Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Well I am back from my final trip on the academic year... I hope.  The last trip was to Toronto, Canada for the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) annual conference.  Back in September I had the crazy idea of submitting a program proposal and in January I found out that my proposal had been accepted for the conference.  My plan was to present with a colleague and we planned our presentation for the 1 1/2 hour.  When we received the acceptance, we found out that our presentation was for 35 minutes.  We had to do some major cutting to get the program down to the bare bones.  Then in the beginning of March we received notification that our program would be recorded and webcast out to people who would be attending the conference virtually.  Stress level moved from a 2 to a 4 on the Netflix star scale.  Thankfully the presentation went well and several people have contacted me for our PowerPoint slides.

I flew into Buffalo, New York on this trip to meet with my co-presenter.  Being my first trip to Buffalo I felt is was important to try some wings.  I was taken to The Anchor Bar.  They claim that they are the original home of the Buffalo Wing.  They were quite tasty!

The Original Buffalo Wings
After the wings, we headed across the border and made a stop at Niagara Falls, Canada.  I learned that the US side of the falls is a state park and the Canadian side is has more hotels and amusement parks and a better view

After looking at the falls we headed on to Toronto.  Home of the CN Tower.  At one time the tallest free standing structure in the world.  I had been to the CN Tower 10 years ago but decided to visit again in the evening.  What an amazing view.

Toronto at night
Glass floor at the 113 floor observation deck

Glass floor in the elevator looking down

While in Canada, I was able to have my three favorite Canadian treats, Ketchup Potato Chips, an Aero Bar, and Poutine.  This was a small one... I ate about a quarter of it but it was very good.

French Fries with cheese curds and brown gravy.