Prairie's charm; a long-weekend getaway (1)

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Entrance to English Garden

As opposed to other major cities in Canada, Winnipeg may pale in comparison citing its subdued cosmopolitan character, for example. Having a humble downtown area and quaint little houses (in core city area) - among other things, Winnipeg has still maintained its charm that is uniquely different from any cities in Canadian Prairies. Its people are the friendliest ones you can find.

After more than six years since we last set an eye on Winnipeg, here we were, both worked-up and finding our way in front of a laptop skimming for seat sales over the internet. It was my wife's plan to visit Winnipeg this time as I have been favouring the idea of flying down to Las Vegas. I would feel truly regretful had I not gave in to my wife's.

I have to admit, I was a bit selfish insisting not to go. I did not realise later on after we've come back that it was actually a visit  which would turned out to be worthwhile. Behind all the beauty and thrill this city could offer was an experience we would not have found but only from those unmistakable faces, familiar laughters, and old-time camaraderie among our friends. Truth to be told, those were only the incentives as I've seen how my wife's happiness gleamed throughout the whole time.

My idea of travel, I believe, has gone up to a certain level of maturity after this trip. My notion that a travel must constitute mainly of self gratification, visual fulfillment, and be an ego nurturer (to some extent) was a bit of embarrassment to myself which my own self have encouraged in the past.

Wife at a friend's place
Travel is such a wonderful experience, life-changing, mind-, and eye-opening, only if it's to be mutually or collectively decided, shared, and enjoyed with the ones you cared about.  Of course, I cannot discount the fact that there are those who would prefer to travel by themselves...for sure they have their own valid reasons.

Anyways, after few attempts from several online ticket agencies, we finally grabbed two sale seats at a fairly cheap price. That was a week before our scheduled flight. 

We packed light but ended up having more stuff in our hands because several dozens of Krispy Kreme doughnuts we have brought into this trip. In the morning prior to our departure, we bought six or so dozens of assorted Krispy Kreme donuts for our friends (we were told they do not have that toothsome doughnut shops in Winnipeg, this is why).

We're WestJet patrons!
It must be a pretty popular name in doughnuts since it grabbed attention from security personnel at the airport to flight attendants in the aircraft where we were in.

I totally surprised myself when I felt sick during the take-off and much worse in landing of the 737. I had been to longer flights in the past and did not experience motion sickness at all. Even the wife didn't believe at first, until she felt my hands were cold and noticed  my sweating forehead. Her lip was half-grinning, but I sensed her worry at the same time while asking me repeatedly if I was okay. I could only give her a thumbs-up sign because I felt I could throw up at that moment I open my mouth. Luckily, it didn't end up that way. Considering the last time I had this motion sickness was when I was in grade school, that experience turned up really odd to me. TO BE CONTINUED...

 

 

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Entrance to English Garden
Entrance to English Garden
Wife at a friends place
Wife at a friend's place
Were WestJet patrons!
We're WestJet patrons!
Along Ness Avenue
Along Ness Avenue
Duck pond
Duck pond
Portage Avenue
Portage Avenue
A Baptist Church I happened to pas…
A Baptist Church I happened to pa…
Polar bear, common up North of 53
Polar bear, common up North of 53
The Forks market
The Forks market
The Forks
The Forks
Inside a conservatory park
Inside a conservatory park
A quick breakfast before departure
A quick breakfast before departure
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Back to Calgary
Victoria Inn Hotel
Victoria Inn Hotel
This is Owen
This is Owen
Our suite
Our suite
Our suite
Our suite
Our suite
Our suite
Inside conservatory
Inside conservatory
Papaya tree
Papaya tree
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Casa Delano Restaurant
Casa Delano Restaurant
Extra large Pickerel
Extra large Pickerel
Johnston Terminal
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St. Boniface Church
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