Monthly Archives: July 2017

Bluesfest, GP Toronto and First Tattoo

Ottawa has an outdoor music festival every summer. Heather suggested I should volunteer there because it’s fun and you get to see the shows for free, so that’s what I did. Most volunteers return every year so a lot of them already knew each other. I did five shifts in total for about three hours each night. The last night was a special treat because it was a very slow night for me and I got to enjoy the Muse concert. 🙂

  • no parking spots
  • sexy shirts
  • The best job: bar keeper
  • my team
  • MUSE!

July 21-23 was GP weekend in Toronto. I had already planned to go there even before I arrived in Canada. Sinan, a friend from Switzerland asked me if I wanted to go there since his wife was going to visit relatives in the summer anyway. I drove there with my dem boyz friends and met up with Sinan at the event. I unfortunately didn’t have a lot of time to explore Toronto since I spent most of the time at the event center playing magic. But Sinan, Samar and I went out for dinner on Saturday night and had an epic battle after the meal. I think the photo makes it pretty clear who won. Sinan and Samar would end up staying a little longer while dem boyz and I drove back to Ottawa on Sunday night. I got home at 4:30 am. I was lucky to have a late shift that day. 😀

  • Roadtrip!
  • spin break
  • This guy was judging GP Madrid too!
  • Joel after the ride home

I have been taking antidepressants since the beginning of 2017. While it was definitely not as bad as my first episode in 2012 I still struggled quite a bit. On some days I had to call in sick at work because I couldn’t even bring myself to get up out of bed. Two weeks ago I have taken my last pill. I took the opportunity to commemorate this day with my first tattoo: a semicolon. Over the last couple of years, the semicolon had established itself as a symbol for mental health. It has a simple but powerful message: A semicolon is used when the author could have ended the sentence but decided to keep going. The sentence is our life. And the author is us.

New Car, New Place and Canoeing

Getting a car was one of my top priorities from the moment I came to Ottawa. Not only does OC Transpo not hold up to German public transport standards but I also need a ride for when I will move to BC later in August. Fortunately Brandon wanted to get rid of his 2007 Hyundai Accent and I picked up a pretty good deal. Added bonus: deterrence to car thieves because of manual transmission. 😀

Since Heather is getting deployed to Victoria by the Navy I had to find a new place to stay for the remaining weeks. Again, I got lucky. My friend Léna is traveling to Europe to the summer and let me stay in her room. She has two roommates living with her: Ravi and Conall two guys in their early twenties.

  • Last day with Brandon and Léna
  • Léna's home - now mine
  • Ravi

Before Heather left, we decided to end our time together with a canoeing trip on the Rideau Canal, a waterway connecting Ottawa to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River. We had planned for a 4 day trip but got cut one day short because of a severe thunderstorm with lightning beating us out of the water. We had to trespass into someones backyard and to hide under their gazebo from rain and hail. Fortunately Heather’s Roommate picked us up with the car.

  • First day - rain!
  • good food is important
  • beautiful locks and our first campground
  • our refuge during the storm
  • just before getting picked up