Sault Ste Marie – Sudbury, OT

August 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Originally planned to spend a day in Sault Ste Marie similar to Thunder Bay, but as it was raining and we were dead beat tired… we looked around for the busses hour break stop then kept on going. If it was nice out, looks like it could have been quite beautiful.

Sudbury was just awful, the bus needed to get gas and the personnel told us it would be back shortly… 3 hours later we got our bus. We weren’t even able to succeed in pilfering a randoms lunch either.

Sad.

6 am in Sault Ste Marie

Thunder Bay

August 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

miserable day, both of us dead beat tired, backpacks on we stumbled through the bus system to find the Terry Fox Memorial Statue.

Bus freaked us out from having 3 too many people talking to themselves, may have just been the mood we were in though, got off the bus and walked close to a kilometre to the Statue along the highway. Here was where Terry Fox ended his amazing attempt to run across Canada for cancer awareness. It was really something special to visit that statue.

Terry Fox

Rained on the way back. Soaking wet we stopped for lunch and a very kind lady gave us muffins for our journey.

Went back to the greyhound for the 7 hour wait until the next bus. There we met Nana Banana from Northern Ontario and a very interesting Bosnia-Hungarian man.

He started by showing us an amazing card trick. The trick is you cut the deck, draw a card, memorize it then put the entire deck together, elastic and all and hand it back to him. Then he’ll tell you what card you had. On the rare occasion he got it wrong, you would redo the entire trick and he could guess the card you had last time and this time. Amazing. Couldn’t figure it out.

Then he proceeded to tell us that he is technically chiese, the garden of eden is in Korea, the history of china, genetics, facial feature differences the history of language and more.

Also, he told us of an amazing record holder in the world of sports, and he believed that without a doubt we knew this record holder. We had played the sport too. After much guessing we finally found out it was bowling. I dont know any famous bowlers i told him but he insisted I knew this bowler that had out bowled all the records being held for the last 210 years. He even showed us a newspaper article on it, name and photo and all. No idea. Never heard of him. Yet the man swore we knew him.

The famous bowler? The bosnian-hungarian man of course! Obviously we knew him, we’d been talking for hours.

He told us more stories, the relationship of competitiveness between his father and Albert Einstein, how einstein told the man to figure out the mystery of the monarch butterfly ( which he figured out… and told only to few people) He was offered the lead singing role for the opening sequence of Fiddler on the roof, but he refused. He is also the best harmonica plater, able to play a scottish bagpipe song, a waltz.. and much more, including a harmony and melody and bass all intertwined. He played for me and true, hes amazing. ” I would never teach of course, I want to die the best”

He know spends his days on the greyhound, travelling anywhere and everywhere, stopping when its nice out, continuing when it rains.

Winnipeg – Part 2

August 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Said goodbye to Tessa early before schooland had a last breakfast with the cousins.  Grandma took us back to Winnipeg and to Lyndsi’s house where we met her mother and went to get coffee with her. Got a freebie for Pouet and found him back at the house, played cards and later when Lyndsi came home froms chool, played more cards! Learned the card game ‘may I?’ very similar to Phase 10.

Supper included the Manitoba-unique honey dill sauce and we went fr a drive hunting for the Katimavik house, This time we found it and met the whole group. Well, two girls were home while the rest slowly dwindled in from the gym looking very surprised to see four strangers in their living room, fortunately they were cool about it and we made new friends! Proud to say this group is over 7 months in and still eleven strong!

Next day had an early start and got to downtown with Lyndsi as she headed off to school. Showed us the salon and the exchange district. Phoned up Morgans cousin Lex to have brunchw with us. Difficulties ensued from the pink demonic cellphone that is Morgans. Saw the legislative building having aborginal day featuring the treaties between the Queen and the First Nations peoples. Reading through the original treaties I found the wording of the documentary quite interesting as the the queens name gets more and more elaborate (Her most humble and gracious highness) and they refer to the First Nations as ‘Bands of Indians’.

Discovered an amazing tree in the yard. Met up with Lex and his partner Mark and enjoyed brunch at the famous salisbury house on the the Peace bridge. As the bridge is situated on a bridge the plumbing system costs a million dollars to set up.  Fun times!

Went to Mondragon my new fav place in Winnipeg with Lyndsi. Mondragon is a local grocerers, cafe, bookstore and anarchist info nook. You can grab your freshly squeezed carrot ginger juice, find a book and curl up on an armchair or battle a newly made friend to chess. I ended up teaching Lyndsi how to play chess, something we were never able to accomplish throughout Katimavik.

Geocached with Lyndsi and Pouet, having one find out of three tries, one of them involving walking in the freezing Red River. Lyndsi and Morgan bought some new bags at the forks and got lost on the bus system.

Said our goodbyes and sadly.. moved on.

Lex, Mark and Morgan

Million dollar pee!

Revolution! art outside Mondragon.

Loved this tree!

Treaty

Golden Boy

2 hours to Pinawa

August 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Mothers day, and a day for food.

Had Brunch at Morgans Uncle Davids. Tons of food and when we’d had enough we went off with Morgans Uncle John and family to go to Pinawa. Before that though for Mothers Day we visited Tessa and Grants Oma’s. Oma of course couldn’t let us visit without eating and so we ate again. Delicious pasta and ramekin bread with watermelon. We were stuffed by now, originally we had planned to have supper with Uncle John and them as well, but that got cancelled, instead we drove through the Canadian Shield to Pinawa to their house and settled in. Before bed Tess and Grant took us biking to the suspension bridge and showed us Pinawa. Deer were everywhere, it was very green and the lake looked beautiful. Very much like being at the cabin. Played soccer and frisbee and went to bed. (not without phoning our mothers of course!)

Rainy day in Pinawa turned into a lazy day. watched movies ate more ramekin. Played a lot with the cousins in the backyeard and got to know them, both canoe and mountain bike a lot and Aunt Helen hates the deer as much as their grandma hated rabbits. She told us of all sorts of animal problems, bears, minks, coyotes and cougars. Tessa showed us her french project video and watched the playoffs. Aunt Helen got us stretching and joined her routine. She is fit!

Morgan and her cousins!

bike Morgan Bike!

Winnipeg – Part 1

August 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Staying with Grandma Trueman, Morgans dads mother and her son takes after her very much.  Very straight-forward, direct, doesn’t waste time, and yells at rabbits. (and throws stuff at them too apparently)

First day we went out for breakfast after the bus station and ended up napping afterwards until 5 in the evening. Had tea with Morgans Uncle David and Aunt Maureen. Called up Lyndsi and Pouet and went around town with them, seeing the forks and parliament at night. Also, seeing an odd site – a bus shelter party, about ten people were stuffed into a bus shelter and singing and playing guitar. Lots of potholes in the road and jaywalker/hitchhikers are freaky. I guess it’s a regular thing in Winnipeg to stick your thumb out for a ride and then try to get yourself run over so you can try to sue people.

Spent the next day at the forks going up the tower, seeing buskers and shops, went in the Johnston antiques building while Grandma waited outside ( she’s already seen it, and doesn’t need to again!) Made pizza for dinners and went for a walk. Much longer than expected as we got stupidly lost. oops.

Morgan and her Grandma

Delay is OVER!

August 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

since Saskatoon i haven’t had the chance to maintain this, however i kept a journal and now that i’m home i can update!

Here we go!

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