Waking up in Ottawa just felt right.
I set my alarm for 8am but woke up around 7:30 to a maintenance man trying to get into the apartment building (the entrance is right next to my unit’s door) unsuccessfully, using the wrong code.
I couldn’t even find it in me to be annoyed, and that’s really saying something.
I just chillaxed in bed for a while, put on a ~chill~ Spotify station on the TV (!!!), and showered. Then I made myself a cup of coffee, ate a banana, and sat down to write yesterday’s post.
I left the airbnb around eleven: a little later than I had originally planned. I headed back to Parliament Hill, this time for a yoga class!!! I drove around looking for parking for a while first; there is so much construction that most of the street parking and even some garages are blocked off.
But when I finally got to the Hill and claimed a spot on the beautiful lawn, it was so worth the trouble parking and the late start.
For those of you who know geography (definitely not one of my personal strengths…) may be wondering why I went all the way down to Ottawa before going back up to Quebec City. Well, here it is:
Every Wednesday during the summer months, weather permitting, LuluLemon hosts “Yoga on Parliament Hill.” So, although it didn’t make much sense to pass Quebec only to go back, I really wanted to experience this free, group yoga session, just to see what it’s really all about. All of the photos I saw looked really cool, with big turnouts each week, but I wasn’t sure if that’s the way it was every single week or just a few out of the summer, etc.
But sure enough, more and more people showed up and soon the hill was completely full.
The session itself was pretty low-key, but it was super hot so it was definitely challenging.
My favorite thing was that it was not only really relaxing, everyone was so welcoming and nonjudgmental. Anyone and everyone was welcome, no matter their skill level. I saw a couple of older women, a ton of really in shape men and women, and even a five year old. There were families, couples, groups of friends… it was really amazing to be a part of something that large and all-inclusive.
The session lasted about forty-five minutes, and when I stood up I thought I was dead. I hadn’t had much to eat, so I went straight to Starbucks (I know, I know… it was the first thing I saw and was in between the hill and where I parked) and grabbed a water, some yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, and granola, and a warm chicken with pesto sandwich. I needed to recharge a bit before heading out on the long drive, so I sat down and rested for a bit, eating my yogurt (taking my sandwich to go).
Shamanda was in the TIGHTEST spot in the parking spot… it was quite the adventure trying to get out of it. I didn’t hit even tap any of the surrounding areas, though!!! It was quite the feat, to be honest. A couple of girls were watching the whole time… didn’t help much. Good thing I had gotten to the lot a little early or my allotted time would’ve run out as I was trying pull out of the dang space!
Then, on to Quebec City!
The drive was incredibly smooth. More cars than normal, since it wasn’t 5am, but it was really nice. I listened to an audiobook — Anderson Cooper’s autobiography (which he wrote along with his mom). It was cool; I had never listened to a book before — definitely going to make a habit of it for the last few long drives! My music has gotten a little old (please send me any suggestions you may have!!!), so it was a nice change.
I got to my airbnb at around 6pm, which was exactly what I had planned. Such a nice place!
More photos to come.
I loaded my stuff in, settled for a little, and then walked to the nearby grocery store to grab some ingredients for dinner! I’ve been going out a lot so I wanted to switch it up a little bit by making a homemade meal for myself.
And let me just say… yum.
(Not to toot my own horn or anything — whatever that expression is supposed to mean.)
Roasted chicken, orzo with basil (cooked in with the chicken for a couple of minutes with some chicken broth), and a salad with fresh iceberg lettuce and cherry tomatoes.
It started raining as I sat down to dinner so I ate in front of a ~Netflix original movie~ called ‘Fundamentals of Caring.’
It was sooooooo good. Really touching and beautiful.
It also had Selena Gomez in it.
I love Selena Gomez.
Then I tried to make cookies… but the oven is confusing and also I didn’t have any type of crisco or parchment paper anything to keep them from sticking to the baking sheet, so the result wasn’t very photogenic. But still, yummy!
Now I’m off to bed! More exploring to do tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what Quebec City has to offer!