It was so great to see my friend D! I say it all the time, but here I go again: thank goddess for the internet. Every friend I have up here, I originally met online. And some, like many of you folks, I have only met online. Our immigration and re-settling experience would have been so different - so much more difficult, and so much lonelier - without the internet.
Yesterday's drive to Kitchener-Waterloo was longer than I anticipated, so I just poked around Kitchener a bit. There's a nice little downtown, decked out for the holidays, and a big farmer's market.
Was (is?) the area an enclave of German immigrants? I saw several German-themed stores and a big German-language bookstore. That made me think of the propaganda (and violence) that hurt German-Americans in the US during both World Wars. You've heard of Freedom Fries - did you know there was once Liberty Cabbage? It's usually known as sauerkraut... I was wondering if Canadians of German descent experienced the same thing. I'd be surprised if they didn't.
I didn't go to the Clay and Glass Museum, but I will. I'm thinking of saving it for a Mom visit - my mother adores glasswork. M@ mentioned St Jacobs: my mom also loves quilts, and craftwork of all kinds, and I love pottery. So I think my mom and I will check that out on her next visit, in the spring.
I have to keep this post short and uneventful, as I'm not feeling so hot. (Hmm, will this be the day I use the health care system for the first time?) I'll just catch up on the long discussion going on in comments here, although it sounds out of my league.