This still isn't right as it should all balance out in the end, provided the krone fell in proportionate value to all currencies
I think the prices went up because they're now more well known and demand has gone up (see: NMWA).
Yes, nice city to visit for a couple of days in the summer if you are 25+ years old. But I think there's a good reason why the city has a 'stay two nights and your third night's free' policy.
Japanese brands are so unbelievably unconventional. I'm searching for an item by a small brand that by outward appearance only makes apparel and clothing yet while I search through their list of dealers I find a shop that carries an entire 10 piece set of ceramics and mugs with silly faces on them, even a ceramic roof for your garden bird house! All made by the same brand which I was sure only made clothing.
When I bought my first Norwegian Rain piece two years ago (before they were as widely carried as they are now and I had to order directly from them), I thought the listed price on their website would take out VAT once the system finds out that I'm not in EU. However, I was told that the listed price actually is the price without the VAT. But keep in mind that this was 2 years ago, so they might have changed their policy on this since then.
Talking about Ottawa. I've never been to D.C., though I doubt I'd be invited to the good events if I went.