I'm here in the banana belt of Canada, the Niagara region. Home of fruit orchards, grape vineyards, birthplace of James Cameron ( director of 'Titanic'), our magnificent Niagara Falls, and of course, the Capri Restaurant.
What's that? You've never heard of the Capri Restaurant? If you like lasagna, ravioli, gnocci, fettuccini...all in a homemade red sauce, you must visit the Capri Restaurant when you come to Niagara Falls. Thick, crusty Italian bread, garden salad topped with house dressing, and a plate of steaming pasta is a meal I never miss when I come back to Canada. They also have steaks, chicken parmigiana, seafood, and other delicious menu options, but for me it's all about the pasta. We're going there tonight.
I arrived back late Thursday night, to a pleasant evening. My taxi driver told me how cool and rainy it's been here, but to me it felt refreshing. I've been sweating in the heat and humidity on Isla and the cooler air feels great. Yesterday seemed very nice to me too, although it was mostly overcast. And today looks the same, but the doors and windows are open and it's very comfortable.
The flowers and gardens here look lovely and lush; very different than our flowers back in Mexico. I enjoy the view as I drive around running errands.
The locals claim they have not had summer this year - it has rained almost every day and the temperature has not gotten up to normal summer temperatures at all. I know if I was living here every day and putting up with this weather I'd be ticked off too, but instead I am enjoying not wiping sweat from my brow every time I move. But for people who endured a long harsh winter, the current weather is a disappointment. And they know there isn't much time left for summer to show up.
So even though I'm leaving in a few days, I'll wish the weather improves and summer makes an appearance. If all else fails, people will just have to come down to Isla to get their summer fix - we definitely have it going on right now.