Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summer Sizzle trip: Day 1

Here is a summary of our trip so far!
Our group departed from Pearson International Airport at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon and landed in Winnipeg around 2 PM local time. We had to travel downtown to pick up our rental van...and on the way we passed a famous landmark, the Golden Boy statue! The Golden Boy is a statue facing north on the dome of the Manitoba Legislative Building, and is one of Manitoba's best known symbols. It is 5.25 metres (17.2 feet) tall from the toe to the top of the torch and 4.27 metres (14 feet) from head to toe. Here is a picture I took from the car:
Next we picked up our rental and piled into the van for a drive over to Neepawa (about 2 hours away).
Irene took the first driving shift. Yay...Neepawa!
After supper we met some friends at a local church, including Canadian composer Rémi Bouchard and   musician Cameron Streicher. Cameron was giving a concert that evening in Neepawa, so we were able to stay for the first half of the show before hitting the road again.
On our way to Saskatchewan we stopped at a great little place called the Chipperfield Coffee Company in Minnedosa. They had 24 flavours of soft serve ice cream, gourmet coffees and teas and lots more!
I took the second shift of driving, and after another three hours on the road we finally rolled into Yorkton, SK. And that is our trip so far; we're having fun getting to know each other and setting up for the symposium. More updates to follow!

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