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Saint John's
The trip from Halifax to St. John's was about 30 hours. It consisted of a bus from Halifax to North Sydney where I then caught the ferry to Port Aux Basques. The ferry ride was at night, but I did get to catch some scenery in the morning as I caught a beautiful sunrise. There were some girls at the bar that tried to talk to me... I said tried because I couldn't understand a word they said! I went back to my magazine and overheard them chatting to themselves that they should come sit with me only ......

Posted On Sunday, May 27, 2007 6:29 PM

Halifax
Finally, I have reached the end of the line. So far 6119 km traveled by train from Vancouver to Halifax and I still have a week left to go. The train arrived early by about 25 minutes so I decided to walk around the block. I saw Pier 21 as the train entered the terminal so I thought I could kill some time by walking there. Unfortunately my time estimation was way off and I left Mark waiting and wondering where the heck I was for about 20 minutes. Sorry about that Mark! I got introduced to Jack who ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 23, 2007 6:17 AM

Quebec City
It's a very short trip from Montreal to Quebec City. Before I know it, I'm being greeted by Uncle Grant, Aunty Yvonne, and their two kids Jason and newborn Emily. My time in Quebec City was limited to just over 5 hours so Grant planned a condensed tour for me. He's sort of a history buff so I knew that we would cover a lot in the short time that I had Right from the beginning Grant was telling me little historic facts. We passed by the old Quebec Bridge which is nearly 100 years old and rusts as ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 5:44 AM

Montreal
Upon my arrival in Montreal I was greeted with the oncoming threat of rain and cold weather. It was beautiful out when I arrived, but after peaking outside when I woke the next morning I saw a bleak gray concrete landscape. It's as if I had never left Vancouver! The Devteach conference that I am attending starts at 8:00AM every morning and ends at around 5:00PM. Pretty much soaking up most of the time that I could have used wandering the city. The terrible weather was almost a good thing because ......

Posted On Sunday, May 20, 2007 8:04 PM

Devteach - TDD Workshop
The workshop presenters were Scott Bellware and Jean-Paul Boodhoo. Both developers that I highly respect. There were also some amazing developers in attendance like Roy Osherove, Oren Enei, and Udi Dahan. I was hoping that the workshop didn't go over my head but I was happy to see that they introduced the concepts at an easy to follow pace. Jean-Paul said that people who understand TDD usually have an "ah ha!" moment. I think I had that moment during Scott's session on Domain Driven Design. Everytime ......

Posted On Sunday, May 20, 2007 7:32 PM

Devteach 2007 - Day 3
The Ajax Revolution with Derek Hatchard I was hoping to hear about some more advanced talk about the trials and tribulations of using Ajax in this session but it turned out to be a basic demo of the simple AjaxToolkit controls and some Script.aculo.us effects. Nothing was new to me so there's not much to talk about. If you've seen the AjaxControlToolkit demo page and the Script.aculo.us demos then you've seen it all. Security Through Partial Trust with Don Kiely Security is always an issue with web ......

Posted On Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:57 AM

Devteach 2007 - Day 2
Tips & Tricks to Boost Up Productivity with Claudio Lassala The first set of sessions of the day didn't really interest me greatly. I enjoyed Camillo's style of presenting yesterday so I figured I would check out the session on productivity. The first half covered many things that I already know and use. Using the quicklaunch bar, keyboard shortcuts, slickrun, sysinternal apps, folder organization were concepts/apps that I already follow/run. There were a couple nuggets that I had never known ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:40 AM

Devteach 2007 - Day 1
The Devteach conference has started, During breakfast I was seeing all the legends of the .Net world. It was pretty cool to be hanging out with the likes of Roy Osherove, Jeremy Miller, Jean-Paul Boodhoo, Scott Bellware, Oren Eini, Adam Machanic, Carl Franklin, Markus Egger, and Miguel Castro! Anyways, here's a synopsis of day number 1. Agile Development with Ray Osherove I was really excited to see the Agile development track in the conference. Roy came in the room wearing a shirt that said "Geek" ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 15, 2007 6:57 PM

Ottawa
Ahh, finally in Ottawa, the halfway point of my trip. With the help of Natalee and Connor I manage to get off the bus at the correct stop. A girl approaches me saying she was overhearing our conversation about the Canadian Dictionary research. She thought it was a cool idea and wanted to add the word shawarma to the list. I was puzzled because we have that in Vancouver and it's quite popular. After a bit of walking I noticed that shawarma is like Tim Hortons here. They seem to be a bit obsessed about ......

