Well we had to leave Chicago eventually :o( We said farewell to Chala & Manuel after brunch (v American). Then explored O'Hare airport. . . . hmmmm. Still, a good flight to Winnepeg, flying in with the lights sparkling through the snow. We walked (well skidded) into town accross frozen Red River with people X country skiing over it. There's an area between the Red river and the Assinniboine River called the Forks (go figure) with lots of arts & crafts places where the locals turn out on the weekend to enjoy skating, ice hockey and skiing - with lots of tots being pulled around in toboggans :o)
I had my second serving of pancakes and Maple syrup in as many days - all that activity was making me hungry ;o)
We then went on to the Manitoba Museum - quite something as it documents the geological, ecological and social anthropological history of this region over the past 6,000+ years! Did you know that the whole of north America was once divided north/south by sea? - No nor did I. Anyway all this is presented in huge dioramas featuring everything from dinosaurs to moose to early movie-houses. Quite a few of the early settlers were Scots, thrown out by the land clearances - that was a seriously tough life. The most interesting thing to me though was the indigenous peoples - the Inuit, Cree and Blackfoot plus Meti or mixed-race peoples. I now know how to hunt Buffalo, build a teepee and when not to sign a treaty. . . . . hmmm. There are amazingly still many native Americans around and the texts were all written in English, French and an ancient runic script from these folk.
We board the Canadian Pacific Railway tomorrow - woo hoo - (we were asked if we'd like the Red Caps to take our cases to the cabin - v Orient Express darling). Not sure if we'll be able to update the blog till we get to Vancouver though - not till 27th Tell you all about it then :o)