Good Friday @ Scheffer’s

André and I got an invitation to Brigitte Scheffer’s place for having a Good Friday brunch/lunch with family and friends. It was very nice and soooo much good food! icon_razz Later we went to the Winnipeg’s most famous ice cream place.
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@Brigitte and Family: thank you for the hospitality!

World Women’s Championship: Ger 0 – Sui 1

At the moment Winnipeg is hosting the Women’s World Championship in Ice Hockey. Switzerland is playing as well (didn’t know that we have national women’s hockey team) and since they lost by a mile (0:9) yesterday against Canada, they could need my support. And see it worked, we won the second game against Germany with 0:1 (it’s always good when Switzerland beats Germany! *lol*). However, Peter, who was joining me for the game was not very amused! icon_biggrin
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Intramural Dodgeball

Here a picture of this term’s free agent dodgeball team. We were playing every Thursday in the university fun league, called intramural, and today was the last day of the play-off. We almost did it to the final; however, we got the 3rd place of the league. icon_cool

Royal Canadian Mint

There are two mint factories in Canada, one in Ottawa and one in Winnipeg. The one in Winnipeg produces all the Canadian coins we are using daily. They also produce coins for around 75 different countries in the world such as Thailand or New Zeeland. icon_idea

For security reasons it was not allowed to take any pictures from the manufacturing process, therefore here just some photos made in the souvenir shop. And on the way back, Jana and I stopped at a very nice mural downtown.
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IRC Dodgeball

There were the Inter Residence Competitions (IRC) this weekend and I was playing for the Arthur Mauro Dodgeball team. Dodgeball is a sport similar to what we called “Völkerball” in grade 4. So there are two teams and the object is to hit an opponent with a ball and thus put him out of the game. Unfortunately we had the luck not on our side, so we drop out of the tournament quite early. icon_cry Anyway, I just love this kind of sport and it’s really sad that we don’t have it in Switzerland!
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Lake Winnipeg

Since I visited Lake Winnipeg the first time in September last year (see previous blog entry “Road trip to Lake Winnipeg” from September 4, 2006), I always wanted to go back once during Winter! I could barely believe that the lake with its 24’514 km2 (more than half the size of Switzerland) can freeze entirely. But it is! Walked on it and saw snowmobiles, cars, and planes on the frozen lake. Went to Gimli and Winnipeg Beach, which is just 1.5h drive north of Winnipeg.
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We tried our best with curling and had a lot of fun. icon_smile
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@Nick: thank you for organizing and take car to your trousers.

First day with plus degrees

A memorable day, we reached the plus degrees this morning (first time in more than 4 month)! Summer is coming! icon_biggrin

Moose Hockey Game II

Some internationals had to sell Moose hockey tickets for their class project and because of sympathy I bought one. So we all watched the game Moose – Iowa; final result 4:1, jupii!. And hey, we all got a free Moose towels (and a credit card company our (faked-) addresses) icon_lol
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Mexican Party

Our Mexicans organized a Mexican party on campus including Salsa and Tequila. However, residence security shut down the party too early icon_mad (and we had to go to Wise Guys after to finish partying)!
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Winterpeg, Manisnoba

For all of you back home who missed this year’s winter in Switzerland, we still have it! It just snowed some days ago and with -13°C it could also be worse with the temperature! (We actually expect our first day with positive temperature some when during the coming week.)
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Moose Hockey Game

Went to my second hockey game here in Canada; the Manitoba Moose played against Toronto. (Since some of us got kicked out of the stadium, here the result: 6:2 for the Moose) icon_lol

After we went to Shannon’s Irish Pub around the corner to celebrate the heroic victory! (Special thanks to Kira for organizing the evening, it was awesome.)
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Goodbye Margarita

It was Margarita’s last evening in her most favorite city! icon_wink Tomorrow she is leaving back to Spain respectively Germany. We had a dinner including all her Brazilian friends from the lab.

Montréal III: Olympic Hall, Mount-Royal

We spent our last day in Montréal by visiting the Olympic park with its tower and had a hike up to Mount-Royal in the afternoon. By the way, does somebody know Christiane Stückelberger? She won gold at the Olympic Games 1976 in Montréal for Switzerland in Dressage. icon_idea

In the evening/night we took the plane back to Winnipeg!
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Ottawa ON

Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is just 2.5h south of Montréal by bus and worth a day trip. We visited the very nice looking parliament building had a walk through the city and went to a museum.
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Montréal II: Old Port, Island

Today, we went to Old Montréal and the Old Port and in the afternoon to Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame. Back in the hostel we met Sanya and Tim and went to discover Montréal’s nightlife. We find out that they are also student at the University of Winnipeg; how small Canada is! icon_smile
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Montréal I: Downtown

Just a lazy day, walking downtown Montréal and taking some funny pictures. In the evening we went to a fancy restaurant called “Newtown” where we had dinner with Jaque Villeneuve, the F1 world champion from 1997. icon_cool
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Québec QC – Montréal QC

Since the view was a little better this morning, I went to lower town to take some nice pictures. Seems the church “Notre-Dame des Victoire” familiar to you? Then you may remember the end of the film “Catch Me If You Can” which actually plays in France but was filmed in Québec.

In the afternoon I took the bus back to Montréal, where I met Margarita.
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Quebec City is one of the most beautiful cities in North America I know so far. Actually, it looks more like somewhere in France, Belgium or Switzerland. The city is one of the oldest in North America and the only fortified city north of Mexico whose walls sill exists.

Due to an upcoming snow storm, the view was very bad. However, I visited the old part of Quebec, have done a boat trip through the almost frozen river and visited the parliament (Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province Quebec). In the evening I had a private guided tour; thank you Vivien.
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Winnipeg MB – Québec QC

Since we have one week off, called “reading week”, I took the opportunity to discover the French part of Canada. Flew from Winnipeg to Montréal and took the bus to Quebec City, where I arrived in the late evening.

Festival du Voyageur

Every year the French community in Winnipeg organizes the “Festival du Voyageur”, an outdoor event including nice snow sculptures, live music and bars (luckily in tents because it was horrible cold).
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Its f*** cold

It’s kind of chilly outside at the moment! Today was one of the coldest days ever, since I’m here in Winnipeg. It was -55°C in the wind. However, the sun was shining and its not too bad, mean you get used to it. icon_redface

Holiday Mountain

Yes, there is a skiing resort in Manitoba, called Holiday Mountain, which is just about 1.5h away from Winnipeg. Well, it looks more like a small hill (in the picture above you can see the whole ski-slope)! icon_eek Anyway, even it was horrible cold (-42°C without wind) we had a lot of fun and skied all day and night (night skiing until 10:30pm).

And of course there was a great après ski party including “scribble my white t-shirt sexy”! icon_wink
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Brazilian Party

A Brazilian Party, organized by Brazilian’s and a lot of Caipirinhas! icon_smile
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Ice Skating

We decided to go for ice skating on the river. Since it was unusual warm this day (only around -4°C) a lot of other people had the same idea! Unfortunately there were no ice skates to rent in Roland’s or my size. However, it was a very nice afternoon.
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