Kat’s Adventure: Week 3 – Ottawa

I had the nicest welcome in Ottawa, with someone giving me their day pass for the bus upon my arrival. However, that sentiment didn’t really reflect what was happening for the rest of the week. Let’s break it down.

Tuesday – Getting Organised

The weather wasn’t exactly nice, but I had the room at my hostel all to myself the night before so I was at least well rested. I thought I should do some recon and got a bit of a feeling for the area. There was a lot of sitting around at Starbucks involved (which you can find like three times on any given street) and then I just wrote some post cards and bought some food for the hostel. It’s so much cheaper to prepare food yourself, instead of eating out all the time. Come evening, the hostel was almost full and there were so many new people to meet. I seriously just don’t have anything exciting to say about this day.

Wednesday – Parliament Hill/ByWard Market

Everything essential was in walking distance from my hostel, which was amazing. I teamed up with my roomie and we explored Parliament Hill in the morning. You can get free tickets for a tour of the parliament itself, in both French and English language, so we did that as well, but only in the evening. To kill some time until then, we went to go see ByWard market. It’s a very touristy area, but it’s great if you have no idea what you want to eat, because there’s a restaurant for almost everything. We also got some maple-leaf shaped cookies with Trudeau’s face on it. There’s just no way you can pass on that if you are willing to take hilarious photos in front of the Ottawa sign.
The tour later on was interesting, but I am not much of a stickler for politics. However, we did get to see the House of Commons still in session and the building itself is really beautiful too. It’s a free and I got to meet some nice solo-travelers there as well, so it’s definitely worth a recommendation.

Thursday – Ottawa Museum of Nature

This day was kind of the one where everything started to go South. I scheduled a Skype call with my mum to discuss my further travels after Montreal. I knew I wanted to get to Vancouver, but I didn’t really know how. So, my obvious options were bus, train or plane. I finally settled on plane and my mum sent me link for a place I might be able to stay at for the first weeks. Innocent me goes on the websites to book the plane ticket and accommodation and what happens? My credit card does not work. Naturally, I freaked out. It’s the most annoying and maddening feeling when something that should be fine just isn’t and there is very little you can do for the moment. I wasn’t sure if it was just an online thing, so I needed to somehow test if the card worked in a shop.
Every Thursday a majority of the museums in Ottawa offers free entry to their general exhibitions. My roomie and I went to the Museum of Nature. I have to admit, I was terrible company. I was in such a foul mood because of the credit card situation, but the museum was still very nice. They did their best to make the exhibitions interactive and fun, having quite the variety of subjects spread out on three floors. I was so tired on the way back from there, I just wrote a quick email to my credit card company, asking them about the easiest way to fix this mess. Let’s just say I didn’t sleep easy that night.

Friday – Still Freaking Out

I wake up to the glorious email that my card is active again. There was some kind of problem with a data transfer from a previous purchase, so they temporarily deactivated it for security reasons. I get my laptop, try to book on the same site I did the day before (only accommodation and not the plane, because my mum was kind enough to purchase that for me and I’ll pay her back when I get home again) and IT. DIDN’T. WORK. I was so pissed and worried. However, then I tried it in a shop and on other websites and it was just fine. Conclusion of this ordeal, do not book anything on 9flats! Now I have to monitor my credit card balance closely for the next weeks and I am NOT happy about that.

Saturday – National Gallery of Canada

There’s a vast variety of museums in Ottawa, but I like art. I studied it and they had a lot of artists I recognised as well as a bunch of stuff I have never seen before. You get a discount if you are a student or below 24 years of age, which was awesome, because 7 Dollars for an entire day pass is not a lot at all. I was pretty beat from the previous days, had a massive headache and was quite glad to get back to the hostel at that point. I was just innocently making a toast, which neither smoked, nor got charred or burned, and suddenly the smoke detector went off. It was so loud, it even affected my vision. I hated that week so much at this point.

Sunday – Feeling a Little Dead

I wouldn’t say that any of the bad stuff that happened to me had something to do with Ottawa, because it so obviously didn’t, but at that point I was just over it. I was tired of always having to lock up my stuff, I was tired of walking around all day, I was tired of not really having a place that was really my own. It didn’t feel like homesickness, because I didn’t want to be home in that moment, but I was kind of over the whole traveling aspect of my experience. I just wanted to get to a place and stay there.

Monday – Montreal, Here I Come

Traveling days always make me anxious, because I am afraid of forgetting something. I met a nice girl on the bus to chat with and Montreal is the current home of my best friend, so I was just so ready to get there. I was greeted by tons of rain that drenched me, but nothing could overshadow my happiness upon seeing my bestie after almost a year. I have high hopes for my time here, although I can already tell you that the French language and I will never become friends.

How was your week? Tell me all about it!

20 thoughts on “Kat’s Adventure: Week 3 – Ottawa

  1. Oh noooooo!! *cries on your behalf and offers all the hugs* I know it’s not my fault (or Ottawa’s, I guess) but that just plain sucks and I’m so so sorry that your time in Ottawa was ruined like that! I would freak out completely if that happened to me omg so I can imagine how horrible that must’ve been. Aghhhh I only wish I could offer a do-over ahah. I hope your time in Montreal is spent in better spirits lovely!! I hope you have/had a safe trip to Montreal and your other destinations! ❀

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    • It’s okay, it definitely isn’t your or Ottawa’s fault. I won’t hold it against either of you πŸ˜‰ but I have my mind set on the west coast anyway. That’s more like my second home there, so I am eager to finally go there. Montreal has been a blast so far though, mostly because my best friend is here and that makes everything easier.

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  2. Oh gosh. Your week sounded super stressful. I hate it when something happens that puts a damper on the experience. Hopefully you don’t encounter any further road blocks and you enjoy the rest of your adventure. At least you get to spend time with your best friend now. Have a lovely time in Montreal. πŸ˜€

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    • Yeah, it was all just so mentally exhausting that I didn’t really want to do anything anymore. In general, I think I am kind of over the tourist aspect of my travels by now. I am going to be so happy once I have a place where I can unpack my stuff and just lay low for a week hahaha

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  3. I’m so sorry this credit card mess happened to you and I understand how it kind of ruined a couple days for you. I’m glad to hear you had fun however at the beginning of your stay, and it’s great that everything was walking-distance from your hostel, this is the best thing, to discover the city by foot πŸ™‚
    Also, BE FRIENDS WITH THE FRENCH LANGUAGE, Kat. I am here to help ahah πŸ™‚ I hope MontrΓ©al will be tons of fun ❀ ❀

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    • Yeah, I think I chose the location for my stay in Ottawa very well. Also, it was an all women hostel, which I think is also really helpful at times, to make it less stressful about encountering new people.
      Marie, I am sorry, but no! You can get by with English, although I think people prefer the use of French but I just don’t like it. I can speak French, I understand it, but I just don’t WANT to use it. Everyone is suggesting I come back here or if I want to stay longer, but nope. I love English. It’s my favourite language and I want to go to a place where it’s the only thing that’s spoken hahaha

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      • Hahaha oh I get the feeling. Whenever I go to London, I’m always bothered because people recognize my French accent and start talking to me in French (there are too many French people in London so somehow I always talk to them)…and I’m always like, NO, don’t talk to me, I wanted to speak ENGLISH here haha.

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