Canada #1: Arriving in Paradise13:31:00
I haven’t posted in a while but I’ve been busy, mostly getting ready for my holiday to Canada. I am going to Ontario, to a town called Thornbury where my aunt lives. One of my cousins is getting married there and so quite a few of us are flying over from the UK for the wedding. I haven't been to Canada since 2011, and so I am very excited.
I am currently writing from the plane. I’ve brought my laptop so I can blog and work (currently have an online rep job and lots of our events are coming up so I need access to the internet.) I’m flying with my mum, sister, aunt and uncle with AirCanada Rouge. I’ve never flown AirCanada before, and I’ve heard mixed things but I didn't book the flight and so didn't have a choice. There is inflight entertainment but only via an app on your personal devices, so if you don't have a smart phone or a tablet you’re a bit screwed. Furthermore, the whole system has crashed and so isn't working yet; hence I am writing. Hopefully it’ll be up again soon and I’ll even be able to watch from my laptop. It’s not what we were expecting to say the least, and getting on a plane and seeing that there’s no mini personal screen is a bit of a blow.
Flight was fine in the end: got there in one piece and got through the airport easily and to our hired car. From Toronto airport to Thornbury was about a 2 and a half hour drive. We went straight to my aunts house to see her and some of my cousins (they weren't all there yet) and it was lovely to see them again after so long.
They took us to the house we were staying in for our stay. This house was unbelievable! It was huge, and the houses in Canada all have huge basements too because their frost levels are so low, so the basement here was the same size as the main floor of the house. It was in a place called Lora Bay, where all the houses are amazing. Thornbury is in the Blue Mountains next to the ski resort, and so these are mostly winter homes for people in the city who come here to ski. It's also right next to a huge lake and so is a very picturesque area.
That night, everyone came to this house for dinner. We all ate (and drank) quite a bit and it was lovely. It was so good to see everyone again and have a proper catch up.
The next day was quite relaxed. The time difference between the UK and Canada is 5 hours and so we were all quire tired. We went into Thornbury in the morning and to the pub the wedding was at for lunch. It's a wonderful setting, right on the water. We wondered down past the marina, where all the nice boats were and it was very pretty.
After lunch, I went for a swim near our house in the lake with my sister and one of my aunts. The water was amazing. It's still warm, even at this time of year, and beautifully clear and fresh water! It looks just like the sea, but it's warmer and not salty, which makes perfect water for swimming. I love being in the water and it was really nice to finally be swimming this summer.
That evening we went for lunch at my aunts house, and one of my cousins had arrived with her new baby boy. It was our first time meeting him as he was only born in July, and he was so small and adorable. It was great to see my cousin as well of course and dinner was delicious.