I have had a pen pal for about a year and a half now. We met through a pen pal group on Facebook, and have been sending snail mail back and forth ever since. We also chat through Messenger online.
She’s cool. She’s my age, and sufficiently nerdy so we have lots to talk about.
A few months back, she started entertaining the idea of a Canadian vacation with a few days set aside to come visit me while she was in the country. I agreed that I thought it was a fun idea, and so planning began. Dates were confirmed, and I booked the last of my vacation time off from work. She arrived by train the evening of September 4 and departed late morning on September 6.
When she arrived, it was approximately 7:00pm, and we were hungry so we went to one of my favourite vegetarian restaurants here in town. Pen pal very much enjoyed it. After dinner, I took her on a driving tour of my city, even though it did become dark shortly after we started and rather difficult to sight see. We went back to my place once it got too dark, and she met the kitties and we wound down before bed.
On September 5, I showed her a bit more of London, and then we went to St. Thomas so I could show her a few things I remembered as a kid, including the Jumbo monument. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Jumbo was an elephant in P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth. He was struck and killed by a train on the tracks in St. Thomas near where the monument is in 1885. The monument was erected for the centennial. Following Jumbo, we visited the Old St. Thomas Church. We then spent a few hours at the Elgin County Railway Museum, which seemed fitting since St. Thomas is known as The Railway City. It may have been hot as death, but it was really cool and we stuck it out.
After racing back to Jeff (my car) to cool off with the air conditioning, we went down to Port Stanley to see the lake and the beach and have some lunch. Unfortunately, the the place we were planning to go to for lunch was closed for the season aside from weekends, so we settled for seeing the beach and the lake, and headed back to London. I’m sure we would have stayed longer though if it wasn’t so hot! I personally found it way to hot to spend more than a few minutes outside in the sun and humidity. It felt like over 40°C the whole time my pen pal visited. We did the best we could. We arrived back in London and ate a very late lunch at the local vegan fast food place before picking up my sister to take her to Ingersoll for an appointment.
It was a very long day, and though we had fun, pen pal and I were content to grab some snacks and settle down for a quiet and early night watching cartoons. A quiet night before a day of traveling is always nice too.
After a late breakfast on Thursday morning, I took pen pal to the train station where we then parted ways. She was headed back to o Toronto. She flew out early Friday morning.
Meeting pen pal was awesome. I think there will soon be a trip in the works for me to go visit her. 🙂