|Sculpture in Iqaluit|
|Construction on Iqaluit's new aquatic centre.|
I stayed away from the small peninsula to the south of the airport because the garbage dump was smoldering and I didn't want to breathe in any toxic fumes. At the time, the dump had been burning for almost 4 weeks because flammable waste had spontaneously combusted. Little did I, or anyone, know the fire would continue to burn throughout the summer. In fact, it's still burning as I write this post. The city is about to spent around $3 million to extinguish the fire. I hope it's a success.
|Iqaluit from the air - June 13, 2014.|
On June 22, I attended the annual Tim Hortons Dragon Boat Festival at Mooney's Bay Beach. The festival was celebrating its twentieth anniversary as North America's largest dragon boating event. This was my first time in attendance. The festival grounds occupied a large portion of the beach, filled with bleachers, food & clothing vendors, a beach bar, "amplitheatre", and team area. The few races my friends & I watched were quite good. It was quite interesting watching twenty people per boat paddling in unison towards the finish line while being taped by an aerial drone.
When we had enough of watching dragon boats, my friends & I travelled downtown to indulge in an unlimited supply of ribs being BBQ'd along the Sparks Street Mall. June 22nd just happened to be the last day of Ribfest. This would also my first time in attendance. The entire length of the mall was packed with hungry people lining up at the many rib booths that were "pumping out" delicious racks of ribs in minutes. Almost every booth had a trophy display on the side, proudly showcasing all the awards their ribs had won them. We spent some time walking around and taking pictures before finally buying 1/3 rack of ribs from Swine Fellows. They were pretty good. We also tried Pappy's butter beer for free . . . after buying a mug. By the end of the day, my friends and I concluded that for next time, we won't eat at the dragon boat festival and instead save our entire appetites for ribs.
|Spectators eagerly wait for the start|
of the evening fireworks show.
(Canadian Museum of Civilization in
|Sir John Carling Building before the|
Several months before the end of the school year, I was going over my options on how to "spend" my summer vacation. One idea that kept coming up was travelling to another country. The last time I travelled overseas was to Australia in 2010, so it was time to pick a new destination. As luck would have it, I managed to kill two seals with one harpoon by combining an overseas vacation with a professional development course.
|Terminal 1 - Charles de Gaulle Airport|
|Vimy Ridge Memorial|
|Me at Juno Beach.|
|Omaha Beach Cemetery|
|Chateau de Falaise|