Ahhh…Winnipeg. The exact halfway point in my journey.
It’s nice knowing that I’m halfway across the country, and past the halfway point in terms of days. It’s also great to be able to hit my hometown halfway through the journey. It’s been a wild ride across the unfamiliar, so having something I recognize crop up every now and again is quite comforting.
That’s not to say that I blew off the journey in Winnipeg. I wanted this stop to be as authentic as the rest of the trip. I didn’t stay overnight, I stuck to the same budget, and I called up some people that I knew and asked if anyone would like to take me around the city as my tour guide for the day.
As a result, I got to see the city in a way that I never had before. My partner Justin took me on a tour of his favourite place in the city, the Legislature. I had never been in the building before, and it was quite beautiful. I met some friends later for a trip to Dalnavert historical museum, and then lunch at the Forks, with dessert at the Banana Boat. More than what I saw, though, it was great to be able to look at the city through someone else’s eyes. Everywhere I go, I trust my tour guides to show me what’s important to them. In Winnipeg, I didn’t want to be blinded by what I already knew, I wanted to see the city with other people, and I think it worked out perfectly.
After a wonderful day exploring my home base, I got on a bus and headed to Regina to start the second half of the adventure.