Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
March 25, 2014. ALECSO stands for the 'Arab League Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization' and I spent most of the day in meetings in their offices in Tunis. ALESCO is essentially the Arab League's equivalent to UNESCO. This photo is from the ALESCO boardroom where we met.
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Monday, March 24, 2014
March 25, 2014. This is the historic Ottoman bedroom in the restaurant we had dinner in today. When they said it was a restaurant in a house, I was thinking something like a Cape Cod in Moncton. How wrong I was! This house was home to 23 people while it was still a house. Now it's a really beautiful restaurant.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014
March 22, 2014. This is the view outside my hotel window here in Tunis. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe a mosque, library or conveention centre? (Update: cultural centre). It's obviously underconstruction. But who can object to a giant glass sphere inside concrete pillars? Or aall that marble facing?
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March 21, 2014. Busy day in the office, then out to the airport for a transfer here at Pearson en route to Tunisia. This is a view from the concourse leading to the international terminal, which is seen through the window (the high-speed moving sidewalk was broken again, as per usual).
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
March 20, 2014. This is the events board at Café Codiac. I keep meaning to print a Moncton Free Press poster to add to this, but I never find the time. The 'Baby Boomers Night' features Donny and the Cadillacs, starring Don Belliveau, my French-language tutor. Small city.
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March 19, 2014. I was running low on gas so I took a short detour out to the PetroCan station by the highway. 'The Highway' is of course the Trans-Canada Highway, and I've spent most of my life living within a few kilometers of it. This is an utterly meaningless scene of the highway - yet one so typical everyone in Canada will recognize it for what it is. FYI that is indeed Magnetic Hill in the background.
from Flickr http://flic.kr/p/mfqLtS
Monday, March 17, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
March 15, 2014. I could recognize by the brick on the side of the building, but I was unprepared for the interior of San Antonio de los Alemanes, which was constructed between 1626-33. This is a view of the ceiling, which is painted to look even higher than it is.
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Friday, March 14, 2014
March 14, 2014. Had an exciting day today - the first day without rain in a week, so I was able to cycle 37km way out to the sea south-east of the city and back, including the full length of the river valluey, but also stopped in cengral Valencia for the Fallas fireworks, which as you can see attracts a huge crowd. They're daytime fireworks, so they go for noise, and the noise levels are truly outstanding.
from Flickr http://flic.kr/p/m3mGmJ
March 13, 2014. So who expects to visit Valencia and experience nothing but rain? That has been my experience, though it doesn't mean I don't get out, just that I walk and I get wet. I thought the Market would be a good place to hang out for a bit, but as you can see I've snuck in after closing and it's basically empty. Oh well, back into the rain... (walked 6 km on jet-lag day, 11 km yesterday and 12 km today).
from Flickr http://flic.kr/p/m3kDAW
Thursday, March 13, 2014
March 12, 2014. This is where I had lunch. It is a very typical Spanish restaurant a few blocks from thee hotel near a park I took the time to explore. The food was quite good and a two-plate lunch was only 8 Euros (this included a quarter pineapple for dessert). Calle Bechi, 17.
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Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
March 9, 2013. I did some work online this morning and then went for a walk around the old city of Valencia. Presentation day tomorrow, so I'm pretty focused on that. P.S. it being the Fallas Festival in Valencia, there is a constant barrage of firecrackers downtown. I miss the big burning of the fallas (which happens March 18) but I'll get to see them this week.
from Flickr http://flic.kr/p/kSeJag
March 8, 2014. On March 11, 2004, 191 people headed for Atocha station in Madrid were killed when bombs destroyed four trains they were traveling on. This is the centre of the memorial, looking straight up. The clear canopy is held up by a constant air pressure - I like that, it's like the idea of eternal breath.
from Flickr http://flic.kr/p/kSf29N
Thursday, March 6, 2014
March 6, 2014. This is Andrea getting Sylvania Watkins's signature on a nice photo of the whole Moncton Miracles team at a team practice today (season ticket holders were invited to meet the team this afternoon). Mircales are down 2-0 in a best of 5 series, and I'll be gone for the next two games, so I might not see them again until next year. So from me to all of you: thank you, it has been a great season, win these games :) and you've done us proud.
from Flickr http://flic.kr/p/kLUh48
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
March 1, 2014. Slept in this morning, drove down to Finch subway station, took the train to Eaton Centre, picked up Andrea's cosmetics, took the train back, straight to the airport, flight to Fredericton, drove home, and now I'm typing these words. Bought a Sara Bareilles CD for myself; been listening to 'Brave' all day.
from Flickr http://flic.kr/p/kB9xfS
February 28, 2014. On the way back to the hotel after dropping Rod off at the airport. This old farm building is on highway 7 just off Islington. I imagined the days when this road was out in the country. Now it's part of Toronto. I redid my talk today, it went much better, we finished our meetings, and I spent the rest of the day sleeping. Yeah, Friday night in T.O. and I sent the evening sleeping. It has been a buy week.
from Flickr http://flic.kr/p/kB8tzN
February 27, 2014. So my presentation today was a complete disaster - and no, it wasn't because I shared the stage with this guy. Internet access was cut off, the slodes wouldn't advance, then they disappeared completyely. But I had a nice day with the people from Canada's defense learning and development community, followed by a fun evening get-together with the people from D2L.
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