Three days is time enough for quiet contemplation

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
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Trip End Jun 29, 2007


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Friday, May 4, 2007

Although there were a couple of stirrings, last night was a better sleep. I am woken by the dining staff announcing "Last call for breakfast!" in the corridor outside our room.

Nothing is guaranteed to galvanized a Bush faster...
I learn that it is a fine skill to balance in a shower in a moving train and get the water temperature just right.
It is an even finer skill to gracefully drink a cup of tea or soup at 80km/hour.


Today I meet Paul from Vancouver - a retiree travelling to visit his grandchildren on the east coast - and Hiro, a Japanese traveller.
At first appearance, Hiro seemed to be a youngish tourist, maybe a backpacker since he and Paul are travelling in the 'bed in the corridor' section. These are open seats and fold-down bunks.
There is also the absolute rock bottom 'sit-upright-for-3-days' option.

Hiro is, in fact, an associate professor of geography from Fukuoka University on sabbatical leave! His first passion is towers and he has travelled the world researching and photographing the likes of our Rialto Tower. He then returns years later to document the spread of a metropolis as viewed from these towers. He shows me the laptop evidence to prove it!
 
I spend some time up in the observation deck, trying to get shots of the full length of the train snaking around the many lakes of the region. I spot numerous beaver 'lodges' - the official name for a nest. Many streams also have substantial beaver dams built across them.
 
Late in the afternoon I meet Brad, one of the train engineer/drivers who had driven overnight and was able to answer many of my train questions. (Yes, they do hit moose occasionally and it tends to obliterate the animal...)

Arrival into Toronto at around 9pm thrusts me into the wild chaos that is the Toronto Station taxi rank with taxi drivers arguing and waving their arms as they competed for fares. Despite the return of regular police/fire/ambulance sirens outside, I am very glad to safely reach my room and reconnect with the electronic world again.
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