Monday, December 27, 2010

Canadian Winter


There are a lot of people who dislike winter. The biggest reason is the bitter cold. Contributing factors are the snow and the dangerous road conditions. All in all the winter is inconvenient because it takes more time to get routine things done.

For example, going to work takes a lot more work, right from the start. You have to factor in the additional seconds it may take to put on extra clothing to stay warm, the five to ten minutes it takes to warm the car up and scrape the ice off the windshield, and the time lost driving slower to work in order to arrive safe.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Board Game Cafe - Korea

This blog so far has featured or mentioned a couple different types of cafes. The first was while in Amsterdam. Cafe's there are places you can purchase alcohol. I also mentioned the coffee shops where it is legal to purchase cannabis. Another was the Dog Cafe in Seoul, Korea. I thought it would be nice to talk about board game cafe's which can also be found in Korea.

As the name suggests, this is a cafe where you can play board games. They have a wide selection of board games. You rent a board game and table, which is super cheap and then you have the option of purchasing snacks and refreshments while you play. It is a great opportunity to try out new board games, or even play old favourites. The first time I was there I played Settlers of Catan. It was a lot of fun. I have played it a few times since and still really enjoy it. I am disappointed there are none of these cafe's in Canada. I think they could be pretty successful.

I have also played monopoly at this place as well as a few others. One of the favourites seems to be Jenga. I think there have been people playing that every time I have went. They also have different things to make the games more interesting. For example, check out the video I took of what happens when someone loses in Jenga:


video

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Great Ocean Road

After the Grampians we headed towards the ocean. Along the ocean in the Australian state of Victoria, there is a highway called 'The Great Ocean Road.' It was built by soldiers when they returned from World War one, partly because they didn't have any other job for them to do. It now serves as the world's largest war memorial. There were several breath taking sites along the way.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Grampians

After Fraser island I once again took off on my own. I left a lot of my luggage with a former flatmate and flew to Adelaide, from there the plan was to see the Great Ocean Road. I once again purchased a trip through a travel agency and was on my way. The trip went from Adelaide in South Australia to Melbourne in Victoria, so I would add 2 more states to my Australian trip, which would make 4 altogether.