Monday, April 30, 2012

Train to Vancouver (Winnipeg) 5

Those who love art are truly susceptible to its spell,
do die young in the sense that they remain
young to their dying day.
                 Otto Herman Kahn



What can I say about Winnipeg? I was expecting horrible cold weather as I have heard the name “Winterpeg” mentioned more times than I can remember. As we pulled into this city to spend our four hours of freedom I was pleasantly surprised. It was sunny. The city looked deserted, that could be the fact that it was still very early in the morning. I am looking forward to exploring this city.  The sun is rising behind an unusually shaped massive building under construction. I am already intrigued.
   

The first thing I did was say goodbye to the person who slept beside me since we left Toronto I look forward to meeting my new “roomie”. Meeting new people has become a very important part of this trip. My next mission was to eat at a place that was not moving or swaying, I really need to stretch my legs. This trip was a dream but the reality is; a farm girl used to wide open spaces needs to roam. Joseph, M, and I walk to a place called The Forks, I can see a pancake house and can’t wait to sit and eat breakfast. We have been on this train for two nights now and I swear I can still feel the train moving while I am standing on this pavement, a strange phenomenon. Joseph decides against breakfast and will meet us back at the train station later. Now “chow down” as they say.

After a lovely big breakfast I am ready to “walk till I drop” and explore a place I am sure I am going to love. I head down to the water, a natural instinct for me. The water is low and the sandy banks make the water look murky. I think of my creek back home and just for a moment wonder what My Hero is doing.


Ok enough let’s get that exploring the architecture thing going. The first building I checked out was that unusual shaped building being built. I guessed that it was either a museum or an art gallery as it reminded me of the ROM and the AGO in Toronto. The architecture has always been magical in these types of buildings and has always caught my eye. Artist’s pushing the boundaries of a conventional design. It is going to be awesome. I hope I get to come back and see it sometime.


M and I continued to walk blocks and blocks stopping to take photos of things that interested us. We have similar tastes in architecture and the art that graces the streets. There are statues, painted murals on sides of buildings and hydro boxes, well landscaped parks, and buildings that I cannot get out of my mind. They were that beautiful. This is truly a city that supports the artists and has a deep rooted sense of preserving its history and art.
After about three hours we headed back to the train station after checking out a spectacular bridge near the junction of the Red and The Assiniboine River.  I found Ghandi walking there. It was that peaceful.


All of our new found train friends were gathered around the TV set in the waiting lounge, the TV is showing photos of a severe winter storm that has hit Edmonton. Maybe Edmonton is now “Winterton”. We start to board the train while most of us are looking down at our shoes and wondering why we had not brought any winter boots. We are supposed to stop in Edmonton tomorrow for an hour. In the meantime we will continue through Manitoba and then to Saskatchewan, I am excited at the prospect of seeing the grain elevators I have always dreamed of seeing. I am also looking forward to meeting the new people I see boarding the train.


Later.  

24 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos. I can't wait to see and hear more.

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  2. I am new here - so are you visiting Canada alone? And I love the quote - I couldn't agree more. Art and beauty keeps your heart young even though your body might age. sandie

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  3. That architecture sure is unique! It sounds like you're finding things every moment to enjoy on your trip....can't wait to see the snow in Edmonton! :)

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  4. glad you had great walk-around weather. at least at this stop! sounds like the next might not be so...

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  5. I can relate to walking around after days cooped up in a moving vehicle--even though a person can move around some on a train, it is completely different from being on the ground!

    Early morning is a good time for a look around, you got some wonderful photos!

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  6. I love how you are excited to meet new people everywhere you go : )

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  7. What a fun trip! I've traveled by train but not for such an extended time. Thanks for sharing this with us - glad you had such beautiful weather at least for this morning!

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  8. I have only been to Winnipeg once but that was so long ago that I hardly remember it. That was before my camera phase so I don't even have photos to prove I was there. Now that you speak so glowingly of it, I want to go back!

    I keep seeing on the news that Winnipeg has been warmer than Ontario. It truly was NOT Winterpeg this year.

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  9. Hey B - I'm pretty sure that building under construction is Canada's new Museum for Human Rights. Thanks for the stories. I'm looking forward to reading about that snowy mountain hike in Vancouver!! I know I had fun.
    D.

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  10. I too LOVE Architecture as you know from the various posts I've cluttered with photos of said objects on my blog. I LOVE the photo's you shared - that building will definitely be a reason to travel there again.

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  11. All those Canadian Provinces sound as exotic as something from Middle Earth to me. I've only heard of them in text books and very little then. Your words make the places more real. I'm very much enjoying your report.

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  12. Canada is one of the places I would love to visit. Looking at your pictures makes me want to do it even more.

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  13. I'm so glad the sun shone down on you when you were out exploring! I'm in Ontario and haven't been to Winterpeg yet:)

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  14. Oh my gosh how sweet are you! Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog. Had to come on back and follow you. I'm the half cut off head down there. Must figure out how to fix that!

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  15. What a neat experience and trip! I have never been there, but love the pictures!

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  16. I can't get excited about cities, but trains! I like trains!

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  17. It's always nice to walk around a bit after sitting so long. Enjoy your journey.

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  18. Love riding along with you. Enjoyed the brekky stop too!
    Great architecture there.

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  19. Wow, what a lovely place you have here...never have been to Winnipeg but gosh, your photos are stunning :)

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  20. We are in the same country :) Sounds like a real fun and interesting trip. Looking forward to hearing more!

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  21. Looks a lovely place. Seems you and M had a wonderful time and train trip.
    BTW many a cake was baked in Winnipeg (you might recall) but are now baked in Edmonton.
    It's good to see things you haven't seen before.
    Take care, M xoxox

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  22. That building looks like a conservatory, doesn't it? interesting shape. You sound like you may be missing home. Sue

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  23. I've just been catching up on your trip. I sure enjoy your stories. I feel like I'm right there with you. Thanks for taking me along. I hope your mom is better.

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