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Ottawa is separated from most of its suburbs by a "greenbelt" of farms, 20km wide, which surround the city on three sides. All of this land is zoned by a fourth level of government, the Canadian Capital Commission1, and is held politically sacrosanct, immune to urban development. The Ottawa River, which divides Ontario from Québec, separates it from its northern suburbs by just a few hundred metres — but adds an entirely new set of provincial laws & protocols. Regional transportation planning is mighty awkward as a result.

When a car drives slowly down the street, covered in flashing blue and white lights and loudly playing "Pomp and Circumstance," you are actually witnessing an ad for a Lebanese restaurant.

Behind the Parliament Buildings there is a lovely, colourful, round, brick building, capped by a large ornamental anemometer where you might otherwise expect a steeple, flanked by a dozen flying buttresses. I have no idea what it's used for.

The "Glebe" is, in fact, an entire neighbourhood.

The milkshakes at The Works Burgers are the best I have ever tasted. Like all of its drinks, they're served in glass measuring cups. My burger was very tasty, but not as good as the meat patties at Vera's nor the veggie patties at Café Deux Soleils. The Works does have a much wryer & hipper menu. At the bottom of its bill is the text, "The fastest way to a man's heart is through Chuck Norris' fist."

It's hard to find good pho in Ottawa.

Knowing the phrase "flying buttress," and a little of their architectural history and engineering function, really does improve one's2 æsthetic appreciation of flying buttresses.

A construction sign on the way into town advertises, "Nighty Lane Closures." It is unclear what the penalty is.

Parliament Hill doesn't seem like much of a hill if you approach it from Ottawa. Then you get to the edge of the cliff and realize you're much, much higher above the river than you imagined. It's probably about the same height as the cliffs at UBC, actually, but less crumbly.

It was awfully nice to see S. again.


1I think I have this name almost right.

2Which is to say, my.
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Ottawa is separated from most of its suburbs by a "greenbelt" of farms, 20km wide, which surround the city on three sides. All of this land is zoned by a fourth level of government, the Canadian Capital Commission1, and is held politically sacrosanct, immune to urban development. The Ottawa River, which divides Ontario from Québec, separates it from its northern suburbs by just a few hundred metres — but adds an entirely new set of provincial laws & protocols. Regional transportation planning is mighty awkward as a result.

When a car drives slowly down the street, covered in flashing blue and white lights and loudly playing "Pomp and Circumstance," you are actually witnessing an ad for a Lebanese restaurant.

Behind the Parliament Buildings there is a lovely, colourful, round, brick building, capped by a large ornamental anemometer where you might otherwise expect a steeple, flanked by a dozen flying buttresses. I have no idea what it's used for.

The "Glebe" is, in fact, an entire neighbourhood.

The milkshakes at The Works Burgers are the best I have ever tasted. Like all of its drinks, they're served in glass measuring cups. My burger was very tasty, but not as good as the meat patties at Vera's nor the veggie patties at Café Deux Soleils. The Works does have a much wryer & hipper menu. At the bottom of its bill is the text, "The fastest way to a man's heart is through Chuck Norris' fist."

It's hard to find good pho in Ottawa.

Knowing the phrase "flying buttress," and a little of their architectural history and engineering function, really does improve one's2 æsthetic appreciation of flying buttresses.

A construction sign on the way into town advertises, "Nighty Lane Closures." It is unclear what the penalty is.

Parliament Hill doesn't seem like much of a hill if you approach it from Ottawa. Then you get to the edge of the cliff and realize you're much, much higher above the river than you imagined. It's probably about the same height as the cliffs at UBC, actually, but less crumbly.

It was awfully nice to see S. again.


1I think I have this name almost right.

2Which is to say, my.

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