Churchill - Home of the Polar Bears part 1
Trip Start Sep 25, 2008
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So I had another day in Winnipeg to waste before going up to Churchill and I met James checking out of the hostel who had to wait until the evening to join his tour group before flying up to Churcill (cheater ;-)) so we wandered around Winnipeg again trying to find something to do. We did go to the Legislative Building which was mildly diverting for a while. In the end we wandered back to the hostel to meet Martyn (different Martyn than the Martin from yesterday, he wasn't coming to Churchill - there are not enough names to go around this entry - there will be another James lates, just to confuse things) and walked James to hist swanky hotel before Martyn and I headed to the train station for the epic journey.
Long train journeys teach you patience. It is funny that you don't mind so much if there is a 2 hour delay when you are going to be on the train for 40 hours. We managed the journey okay - ate in the dining car to pass the time a little and Martyn taught me a card game called Shit Head that I am very good at. That whiled away a few more hours. The train up to Churchill is great as nearly everyone on the train is going up there to see the bears so everyone had something in common and was really chatty and nice.
When we got to Churchill is was freezing rain - no snow... booo. Martyn walked to his hotel and I grabbed a taxi with a lady called Susan that we had met on the train. She was amazing - seventy years old and doing to the trip up to Churchill on her own and then going to Rankin Inlet up in the Artic Circle and on to Yellowknife. Brilliant lady.
I have never been so happy to see a bed and a shower as I was that night. Sleeping horizontal is becoming a luxury at the moment with all these train rides. Blue Sky Bed and Sled is amazing and it anyone makes the journey up to Churchill I can thoroughly recommend them for both accomadation and dog sledding. That night I went out to meet Martyn for something to eat and we walked back to our hotels as they were only a street away from each talking really loudly in case we came across a bear and scared it! It is a scary walk home anyway! I sprinted up my street much to the amusement of a guy smoking outside his house.
To be continued otherwise this entry is going to be the longest in the world....