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WOO HOO CHOO CHOO!

PRELUDE

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I seriously started thinking about making this trip about three months ago. Up until then, it wasn’t really on my bucket list (which I don’t have anyway), but it was one of those things that I always thought I’d do some day; I just never knew when.

I guess now is when. Continue reading “PRELUDE”

IT’S CHOO CHOO TIME!

WOO HOO!

all aboard

 

DAY 1: HALIFAX TO CAMPBELLTON

 

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Note to self: Next time you plan to go on a 2-month cross-country train trip, don’t move house the day before. I did it this time, and, well, let’s just call it a learning experience. Enough said.

I got to the VIA Rail station in Halifax a few hours early, thinking I’d have plenty of time to pick up my ticket, check my luggage, and decompress. The Sunday train was scheduled to depart at 1 p.m., but the lines to the ticket counter and baggage check-in were already snaking around the benches and back out the front door by 11 a.m. It was going to be a full house on board. Continue reading “DAY 1: HALIFAX TO CAMPBELLTON”

DAYS 2, 3 & 4: CAMPBELLTON

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I wanted to like Campbellton – I really did. After all, it’s the home of the world’s largest salmon sculpture (Restigouche Sammy, a.k.a. Sammy the Salmon!) and the place is so darn CLEAN. How can a town be as clean as Campbellton? Continue reading “DAYS 2, 3 & 4: CAMPBELLTON”

NO DOME CAR FOR YOU!

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One of the main reasons I decided to travel all around Canada by train for two months is VIA Rail’s fabled Dome Car, also known as the Party Car. The double-decker Dome serves as a caboose to the “Ocean” from Halifax to Montreal as well as to trains on a few other routes. There’s nothing like sitting on top of the world (which is what it feels like when you’re up there), getting a bird’s eye view of the passing sights. When I think back on my previous train trips between Halifax and Montreal, the Dome Car is one of the first things I remember.

But it won’t be one of the first things I remember when I look back on this trip. In fact, the Dome Car won’t be part of it at all. Continue reading “NO DOME CAR FOR YOU!”

DAY 5: MONTREAL TO OTTAWA

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Definitely a different experience, training it from Montreal to Ottawa versus Halifax to Montreal via Campbellton. The first big difference is the way they rush you onto the train. I’d no sooner stepped on board the Ottawa-bound train at Montreal’s Central Station than someone actually gave me a push from behind, slammed the door shut behind me, and the train started moving. I’d been waiting in line, too, not running to catch the train. Schedules must be adhered to, to the nano-second, and bugger the passengers getting in the way of that. Continue reading “DAY 5: MONTREAL TO OTTAWA”

DAYS 5, 6, 7 & 8: THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT OTTAWA

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Whole Foods on Bank Street, Ottawa

Hi, Mom!

Glad you’re enjoying the virtual ride. I thought I might have to give up doing the blog because I don’t seem to have much time to do it, with all the work orders coming in and the tight deadlines, but then I figured that sleeping is much overrated.  😀 Continue reading “DAYS 5, 6, 7 & 8: THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT OTTAWA”

DAYS 8 & 9: TORONTO

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For my Toronto blog, I decided to make a list of all the things I like about Toronto.

Here it is: Continue reading “DAYS 8 & 9: TORONTO”

TRAIN TO BUSAN: A MOVIE REVIEW, SORT OF

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Yes, I know that this movie has absolutely nothing to do with my train trip across Canada, but I still want to make a note about it because it highlights some important features about trains (even without the zombie context). Continue reading “TRAIN TO BUSAN: A MOVIE REVIEW, SORT OF”

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