055 06/09/2013 – So I had some minor surgery done and was told by my doctor to not exercise for a whole week! I had spent the time staycationing at my parent’s house. I was bored out of my mind!! I was eager to get back to cycling the minute I got back into town and was allowed again, only to be caught by a cold that left me bed-ridden for 3 days…

But!! Now. I’m. Back. [Baby]. And I’ve got so much pent up energy from being sedentary I’m going to be hitting the pavement again full swing~
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Today was the Grand Porch Party! The Grand Porch Party covers a number of blocks outlined by Dawson Street, Euclid Avenue, Alexandra Avenue, and Roslin Avenue where musicians play on the porches of specific houses. Visitors gather around on the streets, on the front yards (and even one backyard this year!!) and listen to the music played by local artists. I love events like this! It was so lively and seeing so many neighbours out and about reminds me that we really live together as a community.

Here’s a shot of everyone gathering around one porch, listening to music! Please bookmark the Grand Porch Party website if you missed it this year. This is an annual event you’d definitely want to partake in. The weather was beautiful!

I spent about 3 hours at the Grand Porch Party and checked out as many artists as I could. I was saddened when the event ended. I didn’t have enough fun yet! I met up with some friends there and did some silly memes (Youtube Video of how to create Hadouken Shots). :)
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So after the festivities of the Grand Porch Party, I went on my way to bike that subdivision (after devouring a DQ Blizzard). I biked 19.4 km today and was surprised that it didn’t tire me out. I was expecting to be very exhausted due to not having done any exercise in almost two weeks, however it appears that my body used the rest time and got stronger. I don’t remember 1hr22min of bike riding to be this easy! Go me 😀

On my way home, I stopped by UpTown Waterloo and saw this drum circle happening! Turns out is it hosted by Creation Africa and they are meeting here at UpTown all summer for public drum circles. The constant beat of the drum, decorated by the embellishments brought into the circle by each drummer was incredibly moving. I had never been part of a drum circle before, so when invited to drum with them, I jumped at the opportunity. If you’re interested in getting in on the next drum circle event, please check out their facebook page for even updates! I’ll definitely be going back to this, it was amazing!!

All in all, I’m happy to be back in the game, so to speak. Looking forward to biking more this summer. Please feel free to come out and bike with me, or if you have any suggestions or ideas about my project, get in touch!

 

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  2. I just read about your journey in The Kitchener Post. I think this is such a neat idea. I’m looking forward to continuing to read about your adventures.

    • Thanks so much for reading my journey! It’s been a blast and continues to be something new each time :) If I’m ever riding in your neighbourhood, please come say hi :)

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