Halfway Through Our Canada Vacation

The Ocean, our train from Montreal, pulled into Halifax a full hour and a half late this evening. The delay was not a big deal in of itself, but now instead of a minivan tonight we will be renting a full-size tomorrow morning.

We are at about the midpoint of our trip after spending an excellent few days in Toronto. We now have been to the place Thousand Island dressing was invented, the amazing Toronto Zoo and the best Indian buffet in North America. More about all these places soon, but first let me tell you all about our Nova Scotia plans.

Nova Scotia is up near the eastern most part of North America. Those of you who have travelled in the US and Canada will know that they like to describe their tourist spots with superlatives: Highest Paved Road, Most Crooked Road, Oldest Ferry Service etc. Nothing like adding some drama to tour attractions.

Nova Scotia is home to one of those superlatives above and more. Halifax has the Oldest Ferry Service in North America, New Foundland is the Easternmost tip of North America and the Bay of Fundy has the largest tidal system in the world.

As an aside, I have noticed that Canadian superlatives refer to North America while, most US superlatives use either US or America. This might be anecdotal but interesting nevertheless.

So tomorrow we drive up to the Cabot trail, the most scenic drive in Atlantic Canada. We plan to stay in this small town called North Sydney and might even catch the ferry for whale watching if lucky.

Nova Scotia has a good share of warm beaches, despite being so much up North. If we are lucky, Raahil will get to enjoy his first time at beach at Prince Edward Island.

We plan to then wrap up with a couple days of driving around Halifax.

Eventful Montreal

The first day of our last vacation in the US started early with a 3:30am alarm. With about 4 hours of sleep we headed out on time and as planned to catch the flight to Montreal via Cincinnati. It is amazing when flights are all on time and this time around we were lucky. The two hour layover at Cincy was all we could ask for – Raahil thoroughly enjoyed the open airport and even found a few friends to play with.

Both legs of the flights were comfortable. Raahil seemed to do well and slept through a big chunk of both. We got into Montreal and breezed through immigration but ran into a hiccup with the car rental. But it all sorted out itself pretty well. We now have a minivan instead of a Toyota Corolla and that is working out well with all our luggage. Raahil is enjoying his own seat at the back and his huge window too.

Montreal is an old city but seems to have plenty of character. The row houses in the suburbs are surely unique, something we hadn’t seen before. After a quick Subway stopover, we caught up on some sleep and were back on the road headed to downtown Montreal. The Quality Inn hotel reception gave us some excellent tips on the few places that are must-sees for a one day visit to Montreal. We were a little late getting into downtown and the abrupt rain cut short our walk on Rue St-Urbain, but it certainly was an experience. Several sex shops interspersed with family restaurants were an interesting surprise for all of us. Mummy was intrigued – I’ll leave it at that.

We have a long drive tomorrow to Toronto via the 1000 Islands scenic route. Look out for more updates as we work our way through this 13 day road trip.

A big shout out to Rupali for planning such an awesome trip. The travel agent of our family has come through once more!

Raahil Loves Somebody

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Raahil Loves Somebody from Prashant Mullick on Vimeo.

Happy Birthday Raahil

Raahil was having a blast while we prepared for the party. We surprised him here with an impromptu Happy Birthday song.

Dislikes at One

Five things Raahil dislikes at One:

  • Lying down
  • Enclosed spaces
  • Beetroot
  • Walking in his sandals
  • Sleeping without Mumma at night

Revisiting the Blog

Scrolling through the older entries here has motivated me to update the blog more often. Manna has added a tool to update the blog from Google Talk.

Hope this works!

Observations at One

Observing Raahil at one year old:

  • Loves music
  • Loves playing with kids
  • Is less stranger anxious
  • Loves dancing to a beat; Jhoom Barabar
  • Is enamored by door handles
  • Realizes that walking is the faster way to get from point A to B
  • Likes it when you are down at his level; is that why he likes playing with kids?
  • Has learn’t that pressing buttons on electronics does something

Seeing off Dada-Dadi

I’m updating this blog after a long time. A lot has happened and a number of people have travelled to and from India. More about that later. Here is a video taken at Evansville airport waiting for the checkin announcement for Mummy-Papa.

Buchku & Elmo!

We were shopping at Babies R Us. Buchku was a little cranky so Papa started distracting him with an Elmo softtoy. And within seconds, Buchku started giggling 🙂

Sixteen Weeks