August 2nd, 2004

Fishy Circumstances

Kitchener

Kitchener
Kitchener is a town of 300,000 which lies an hour or so west of Ontario. I take the popluation figure from the guidebook, since it certainly didn't feel like a town with so many inhabitants. They must be scattered into suburbs or lurking around the northern edges of Kitchener's sibling, Waterloo. It was a quiet weekend in Kitchener; the locals told us that not only was it usually quiet in the summer when all the students from UWaterloo were away, but that everyone else had gone away for the three day weekend. (Happy Simcoe Day, fellow Ontarians!) Many restaurants were closed. The streets were often deserted.
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Venezia Restaurant
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Gavin and Jessica's Wedding
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Trivia: Kitchener was originally named Sand Hill by the Mennonites who founded it in the late eighteenth century. A large influx of German immigrants in the early-to-mid nineteenth century renamed it Berlin. The second world war, of course, was responsible for its subsequent renaming after an early Ontario hero.