Posted On Monday, May 14, 2007 10:39 AM

Toronto to Ottawa
Now all my train rides will be rather short. This portion of the trip is only 4 hours long. The time flew by due to a wonderful girl named Natalee that I met upon entering the train. As a fan of structure and order I moved my way to my assigned seat when a girl across the aisle informed me that it really doesn't matter. I asked if she was traveling alone and when she said yes I invited myself to sit next to her. We instantly clicked and started talking right way. We never even introduced our names ......

Posted On Monday, May 14, 2007 7:27 AM

Toronto
The train was supposed to arrive in Toronto at 8PM but it ended up being 3 hours delayed. I was pretty tired so instead of hanging out downtown I headed straight to Donna's where I would be staying for the next couple days. After catching the subway and a cab I get there at midnight and head to bed. Donna has been generous enough to give me free reign of the house. She's a nurse and works an early morning shift so she doesn't get home until 4PM. I used the morning to catch up with this blog and upload ......

Posted On Saturday, May 12, 2007 8:56 PM

Capreol to Toronto
For this leg I figured it would be a nice relaxing trip where I could finish the book I am reading. That hope soon faded shortly after dinner. Scott Muc, CBC Rock Star I decided to have dinner at the dining cart again and was set to enjoy a couple beers and the Canadian Pot Roast dinner. I was seated with an elderly couple (surprised?) who were very friendly and open to some conversation. The typical dialog followed where we exchanged destinations and hometowns, and then eventually they found out ......

Posted On Saturday, May 12, 2007 3:03 PM

Sudbury
The trains stops in Capreol and I head out the door. For this stop I am meeting my great Uncle Jacob who I have never met. He's my grandmas brother on my dad's side if you're wondering. The only thing I've heard about him is that he has a mustache that leaves an impression. I spot him as soon as I get off the train. I shake his hand and see who I assume is my Aunty Fran and give her a hug. That's what I love about Ukrainians; they are such welcoming people. All they know about me is that I'm the ......

Posted On Thursday, May 10, 2007 9:13 PM

Winnipeg to Capreol
I've never been east of Winnipeg except for the 3 days I spent in Toronto for Uncle Grant's wedding. I was looking forward to seeing scenery that would be much different than the west coast and the prairies. After a couple hours I got that wish fulfilled as I watch countless little lakes and boreal forest for the next 24 hours. I took some pictures, of Lake of the Woods and some other random areas. I didn't meet any crazy people on this leg of the journey but I did have a couple interesting chats ......

Posted On Thursday, May 10, 2007 7:13 AM

Winnipeg
I got out of the train as soon as I could to escape from Phraeda. Uncle Hank wasn't picking me up for another hour and a bit so I walked on down to the Forks to recover and read a bit. It reached 24C and it was beautiful outside! I tagged along with Hank for the rest of the afternoon while he did some work related deliveries. Before making our way back to the Nyman's home we needed to pick up some groceries at the store. It's always fun to make Uncle Hank uncomfortable and I found my chance. On the ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 8, 2007 11:49 AM

Saskatoon to Winnipeg
I did not expect much to happen during this part of the train ride, but a certain lady who woke me up during the night because of my snoring changed that. Phaedra - City Hater (Ocean Lover) In the morning an older lady across the aisle from me came over and apologized for waking me up. I said it was no big deal, and went back to my book. She was quite the scary looking woman (she resembled a female Robert Plant) and had a terrible cough so I wasn't in much of a mood for small talk. Unfortunately, ......

Posted On Saturday, May 5, 2007 2:36 PM

Biggar
Where to start with my stay in Biggar. I had no idea that this stop of the trip was going to have so much activity. Not sure where to begin so I'll start from the top. Aunty Ann I'm staying with my Aunty Ann who was married to my dad's brother. It seemed that her ultimate goal was to feed me as much food as possible. First thing on the agenda was a quick tour of Biggar. She pointed out every business in town and we even went on a tour of the greenhouse where she volunteers at. She made sure I got ......

Posted On Friday, May 4, 2007 9:38 PM

Edmonton to Biggar
After doing lots of updates I hopped on a cab and made my way to the train station to continue my travels to the world famous Biggar Saskatchewan! The lighting was bad since it was dusk so there wasn't a lot of photos taken. I got some Edmonton refineries and the Battle River. All my attempts at a prairie sunset picture were ruined by the dirty windows on the train. This leg of the journey was fairly short. I left Edmonton at 6:30PM and arrived in Biggar at 11:30PM. My Aunty Ann was waiting for me ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2007 9:44 AM

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