We're off to Saskatoon!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2006

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

So we left Winnipeg in the afternoon - although I have another interesting fact re this town/city [A guy named Harry Colebourn bought a black bear cub from a trapper in Ontario and named him "Winnie" after his hometown of Winnipeg. He donated the bear to London Zoo and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories], so there you go!!

(Against certain advice) We travelled to Saskatoon in the Province of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon takes it's name from the Cree [the Native Indian Plains people - perhaps the archetypal Native Indian of North America] word; misaskwatomin, for one of the indigenous berries still enjoyed today in pies and jams! The Saskatoon berry is similar to, but a little more fibrous than a blueberry and very yummy!! I am currently carrying a jar of said jam for my morning bagels/toast!!

Two more films which you folks won't have seen yet but should try and see, although they may or may not get a main-stream release; 'Now & Ever' is THE most amazing film which was a very powerful and emotional Indian film about love and loss, which was filmed around the Saskatoon area - I cried lots!!
Also 'The Beautiful Country' based on the troubles still felt from the Vietnam war, a young Vietnamese boy with a GI father and his struggles to track his father down in America, also starring Tim Roth, well worth a look.

Saskatoon was groovy and we loved it (so there!). We mooched around the town and made a trip out to Wanuskewin Heritage Park - an important spritual place for the Indians, and a good place for them to stay in Winter sheltered from the Prairie winds. Wanuskewin means 'seeking peace of mind', and you definitely get the feeling of peace when you are there. I even bought a souvenir sweatshirt - it's getting colder by the day as we head West!!! Whilst here we sampled some local fare; Saskatchewan Wild Rice and Bannock (an unleavened bread - with a sponge cake consistancy!! Rob did not try the Buffalo burger though as he is watching his figure!!!

We led the motel life here - and even had the luxury of a swimming pool on site (We also managed to get a free night's accomodation due to an error with the reservation - bonus!!)

We managed to go to the Taj Mahal as well. Now we know you will be thinking that's later on in the trip, but surprisingly they have the Taj in Saskatoon.... voted the "best Indian Restaurant in the Country"!!! It certainly lived up to it's reputation - although one young couple eating there tippified Canadian knowledge on cuisine. They walked in and after ordering appetisers the young girl asked if they had ketchup!?! The Waiter struggled to stifle a laugh and suggested she tried the mango chutney instead! Then when he brought out the selection of appetisers she said and I quote; "I know what they're called, I just can't remember the names" !!! D'oh! Bless her!!

Photo's still to follow - my memory card is still not full up - it's a biggun'!!
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