Canada Darner: Chen Luting (Grace), Li Chen, Tiara Couglin, Gzi Kei Jeffrey Chow
Seagull opening his mouth Wastewater treatment plant
Today we planned an excursion in the Kingston region. Our excursion took us to three locations in the Kingston area: a boat cruise along the Saint Lawrence, a wastewater treatment plant for the Kingston area, a tour led by some Queen’s natives of Queen’s University campus, and to top off the day- a live performance at Fort Henry for the sunset ceremony.
We set out early arriving in Gananoque to cruise
the Saint Lawrence. We learned on board
of the environmental and ecological aspects that have been a part of this
waterway since its creation. The tour
took us through the Thousand Islands (which apparently do indeed have a
thousand islands), through cottages and various national parks. We witnessed
firsthand an interesting interdigitation between settled land and wildlife, as
birds flew about us on our trip. We
discussed with our friends from China the common habit of ‘cottaging’ in
Canada, whereby many people like to take advantage of the beautiful and rustic
freshwater lakes, particularly in On
We then travelled to the Raven’s View Wastewater Treatment Plant, which filters water in the city of Kingston. We were taken on a guided tour through the secondary system, which takes the sewage from the municipality and brings out a product that is clean enough to enter into back into the waterway. We were interested to learn that thirty percent of the energy used by the plant comes from burning of digestor gas from some of the sewage input.
We were given a tour of Queen’s University, through the limestone buildings covered with vines. We all grabbed a bite to eat at some of the many delicious restaurants that can be found in Kingston (to name a few places some people went- we covered bases of Korean, German, Canadian local farmed food and hotpot). After dinner, we travelled to our final destination- Fort Henry. Before getting to our destination, MingZhi decided to treat everyone to an ice cappuccino (we love you). Filing out of the bus, we made our way to the ancient Fort Henry. As the sun hung low in the sky, we found our seats and the ceremony began. We were impressed by the show- we had not expected the impressive musical abilities of the participants in the ceremony. We even had the chance to engage in the events: Huang Shengnan, Bridget (mom), Li Chen, Jin Lei jumped up and learned how to properly march in a Fort Henry army fashion. Overall, the ceremony was fantastic- including musical performance, military marching, and an astounding battle reenactment.
大约3点30分，我们抵达了以石灰岩建筑为主并且覆盖着大面积藤本植物的女王大学本部校区。我们组队去品尝了在金斯顿可以找到的美食（韩国料理，德国菜，加拿大当地风味以及火锅）。晚饭后，我们去到了Fort Henry。在此之前我们的助教铭志请我们吃了冰镇卡布基诺（我们大爱铭志）。由于到达时间尚早，我们在Henry Fort周围游览了一番。当太阳慢慢地降落，我们找到我们的座位，仪式开始了。我们都被震惊了——我们都没有想到参加仪式的乐手有如此富有感染力的音乐天赋。黄圣楠、Bridget（妈妈）、李晨、金蕾还亲身参与学习了Fort Henry的军姿。总之，这个包含了音乐表演，阅兵仪式和精彩的战役再现的仪式很美妙。
WHAT A DAY.
Denon at Fort Henry