Victoria, Day II

Woke up early this morning (although not quite as early as yesterday) in preparation to head out to visit Frances Kelsey, the only other self-directed school in the province. Stopped at Timmies for breakfast (<3) and went to FKSS. Got a tour by some of their leadership students, played a bit of capture the flag, and then ate pizza with their grade 12 cooking students. I was also introduced as an “invaluable and crucial developer of [my school]’s website” and gave my name to some teachers at FKSS who were hoping to start their own website using the Moodle Project. FKSS is very different from our school, and yet so similar. They have two blocked classes for every subject, and then fewer “flex” times. While our school has a number of very large work areas, FKSS has many smaller work areas, and many more seminar rooms (interesting politics behind that… very interesting politics, that I often see mirrored at our school). We headed back to downtown Victoria afterward, and the grade 11s started the Amazing Race. Jessica, Maggie, and I walked up to Craigdarroch Castle and spent about an hour touring it. Still as wonderful as ever, and still where I one day dream of setting up my residence ;). Then we caught a bus up to UVIC. Not just any bus… a double decker bus! It was amazing to feel so high and superior to all of the other cars on the road, while actually using public transit. Jessica loved the bunnies at UVIC, and she spent 10 minutes or so futilely trying to pick one up in hopes of taking it home. We caught the bus back downtown and grabbed a snack before meeting Godfrey in Bastion Square. Ah, the annual “Food Eating Contest” where each team tries to find something absolutely disgusting and eat it. One team this year had gone to a market in Chinatown to buy their foods, and misheard the cashier say “semen fungus” in place of “persimmon fruit”. I swear Godfrey was howling with laughter for almost half an hour. After the contest, which was filled with its own surprises (btw, congrats Mallika for eating her own, and everybody else’s concoctions). We went to Earl’s for dinner, which was good food, but rather slow service. Then Mallika, Maggie, and I went to take more photos in HDR :D. Came back to the hotel and had a small, short-lived game of football, before heading in for the night.

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