It’s a holiday here in Canada–Victoria Day or May 2-4. Like most Canadians I am not particularly royalist–at times I have been a pessimist, optimist, conversationalist, and even a drunken shower singing vocalist–but not particularly royalist. I do, however, enjoy a long weekend.
This one was pretty good. After the Saturday morning bike ride, I got out of the house and embarked on what I consider a full weekend. Basically, that means getting anything done. Usually after a week of work and a Saturday morning bike ride, I don’t have the energy to do more than the bare minimum–though this has got to change. I usually get a few errands done and that’s about it.
On Saturday evening, I had my first taste of true Persian Kebabs. I have been dating a lovely woman from Iran for the past six months and this seemed like a good way to celebrate that. The food was delicious. I especially loved the chicken leg kebabs. I also found it interesting that they could pickle cauliflower.
On Sunday, we went to High Park in Toronto to see the cherry blossoms. This has become a big thing these days, but it wasn’t always so. When I first came back from Japan, I got together with a bunch of teachers who had also been in Japan and had a picnic there. It wasn’t so heavily attended back then. These days, it is starting to resemble the crowds at Japanese Hanami–minus the plastic sheets, portable karaoke, and alcohol. Drinking is still forbidden in public places. Smoking weed is not. I suppose this law will fall soon enough.
The blossoms looked nice and I am happy to share some pictures with everyone. The weather was good while we were there. Unfortunately, it rained later in the day and was followed by some pretty strong winds. I doubt much is left of the cherry blossoms.
In addition to the trees, we saw some ducks and some beautiful birds. It was also nice to see so many families out getting their children away from the screens.
On the way back, we stopped in Kensington Market for some European (Turkish inspired) Doner Kebabs at Otto’s Berlin Doner. There was quite the cluster of humanity in the market. I remember when it was fish being unloaded onto the sidewalk. Now it’s “hemp education” and pricy walking boots. Luckily the food is pretty good and there are still a couple of dive bars.
Also, lkvy asked me for a photo of my cat. I am sorry it has taken me this long to get it done.