Photo #89: Efficient Rail Buses

May 27, 2012

Once in a while, for whatever reason, certain stations of a train track are not in service. Instead, Queensland Rail uses ‘rail buses’ to shuttle passengers to and from those stations. I like these buses! You don’t have to pay, they’re on schedule, the radio is played overhead and they’re clean. What’s even better? They’re almost always never crowded because people stay away from the train when it’s not running!

Photo #87: Almost a Taste of Home

May 25, 2012

As a kid growing up in Ottawa, Canada – BeaverTails were always a traditional treat to look forward to, especially during the wintertime while skating on the Rideau Canal.

A long time craving has led me to try and make them myself. The dough isn’t exactly the same – but they’re pretty tasty!

For those who don’t know – BeaverTails are a Canadian treat that first started in Ottawa. They’re fried pastries that have been individually hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail and topped with various condiments – the traditional one being cinnamon & sugar. My favourite is the Killaloe Sunrise – which is cinnamon and sugar with a spritz of lemon juice.

And the Rideau Canal is a man-made waterway that connects the city of Ottawa to the city of Kingston. It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007 it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (thanks Wiki!). In the winter, a portion of the canal is drained and becomes the world’s largest outdoor skating of approximately 8km. My absolute favourite activity during the winter – skating on the Rideau Canal!