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Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
Trip End Aug 31, 2007

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Flag of Canada  , Prince Edward Island,
Friday, August 10, 2007

So the shuttle drops us off and I go to the tourist info center. They have free internet, so I used that. And I also managed to get information on how to get to other cities. I was expecting more public transport between cities on PEI, but basically it's the greyhound-type line where you get on a bus that's already headed to PEI anyway.

Gateway Village was an artificially built village just to attract people to their last minute stop shopping. It's like any other border town with the tourist info center. Except this one had all the outlet stores as well. I didn't want to make this the only stop in PEI so I decided to wait for the bus to Summerside. When I went to buy the ticket at the local market, they told me the bus was an hour late and I'd only get 2 hrs max in the city and tickets were 8 one way. That would be an expensive 16 dollar trip and the brochure didn't make the city look spectacular. The brochure made the city look like a tourist trap with all of its ads, but I couldn't find the charm or natural beauty. Afterall, PEI started its tourism business with Anne of Green Gables and its red sand and beaches and lighthouses.

So instead, I decided to forego the bus trip and tried to get a sense of the real PEI. Near Gateway Village was a place called Bordenton. I think this is where the ferries used to land before the bridge was built. But it had a rustic feel to it. Compared to Gateway Village, it felt like a real town and it had its run-down areas. I felt from Bordenton that it was a temporary place, that it was not what people had wanted. People seemed to live there because they worked at Gateway Village or for the nearby tourism industry. Or people owned vacation houses there and were not living there for long. Or people that lived there sought opportunity, but quickly realized that the island was confining and wanted to leave but couldn't. It felt a bit depressing but real. But maybe it's just the reality I imposed upon the city.
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