So, some more quick thoughts:
- No kangaroos spotted but only because I have not ventured outside of the city. Apparently, they are everywhere, more common than deer, in the suburbs and beyond.
- Speaking of roos, the Afghans apparently identify the Aussies by their patch--the bouncing dog as the Afghans identify them.
- North America--standard breakfast buffet has scrambled eggs. Here, poached. At least at this hotel. First poached eggs I have had since I was 12?
- Strange contradiction--one of the lead stories in today's paper is that a key cricket player may lose his captaincy because of problematic relations with his fiance but the sports section in the paper is very thin.
- Finally realized that one of the channels I get in my hotel consists of old rugby/etc. ESPN classic in the US is something that is not exactly standard. What does this mean? I have no clue.
- Small world. I interviewed a senator yesterday who was interviewed earlier in the day by another Canadian-based political scientist, a friend of mine who used to work in Montreal. Perhaps Australia is to Canadian political scientists (did I just refer to myself as Canadian?!) what Florida is to the Quebec snowbird types---a place to escape winter.
- And, of course, the one time I do escape winter for a few weeks by going south of the equator, winter in Montreal is an incredibly mild one.