Our first weekend in Peterborough

And this was our first post from Peterborough! It is always fun to look back and see how far we have come. I am reminded of the TS Elliot poem, The Waste Land and the quote
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

We have had Imagea great weekend, being welcomed by some lovely Arrowsmith mums who took us around Peterborough, going to visit the school, had a long chat with the Principal, met Simon’s teacher and class. They picked us up and took us out for dinner in a great little café, Carpe Diem. We faded quite early and then made our way back to our rather quirky apartment! We had a busy Saturday with a lovely walk along the lake to the farmer’s market, bought lots of goodies, then out to a “pot luck” dinner and met more Arrowsmith families. Simon enjoyed swimming with some of the other students. We have more photos but I have to work out how to put in more than one! (I have never worked that out!).

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Arriving in Canada

Well, we are here in Peterborough and settling in! We had a heart stopping moment right at the beginning of our journey at the airport when the check in man told us we didn’t have our visas for our transit through America linked to our passports (we did have visas just not in the new passports!) – dashed off to the desk nearby, fortunately no queue and fortunately no computer slowness in the US visa system which happens sometimes apparently, the gods having smiled upon us, we dashed to the gate! No lounging in the lounge or shopping in the shops! Still, we made it to the plane. We negotiated our way through LA airport, which makes Sydney airport look positively modern and Terminal 5 at Heathrow futuristic! Arriving in Toronto to find ourselves in yet another queue for Simon’s visa – I thought that we had already spent hours at the Canadian High Commission in Sydney to sort that out! Finally, finally, after sleeping in the minivan we arrived at our destination – so unprepossessing is the front door that the bus driver wouldn’t let  us out until Derek (the landlord/caretaker?) arrived to let us in! Fortunately the inside is better than the outside and so here we are…..