Feb 3, 2014

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The Longest Ride: Toronto to Winnipeg by Train...

The Longest Ride: Toronto to Winnipeg by Train

Midday Saturday I was in Toronto catching up with some friends.  I received a voicemail message from VIA Rail saying our train will be leaving at 12:30am instead of 10pm and to have a nice day.  I assumed that this meant that the departure time had changed, leaving us a couple extra hours to hang out with Chris and Mel. Since I was passing through Union station anyway, on my way back to their place, I thought I...

Jan 30, 2014

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Returning to Toronto

Our epic year of travel and freedom was quickly coming to an end, but sitting in the Ottawa train station time could have been standing still. The train was slightly delayed and so were our party plans. We certainly weren’t late; we arrived with plenty of time before check in, only to find that there was no baggage car on our train. Generally the allowed limit on the commuter train is two forty-pound bags. They tried to convince...

Jan 27, 2014

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Haggis, Numbing Nighttime Photography and a Night in Jail: 24 hours in Ottawa...

Haggis, Numbing Nighttime Photography and a Night in Jail: 24 hours in Ottawa

We were in the Montreal Central Station and had just finished eating after arriving from Halifax. We had waited in a ginormous line for an extra hour and as we finally made our way to board the train that would take us to Ottawa, the scanner made that troublesome sound as the clerk scanned my ticket. He pressed some buttons and then waved me through. So far as I knew, everything was sweet, so I carried on. That...

Jan 23, 2014

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Halifax to Montreal by Train

Halifax to Montreal by Train

The clock rolled over to 10.15am and we were all in the car, on the road; on time for once. The bags had been packed and weighed the night before. All we had to do was wake up on time, shower and eat. My Gram’s neighbor had cooked us a lovely hot breakfast of egg & sausage casserole.  We arrived in Halifax on time, checked our bags making jokes with the VIA guy about Thom’s industrial strength iPad...

Jan 22, 2014

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On Leaving Home, Again

On Leaving Home, Again

Standing in the kitchen, I bawled as I hugged my little sister. I hugged my pug and sobbed some more. Standing at the airport with my parents, the waterworks turned on again. When I left Nova Scotia in 2009 to study in New Zealand, I was going for one year to study, but I’d bought a one-way ticket. The chances of me coming back were pretty slim and I didn’t know when I’d be seeing my family again....

Jan 21, 2014

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What I’ve really been up to

What I’ve really been up to

One quick peek at my life, and you might notice me traipsing across the countryside from west to east, living out of our Ford Explorer. You might think I’ve spent my days without a care in the world, and that my ‘holiday’ has been that of a two week vacation, on 8 months longer than most people’s usual holiday. Well you might be right. It’s been pretty dang amazing taking a step back from the ‘real world’, stopping...