It’s taken me all week to recover from my week of travels, and I’m off again tomorrow. Winnipeg was a whirl of media, a live TV interview early morning, and four back to back in the afternoon (print, radio, TV, radio). But I managed to get a walk in right after I landed at the venerable Fort Garry Hotel (mentioned in The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott which I thoroughly enjoyed despite exhaustion!)
Winnipeg was an interesting city. I had the first hint when I arrived at the airport, which was spacious and quiet. The streets are broad. Walking in Winnipeg, I had a sense of all the room we’ve got to spread out a city here in the middle of Canada. Winnipeg’s not a big city. With 700,000 people by the standards of, say, China, it would be considered a small town.
But in Canada it’s a city with dignity and is surprisingly multicultural for the size. Flat land, big sky, the meeting place of two rivers instead of perched on a Great Lake like my home, it’s a place where I somehow didn’t feel out of place–though it would have been much better if my family was with me.
Of course, I have to admit, the charm was enhanced by the glorious sunny day between Winnipeg’s major seasons: snow and mosquitos. Now the pics (click to enlarge):