Greetings from Kingston, Ontario.
I’ve been spending most of the day on the road in the Ontario countryside.
VIA Rail to Kingston
I’m not into trains myself, but I know at least one friend of mine reads my blog and is absolutely into trains, so I got a couple of pictures of VIA Rail service 40 for him.
Frontenac County, Ontario
Rural Ontario’s scenery reminds me quite a lot of the British countryside, apart from the houses. I’m used to long stretches of road with no buildings whatsoever, but out here in Frontenac there are houses along every road, no matter how remote. Villages seem to spring up near services, rather than the other way around. It’s quiet and beautiful out here.
On the downside, getting around without a car seems difficult. There’s a bus service in Kingston but it doesn’t extend far outside city limits. There’s a fair few bike rental places in town, though.
Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to has complained – prompted or otherwise – about the desperately expensive and underpowered internet service outside of the major cities. Most of the people I talked to consider the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) to be in the pocket of the major telecomms companies such as Bell, Rogers and Telus, who have a stranglehold on national communications infrastructure. Even the smaller ISPs usually lease lines from them instead of installing their own.
Sydenham Public Library
Sydenham’s the closest town to where my aunt lives, and she had some chores to do around the house, so before we went off to meet some friends of the family for dinner, I spent a couple of hours checking out Sydenham’s library.
This place is great. Comfortable, modern, airy, with a truly impressive selection for such an out-of-the-way location. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and it’s really easy to find what you’re looking for.
I spent my time reading the original The Girl in The Spider’s Web to see how much it differed from the film, and sure enough, a lot of details (such as Mikael Blomkvist’s struggles with his magazine, August’s profound autism and Edwin Needham’s entire personality) were not really explored on-screen.
Muddy Waters Restaurant
To round out the day, we met some friends of the family at Muddy Waters just outside Verona.
If you’ve ever been in a restaurant and wondered “man, where did all the good food and service go?” Here’s your answer. It went here. In this little shack just outside of Verona, Frontenac County, that’s where the good food and service went. I cannot recommend this place enough if you’re ever in the area. They have an impressively wide selection of high-quality food and drink for a place so far off the beaten track, as well as a truly impressive array of vegetarian options.
I’ll be checking out central Kingston this afternoon. Stay tuned!