I realized my main title made little sense as I am not staying in Ontario. So, here I am, in Kitchener, and what a packed first two days I have had! Amazingly, all well within my shoestring budget. To date the only money I have spent was for the bus from the Pearson International Airport (Toronto) to Kitchener.
Keeping in mind just how closely I want to keep away from spending actual money I looked up free activities I might enjoy. I was not disappointed. Other than the hiccough with my Starbucks (SB) points on the day I arrived – dealt with the next day – I have found it is relatively easy to forego expenditures. My first full day was jam packed with a morning at the Kitchener Art Gallery, a picnic lunch, then a shared meal at a local pub.
My first stop was for coffee, no points, no cash for that cup. I should reiterate, I am mainly going to SB to use the points accumulated by mainly my daughter – with her permission. Besides, it is a handy respite. I then headed towards the Kitchener Art Gallery for the Expressions 44: Creative Communities exhibition. This is an “annual exhibition of student artwork that celebrates the next generation of creativity…”. And celebrate they did! There was another temporary exhibition as well as permanent selections; so much art that I will break up my visits to galleries (I visited another, smaller one the following day) into 2-3 blogs. As I am wont to say, have you visited a gallery or museum lately?
This was by far my favourite. Perhaps my experience with homeschooling, despite some of the pitfalls, my children has made me more aware of the importance to let children follow their passions.
Try to zoom to read the message these young people were trying to convey.
I am not sure if the spelling is in error or was purposely made – after all, it takes time to amass knowledge. I was drawn to this one for looking like a voracious caterpillar although by the title there might be more to the story than just wanting to read everything.
A simple piece yet full of suggestion. I have a thing for pictures of doors. This one could be arrival, waving farewell, pleading….use your imagination.
By the time I left I had a voracious appetite. Fortunately I had the forethought to make a picnic lunch, and take water with me, to ensure I would not be tempted to grave a bite to eat along the way. Or course the three hour time difference was wreaking havoc with my internal clock which meant a bit of a battle to wait out the hunger. Kitchener City Hall has tables and chairs on the promenade, with a simple, but forceful, fountain to drown out the noise of traffic.
My day ended late, after midnight, with dinner and a show (TV) at My Rich Uncle’s Pub. Only recently did I discover that my secret vice for watching RuPaul’s Drag Race is shared by my daughter. She paid! We were at the pub to watch the finale on a big screen. First, dinner and drinks. (My go to is club soda with lime) Truffle chips and vegetarian curry – shared. I stole two bites of the crepe brûlé my daughter had later on. The finale was fun, lots of cheering for the favourite, ‘Brooke Lyn Hytes’ the first Canadian to be on the show. Sadly, we did not have a winner. We stayed long enough to watch the last of the basketball game, the Raptors (Canadian team) won – lots of celebrating on the streets when we left the pub. I know nothing about the game and found it rather silly.
I was exhausted by the time we walked to the house. A good night had by all.