And I’m back! Still recovering from the whirlwind of the past week but I owe you a post from my home town, so let’s get to it..
After a brief stop at Nokia Canada HQ in scenic Ajax, Ontario we were ready to roll in to Toronto proper. I suggested that we wait out the afternoon rush hour at Pacific Mall, and I’m glad we did — one of the shops had a bunch of dummy N8s like this one:
I also bought durian candy for the group, and to make up for that got them some much tastier taro-flavoured frozen yogurt.
Back at our hotel the tour was reunited with a sorely-missed Ms. Donna Suffing, which was awesome.
First thing in the morning we set out for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, where we were to plant a total of 366 white spruce saplings to offset the carbon generated from the RV’s trip across the country.
If riding roller coasters at La Ronde set the bar for fun this was the most fulfilling part of the trip for me. I had thought of buying garden gloves beforehand but honestly, getting my hands covered in dirt and pine needles made for a tactile interaction with Mother Earth that was satisfying beyond words.
We are grateful to the folks from Nokia Canada who came out to help, and I look forward to revisiting the site in a few years to see how our babies are doing.
Damn my media training!
While everyone else was sleeping off the mojitos from the night before, I was recruited for an interview with Rogers. But as soon as that finished I was right back in bed, in preparation for the big finale party at Toronto’s Academy of Spherical Arts.
I was both surprised and disappointed that my alcoholic comedian friends didn’t come out — at least for the open bar. But those who did show were definitely Nokia fanatics. And none more so than the blind user we met; thanks to an S60/Symbian app called Talks is able to use her E71 as effectively as anyone else. She also gets a special monthly rate for her Rogers service through the CNIB, so it would seem that carriers are good for something after all.
After a hearty breakfast at a local diner it was time to say goodbye. This marks the second time that yours truly has been blessed by a blogger’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can’t thank the WOMWorld Nokia folks enough for it. They’re probably the biggest reason I remain loyal to Nokia products, and with all the great work they do around the globe I think there are lots of folks out there who will agree with me.
Remember that I was not paid for my participation in this tour, nor do I get to keep the Rogers-branded N97 mini that I’ve been using. But I do have it in my possession for another week or two, so if there’s anything specific that you want me to test or write about, kindly leave me a comment and let me know…