Posts Tagged ‘Nova Scotia


Being back in Halifax


Photo from Dennis Jarvis on flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.

Family circumstances mean that for the last week and a half I’ve been living and working from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and will be here for a few more weeks. It’s been a changing experience to be here, and a very different one from when I’ve returned here for holidays.

I was born and raised in Nova Scotia, and spent 6 years in Halifax going to university. I’ve visited here many times in the years I’ve been away, since we still have family here and nearby. But this is the first time where the initial weirdness of visiting has worn off. Being here for this long, and doing ordinary things like working and buying groceries, has made me feel a little more local once again.

These things, which initially felt strange, have started to feel normal:

  • Everyone’s so freakishly polite, especially in the service and retail industry.
  • Food portions are massive.
  • Relaxed drivers: three times I’ve had cars that were already waiting at a four-way stop reverse to let me cross the street without having to walk around them.
  • Everyone has a funny Canadian accent.
  • The price you see on the tag is not the price you’ll have to pay at the counter.
  • It’s cold: it’s well into spring but some days temperatures max out in the low teens. Nevertheless there are a lot of people in shorts and T-shirts.
  • Lots of hockey. And I don’t feel the need to specify that it’s ice hockey.

I’m looking forward to seeing how things feel when we head out to the country.


Trip back to Canada

In two hours we’ll catch a taxi to the airport and start the 24-hour trek back to Nova Scotia, Canada.

The journey won’t be so bad. Sydney to Los Angeles – the longest leg by far – is in V Australia’s premium economy class, about which I’ve heard good things. LA to Montreal, then Montreal to Halifax, is by Air Canada, which is what it is.

The important thing is this will be the first time I’ve been back to Canada in two years. It’s been the same amount of time since I’ve seen most of my family too.

I expect this trip to be very fun, and very relaxing.

See you soon from the northern hemisphere.


Not Since Moses: running through the mud in NS

Although I’m having a good time with my running here in Australia, there’s a race where I’m from back in Canada that looks like it’d be a blast: the Not Since Moses Race, held recently in Five Islands, Nova Scotia.

Five Islands is a tiny community on the Bay of Fundy, one of the places that vies for the title of highest tides in the world. We’re talking 17m of vertical change between high and low tide. That’s a long way for the water to go in and out, and the five islands from which the town takes its name frequently cease to be islands.

Once each summer for the last four years, when the tide goes out far enough, runners race 10km through the mucky, exposed seabed here. And they appear to have a lot of fun doing it.

I’d forgotten about this race until my mom reminded me. I think that’d be an awesome race to try. Not with my good shoes, though.

Not Since Moses Race

Runners in the Not Since Moses Race. Photo by Welcome To Nova Scotia.


Trip to Canada

I neglected to blog in the past week, mostly because I was incredibly busy catching up at work after having been on holiday for a week and a half. Things are roughly returning to normality now.

The holiday, as I’d briefly written before, was back to Nova Scotia, Canada, where I grew up and where our families still mostly live. Lt Dan and Nellie are the exceptions – they live in Toronto and so we missed them this time. We’ll be seeing them soon, though.

NS was brilliant. We had none of the travel woes and close-calls we had at Christmastime. Family are all super and happy. The weather was great when it needed to be. We got around a lot, but there was enough downtime to really get chilled.

Quick recap, though I’ve mentioned some points before:

If you want to know what NS (or the Blue Lagoon) looks like, check out some pics on Facebook.

How did I get up there wearing my Mr. Lazy shirt?

How did I get up there wearing my Mr. Lazy shirt?


Awesome holiday

It’s a good ‘un so far. Sailing on the Bras d’Or Lakes, lobster and mussel feast, visiting family in Halifax and Hubbards, barbeques, hiking by the coast, running in Point Pleasant Park, and now chilling on the family farm in Cumberland County, with a morning walk in the woods. More bbq tonight; salmon, I think.


Holiday in Nova Scotia

We’re at Heathrow, soon to fly to Halifax, Canada (with a short stop in Reykjavik). I might not be blogging as much over the next week and a half. See you in August.


Back to Canada

Tomorrow we head back to Nova Scotia, Canada, for a quick summer holiday with our family. We spend a couple of days sailing on Bras d’Or Lake in Cape Breton, then some time in Halifax, and then the family farm in West Brook.

This makes me immensely pleased.