What I learnt this week: Chumbawamba!

If you’re too young to know the above band- do yourself a favour and look them up.  They basically only had one hit- ‘I get knocked down.’  Which is this weeks lesson.  More on that soon…

Monday morning, another career fair in Canada.  The day started slow but ramped up very quickly.  So much talking, I lost voice.  On another note Edmonton is so cold. I’m pretty sure the snot in my nose actually turned to icicles during the walk from the hotel to the university.

After a hard days work the hotel was so kind as to put on free wine and cheese for us at the bar.  Well not just us, but the all the guests.  Didn’t take advantage though…much.  Needed an early night.

Next day was spent compiling candidate info from the career fair and making further contact with them.  I was so exhausted, it was the 3rd time zone in less than a week.  Oh woe is me, right?  We took the night off and checked out the largest shopping centre in Canada, and quite possibly the world.  It had an indoor theme park- Galaxy Land!

Martine and I played like  5 year olds for a couple hours.  Lots of spinning, whirling and twirling.  Although this came to an abrupt holt once we got on a ride that swung from side to side until you virtually tipped upside down.  It was fun, until it got too high.  I was like- ‘I wanna get off now!!!’ That was the ride that ended play time.  Martine and I were very green.  The bus ride home wasn’t fun.  We both had to try and keep the vomit down.

Next day, got up, packed up.  Plane to Toronto.  Stuck in traffic.  Hotel 7pm.  Starving.   Went to our fave organic restaurant, ‘Fresh,’ for a much needed healthy dinner.  Ate chocolate tofu cake, for dessert.  Which was incredible and guilt free.

The next couple of days were mental.  Packed back to back.  Caught up with a whole bunch of candidates we’d met at the fair in Toronto last year.  It was great chatting and helping them sort out their plans for moving over to the UK.

We were lucky enough to see an university ice hockey game with a couple of the students.  That was so fun!  Those ice hockey guys are so manly and tough, me likey.  We didn’t want it to end.


On the friday night we went to the top of the CN tower, which is the tallest tower in the world and has revolving restaurant.  Had a lovely dinner.  Then stood on the glass floor and looked down, that was more scary than lovely.


Saturday, you guessed it.  Pack. Plane to Ottawa.  Our last stop.  Arrived in 5 feet of snow.  Shopped for some provisions at the Wallmart.  Those things are gigantic!  No Wall Martians unfortunately.  Sunday was our first day off on the trip.  I put the do not disturb sign on my hotel door and watched a whole season of ‘Community.’  Man, was I a happy girl.


But by the time night swung around cabin fever was setting in.  It was time to venture out. And it just so happened to be Super bowl Sunday.  We headed to a Texan grill.  Perched at the bar, watched the game, enjoyed a margarita and Mexican delights.

Getting to the lesson of the week.  As we were leaving Galaxy Land, we wandered through the shopping centre and noticed a bunch of kiddies learning to ice skate.  As most of you know I’m not really a kid person.  But there was this one little boy, Jordon, who melted my heart.

Scene: Jordon trying to learn how to skate with the other kids.  He falls over about every 5 seconds.  I’m not exaggerating.  But every single time he got back up.  Until after about 15 minutes he fell over again.  The look on his face was ‘I don’t know if I can get back up this time.’  But after a deep breath, he got right back up.  Only to fall over again.

This continued,  but Jordon was a trooper.  Just when you thought he was down for the count, he kept getting back up.  It was a big lesson from a little guy.  No matter how many times you fall over, no matter how beaten down you feel, you can always get back up.


(Unless you’re skiing and you’ve broken both you legs, then you may need some help getting back up).

Funniest moment of the week:

  • Martine and I decided to enter the Haunted house in Galaxy Land.  However that sh*t was not haunted, it was down right freaky.  Seriously I thought we’d stepped onto the set of ‘Saw’ Volume 87 (not sure where they are with that franchise, 1 was enough for me).  It started ok, an alligator eating a really fake body, I laughed.  As Martine clung to me, we entered the second part of the house, a dead man sprang out at us, then a small chucky doll  jumped out of a cupboard with a huge knife, whilst a zombie was carving a pig.  In front of me was a plastic door, like you see at a butchers, it was dark.  I decided, ‘fu*k that,’  I was not going any further.  Martine didn’t need convincing.  We ran back out screaming at the top of our lungs.   As we chatted to the curator a couple approached.  We warned them not to go in.  But the big guy was laughing us off.  We waited until he came out.  You could tell he was totally freaked.  He walked off straight after exiting and could barely get any words out.

The thing I did that scared me:

  • Rode the roller coaster at ‘Galaxy Land’


  • CN tower
  • Super bowl Sunday
  • Ice hockey


  • Horror house, it was horrible!
  • Exhaustion
  • Almost losing my face to frost bite on a 2 minute walk

What I learnt:

  • No matter how many times you get knocked down, you can always get back up!

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