Tuesday, July 26, 2011


          “What dreadful hot weather we have!
          It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”

                                     Jane Austen

 Thursday morning in Ottawa, I awake to a very cool room but with my nice warm socks on I am comfortable. I head down to the lobby to grab a newspaper. A man in the elevator is saying that this is going to be the hottest day ever recorded. It is extremely hot out, and it is only 9 a.m. We have to checkout of our hotel at 12 pm. We have an appointment about four blocks away, we will grab a cab, it would be crazy to walk with our packs in this heat.
 After the appointment we will try to catch a bus back to the Via Station. It is 10:15 and I am anxious to get the day started, and get back to My Hero.
 It is 11:30 a warning flashes across the bottom of the T.V. just as we are leaving.  WEATHER WARNING!  Extreme temperature and humidex.

  We did take a cab to the office towers, and since the cab driver seemed to not have air conditioning, I roll the window down, and let the hot air blow through my hair. I pay him $13 for the short trip, and vow to find a air-conditioned, and much cheaper bus for our return to the Via.

M goes to do her thing and I find a nice nook in the cafeteria with a great view, I set myself up for the long wait. Sitting in a soft chair, I pull out my paper, and pen to begin writing. This always takes my stress away. It is 1 pm. and our train leaves at 5 pm. I enjoy the views from the window, and continue to write. The lady cleaning the tables gives me directions to the bus depot, it is supposed to be a ten-minute walk. That will be easy, even with our back packs this should be safe enough.

 M returns, we have a drink, and get ready for the short walk. We will walk to yet another mall, and then have something to eat, and then cross the street to the station.
 Since I had been sitting in an air-conditioned room for two hours I guess my body was used to it. We opened the door to go outside and I felt like I would pass out. I took a drink of water. We could do this, it was only 10 minutes. We would walk on the shady side of the street, at a leisurely pace. Well my hands started to shake, my muscles were aching from the backpack, and sweat was running down my face. The cab was looking better now. This must be what your marathon felt like Dawn. This heat was brutal, the hot pavement making it feel much hotter.
 We make it to the mall, I never thought I would say this but, I love the mall, it is cool, and full of enormous amounts of cold drinks. We decide to take a little time to relax, and eat. We go to a place called The Mongolian Village, you can pick from an assortment of veggies, meats, noodles, and sauces, place it in a bowl, and they will stir fry it in front of you. Since I was leery of eating too much in this heat, I stuck with lots of veggies, and chickpeas. It was delicious.

 We head across the street to the bus station. I am so impressed with the system here. The buses have there own roads no sharing with cars, and trucks. They are efficient, and you can get anywhere for only $3.25 a trip, and best of all they are air-conditioned. No need to flag one down here, everyone is waiting for a cool bus today.
  We are now sitting at the Via Station having yet another drink waiting for our train. It is 4 pm. The announcer comes on and says the trains are running an hour late. I am later told, they have to reduce the speed of the train in these extreme heat conditions.

 I am thinking of the sites I have seen, about getting  home, and My Hero. I can’t wait to get back to the farm with no pavement, and a breeze, even if it is a hot breeze. We board our train.
 M is reading the headlines in the newspaper. News Flash: It's Hot
 No Kidding!

 I cannot wait to come back and explore Ottawa. What I seen, I truly enjoyed. I will be bringing my fleece socks again, but I may not need them.



  1. We've been scorching down here too! Mid 90's with heat index 110! Last summer was hotter without any rain so this is bearable.

  2. Glad you are ok. After drinking all that liquid, bet you had to make your way to the train bathroom again! Ha Ha

    I really do not enjoy going to the city. I'm a country girl.

  3. With the possible exception of the chickpeas, it sounds like a wonderful trip!

  4. I hope you get some relief from the heat soon...today is better here, finally!
    I didn't expect Canada to be so hot...guess that shows how much I know!!

  5. when temps are hot, the cement of the city makes it intolerable. glad you 'made it back out alive'. :)

  6. Ha ha ... I'm with Clint re the chickpeas :O

    Loved seeing the pics of Ottawa - even if you had to sweat and nearly faint to get them. Oh boy, that heat sounds so oppressive.
    Yes, malls do have their good points in the heat don't they!

  7. Sounds like a bit of an adventure. I think we are all a bit tired of the heat.

  8. Bi-polar temps. So cool you need fuzzy socks and so hot a ten minute walk is life-threatening. Wow! All that concrete and stone holds and shares. As magnificent as the city is...give us green!

  9. Oh, you poor dear! I'm glad you were able to keep going and take some breaks along the way.

    What a beautiful city. Maybe you and your Hero can get away for a weekend to visit next time. :)

  10. That was an unbelievable day. I had to head to the airport that afternoon. It felt like someone had the furnace turned up, waaaay up!

    Sure glad we don't get days like that very often!

  11. I know what you mean! It's 104 here today, and I don't even want to think about what the heat index might be.

  12. ....And we're freezing down here!! Huge frost this morning. I should have taken a pic to send to you.
    I hope your friend is ok...sending her good vibes. You're a good friend Buttons. Hugs to both of you. Maa

  13. I think you're a tough gal braving all that heat. Yes, the malls are seeing heavy activity with the heat index outside. Lucky us, we had a thunderstorm last night. Stay cool. Debi

  14. beautiful city, what a shame you could not enjoy it more.

    it's just so hot everywhere, it makes it soooo hard to enjoy the summer!!

    i'll bet your happy to be back, "there's no place like home"!!!


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