West bound

Trip Start Sep 02, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

time to say goodbye to our worldwide friends in toronto.....on our last couple of nights new tennants were arriving, one being just released from prison and the other a native indian who started chanting,drumming and cleansing the house with 'magical smoke' to ward off bad spirits.  we made our escape!

leaving toronto by train, 'The Canadian' to start our epic journey to edmonton it was not long into our journey before we met a complete change in season.
the snow started to fall 30 minutes in and looked beautiful on the trees and landscape.  we left toronto when the trees were turning but travelling further west they had already fallen, shame but will enjoy some amazing sights no doubt.

the youth hostel in edmonton was great and would go back if there was anything else other than the 'worlds largest mall'
at the hostel as you can see we participated in 'ready steady cook'..... mine is the red peppers and i called it a 'a pound of flesh' prime peppered steak gently fried medium rare, with a red pepper, in a bun.  emmas dish below......feel free to vote!

next stop calgary.......went up the calgary tower to take in the view of the next destination.....the rockies, see you there!
oh yes it is a real photograph, took one in B&W and one in colour but pasted the rockies in colour onto the B&W to better show the mountain range.....all is to scale.
Em here - The train journey (all 3 days of it) was really fun and a great way to see the countryside. It took over one day and one night before we were even out of the province of Ontario - massive to say the least! The sunset over the prairies was one to remember and there was a real sense of family with our 'neighbours'. We even received invites to stay on our next trip to Canada. Sleeping on the train was a bit like a plane (cabins were very expensive). I slept well in an attractive, neck rest, blanket, eye mask combination.
On the second day we had lunch on the train - I kept expecting to see Poirot!

I completely agree with Matt about Edmonton - I did have the chance to practice my 'shooting' skills at the arcade (like we used to do when I was little Mum), which was fun.
The hostel was really great and it was fun to talk to other travellers. So 'ready steady cook' - Mmm well, it wasn't fresh pasta, it wasn't fresh pesto but we're on a budget you know!
When voting please remember that mine also fed us for the next day - housekeeping at it's best!! Who am I kidding, I can't compete with steak!
The day we left Edmonton to come to Calgary (via Greyhound) it was REALLY WINDY and there was a light dusting of snow. I found it funny battling against the wind with our whole world on our back. Calgary is very sunny, clear blue skies but chilly. The tower was great and the hostel is fine inside but a dodgy area. We have spent the last two nights apart in single sex dorms - all good for the budget, but I miss my cuddles. Am very excited about the next part of the trip.
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mumanddavid on

Let it snow, let it snow ......
Really 'adventure' pictures. Yes, Emma, remember your shooting at funfares! Did you win a cuddly toy? Sounds a fantastic train trip and meeting yet more interesting people. Keep enjoying, keep safe and keep warm! xxxxxxxxxx
ps Think I'll vote for brown mushrooms (don't like peppers!)

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