“There’ll be a hot time in the old town to-night.”
After the train episode we arrive at our destination, our Nations capital Ottawa. I have never been here before so this will be interesting. We head to the buses to take us closer to our hotel. We wait, and wait, while buses pass us by. Finally one stops, we ask the bus driver why the others passed by, and he explains that we just have to flag them down. Good to know.
We head to the mall (I hate the mall) and have some lunch. We walk around with our backpacks, I am happy I packed light. We then head outside to walk the block and a half to our hotel. It was like being hit by a wall of heat. We walk, and drip our way to the hotel. We open the door, the cool air rushes out. I am going to like this. The man behind the counter says it is 35c plus humidity making it feel like 45c, tomorrow will be worse. That should be fun.
Our room is very, very cool, it seems we cannot control the thermostat. These fleece socks came in very handy, thanks NDF. After some cable TV, I huddle under the blankets, and enjoy a nice long nap.
We decide to go explore downtown, and after we flag down a bus, we make our way to see the sights.
We walk down to the Rideau Canal to get a view of the parliament buildings; I notice a row of runners running in this heat, I think of Derrick, Sara and Dawn. This would be a beautiful run; it is so pretty with the old buildings, the park, and of course the canal. I am not sure about this heat but in the cool weather I would love to explore this trail.
I watch everyone lying on the grass near the sprinklers trying to escape this horrible heat. We are starting to overheat so we head to the Byward Market to find a nice air-conditioned place to eat.
|I would love to.|
We decide on a nice Irish Pub, I am thinking of my Grandmother. After a huge glass of lemon ice water, and a sandwich we venture back out into the heat to check out the sights.
This is a very busy place; it is pedestrian friendly, I am enjoying this. I love the eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, shops, and people. I could spend hours here but the heat was unbearable.
We head back to the buses.
Back at the hotel we enjoy the very cool air. I drift off to sleep. I am dreaming of the heat, humidity, and adventures of the next day, with no air-conditioned rooms on our agenda.