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The long journey back

I couldn't get up for church today, so mom and dad went without me. Not without guilt tripping me, of course. But I'm sorry, 9 a.m. is way too early.

Anyway, I managed to drag myself out of bed by about 9:45, so I started making some raspberry pancakes so that they'd be ready when they got back. Just so that mom couldn't guilt trip me anymore about being a derelict, one more time.

We had the pancakes and then went to Grandma's house to get angry at people and gossip for yet another hour. Which is always a lot of fun. (right)

OK, so then it was almost time for me to leave, so we picked up my mom's friend Elsie and then drove to the bus station, where I quickly caught a bus.

I met a nice Muslim lady, Sanaa on the bus from Toronto to Ottawa and we chatted about all kinds of things on the way home. She is a doctor, trying to get recognition from the government in Canada so that she can get a residency at some point in time. There were all kinds of cool discussions about Islam and Dubai. For example, did you know that if you are wearing a niqab in Dubai, you have to take it off to vote?! You also have to take it off to do a lot of other things there. It's a little crazy that in Canada we are having this big debate about it, when back in the Middle East, it is commonly accepted that people take of their niqabs for various security reasons.

Anyway, there were all kinds of discussions like that.

Later, I asked Sanaa for a ride home, because I was under the (incorrect) impression that she lived nearby. She said yes, but then I found out she lived on the north end of a Riverside Dr., not the south end. So I kind of felt bad, when her husband showed up with two kids in the back, to take me way out of her way so that I could get home. I could've easily taken the bus from Billings Bridge, which is sort of on her way home. Ahhh, so I just had to let them take me home...

Thanks Sanaa, now I will go to bed and sleep before getting up early tomorrow for work.

Posted by baixing 17:00 Archived in Canada

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