it after lunch on a longish walk in the southern part of the city. Grey day today, lots of cloud and smog.



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Armenia



October 30, 2014. It's a seven hour time difference here in Yerevan so it's not surprising I woke up after noon. I still managed to take a good long walk (11 km) around the city. This is a statue of Alexander Tamanian, the master planner of the city, who rebuilt what was a smallish town into the modern capital of the republic.



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Airbus A-380



October 29, 2014. It's hard to imagine how this thing flies. I viewed it as you can see through the window at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris. No, I did not fly it. I flew on what appeared to be a very old A-319 (which for some reason they had to spend an hour 'cleaning' before departure (it was so old it still had ashtrays and ceiling-mounted movie screens). 36 hours door to door on WestJet (OK) and Air France (brutal).



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2,000 Kilometers



October 28, 2014. Traveling today. I had a 12 hour layover in Toronto, which is crazy. But what I did is I went down to Gears, a bike shop in Port Credit, rented a nice road bike, and set out down Lakeshore Road for Burlington. It was 77 kilometers there and back (I actuallt went half way across the Hamilton Harbour causeway. But more significantly, it was on this ride that I accomplished by 2014 goal of cycling 2,000 kilometers. This is a hard goal, for many reasons - hard enough that I will not be increasingit next year. But for now, I'm in a lounge in Pearson, waiting for my flight, and reflecting on the glory that is mine. Oh yeah - the photo is Lake Ontario - you can see Toronto in the distant background.



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Polly



October 27, 2014. Very busy day, meetings plus running around getting ready to travel. Plus a spin class. Last thing before bed: this photo of Polly in the kitchen, waiting for her evening treat.



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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Target



October 26, 2014. Andrea contemplates becoming a witch while I spot the flu shot sign to the left. We were there to get me travel food for my upcoming flight - we also got a new travel adapter and a pair of flu shots. I get them every year and haven't had the flu for a long time. I don't know why people won't get the shots; it was painless, took five minutes, and is way better than getting the flu.



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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rain and Mist



October 25, 2014. Went out for a couple hours in the rain and added another 30 kilometers to my cycling distance, brining me that much closer to my annual goal. This is up Mclaughlin Road, at the 10km mark from home. This evening, went to the Miracles exhibition game - good game, good crowd, looks like we might have a good year.



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