Canadian Tulip Festival

I went to Ottawa to visit friends this weekend. But Friday night and Saturday, I was all alone, wandering the dark, cold, windy streets until daylight came.

In DC when I'm wandering around, I get this from passers-by, the homeless, beggers, what have you: "Got a quarter I can catch the bus? Got a quarter I can buy a coffee? Got a cigarette I can smoke?"

I have to say that the homeless in Ottawa are much more full of joy, politeness, and talent (of musical/performance variety) than their peers in DC.

"Hello sir, might you have any spare change? Oh, no? Well, thank you, have a good evening." She was so polite, I wish my "No, sorry" wasn't such an automatic response. I would have bought her some food, but then I felt weird and she had moved on.

Anyway, while there, the Tulip Festival had just kicked off. Here in DC, the tulips have come and mostly gone, but in Ottawa, they are just getting started (and the daffodils are in their prime right now). The festival is a big deal. It lasts two and a half weeks, they get 600,000 visitors from around the world, and they bring in authors (Margaret Atwood), acrobats (Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe), musicians (see below), circuses--lots of really big-name and expensive things.

If any of you happen to be in the area, check it out. There was a one-man band, this guy named Pete, and he sang "Hit me baby one more time" by Britney Spears. That was one of my favourite parts of the trip!

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One Response to Canadian Tulip Festival

  1. Hey man the pics are amazing. Im learning a little bit about flowers because I want to plant several around the front of my house for landscaping. Walking around town is great, I love it as long you don't fit the description of the desert slasher or in my case the Dc Sniper everything should go well. Im Looking forward to going to Canada again.



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