By Ruud on Feb 21, 2009
February 14-21 I was in Canada to give two classes on parallel programming at HPCVL. The first session was held at the HPCVL facilities in Kingston, ON. February 18 I travelled to Toronto, ON. The second class was held February 19-20 at Ryerson University. I'd been at HPCVL (Kingston and Ottawa) mid august 2008. Back then it was still summer. Quite warm and sunny with a lot of outdoor activities. This time it was really winter still, as demonstrated by the pictures below. In Kingston I stayed in the same hotel as before, the Holiday Inn Waterfront. I had a very nice corner room on the highest floor with a great view on Lake Ontario.
The 2 pictures below are taken from my balcony. The water is frozen, but there is a pathway for the ferry. On the first picture you can see the Royal Military College on the other side of the bay. The second picture has a close up of the ferry.
The next two pictures are taken from the little park facing the harbor on Ontario street. On the second picture my hotel can be seen. It is the yellow building on the left. My room was on the 5-th floor, in the top right hand corner.
The following two pictures are taken in the downtown part of Kingston. The first one was made with my back facing the harbor. On the second picture you can see a small ice skating rink. A very nice idea. When I made this picture the ice was just cleaned and there are no people back on the ice yet, but this changed a few minutes later. The rink was pretty full with people then.
The last picture of Kingston is a beautiful sunrise. I was up early and saw this view while working on my laptop in my room. I went out on the balcony to shoot this picture. It was pretty cold, but worth doing. Note that the moon is still visible.
The 4 pictures below were taken in Toronto. The first picture shows the building where the class was held. The second picture shows some more detail of this street. The university is very close to the Toronto Eaton Center with a big mall and office buildings. This center is on the left on the third picture. I thought the fourth picture is funny. This squirrel was very curious and I could not resist making a picture of this little animal.
Saturday February 21 I travelled to the San Francisco Bay Area for a week with meetings. I had a connecting flight through Chicago and the weather got pretty bad. Our plane had to be de-iced twice. When we were on the runway to take off, we had to return to the gate for the second de-icing. Given the weather conditions it was pretty impressive we were able to take off after all. The 4 pictures below give an impression what it was like.