Kitchener was definitely a fun stop on my journey. I had no idea what to expect from this place, when I arrived, and I was ready for pretty much anything, but it ended up being one of my favorite of all places that I’ve been.
The town gave off quite a hippie vibe, which is something that I always personally appreciate. I got to see a lot of shows and festivals during my time there, and they all felt really fun and genuine, even if some of them weren’t necessarily my thing. Among other things, I saw several artist markets, a vegan fair, several music festivals, and plenty more. I have a lot of photos from multiple different events that I went to over the course of the last 3 weeks
On top of all these events, I spent a lot of time with multiple different hosts, and doing various other things as well. I spent my first week staying with a Dutch single mother, and helping her take care of her 3 year old kid.
After this I spent a week in a hippie community house with a massive array of interesting people, many of whom I wish I could have spent more time with. One of whom was a girl I spent several late nights chatting with about her plans to travel around Europe and write a blog about it all. One guy I chatted with a bit about how he once owned a converted bus that he lived out of near Vancouver, which was particularly interesting to me as I have intentions to do very similar things in the future. One of the girls was an nudist, and would happily be naked around the house even while I was there, which initially caught me off guard, but I honestly quite admired it.
During my time at this place, I also finished off my Tapu collection with my Tapu Koko plush. I set up my sewing machine in the back yard, head to a nearby fabric store, and spent a few days putting together the last of my Tapu plushes. I even made a YouTube video of the entire process.
I also got gifted a tripod by one of the housemates, which is probably one of the best gifts I’ve received in a long time, and I’m definitely going to be able to make a lot of use out of it.
Among other things I made pretty good friends with the owner of a local video game store, and then ended up accidentally bumping into a Waterloo photography group, and went on a few photo-walks. I’m spending my last week in town with a graduate host who works from home as a software developer. He’s a cool guy but a bit too much of a hard partying guy for me to feel that connected to. I’m going to be making my way up to Montréal next week to met with a friend I’ve known for a long time on Discord, and also attend a big anime convention.