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Another stepping stone

My around the word trip from 2011 was a solo adventure. It was just me and the world. The trip helped with a lot of things. I wanted to do it, I said that I’m going to do that, and I made it happen. As I gained confidence, ‘I did it’ became ‘What else can...

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Cookies to savour

When I was a kid, I’d never dreamed I would live on horse farms in the United States, do safari in Kenya, travel around the world, circumnavigate the Baltic Sea, cross Canada by train and see a few other places. All these seemed remote and romantic. Over thirty years later, with my own daughters in...

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Affection for passenger trains

‘In a modern world – as someone wrote – where traveling between destinations is viewed as a waste of time and resources, it’s hard to actually comprehend the beauty of some of the most spectacular rides on the planet. Far less comfortable, yet far more beautiful and interesting, the time spent between two destinations is...

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Canada’s best window

‘The Canadian’ – a national treasure and a flagship of the VIA Rail passenger rail system, is called Canada’s best window, and am not even able to articulate beyond these words. Once you board, without the pressure of the clock, everything seems to run more slowly. It’s an amazing antidote to the evils of the...

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The big days

Where does the magic happen? The best answer to this question arrived in the Caspar Craven’s book ‘Where the Magic Happens’. Let me share a few lines… ‘When you step outside your comfort zone, when you dare to imagine what you truly want for your life and create a compelling vision of that future. When...

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The true ‘magic’

And now, here we are. We gently nurtured the idea over the months, and our dream had finally materialized and become reality. We made it from Vancouver to Winnipeg, completing the first leg of this classic Canada coast-to-coast journey, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, one of the greatest railway adventures in the world. The...

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An unwritten law

The first part of our rail journey across Canada wouldn’t have been possible without the help from many people. They’d been a generous source of encouragement, and support flowed toward us as a result of our plans. Again, and again, this unwritten law came to play… When you are doing something for money or fame...

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Sweet interlude

To mark the last day of the first part of our cross-Canada train journey, we ended up at Winnipeg’s world-class Assiniboine Park Zoo. It was a fun place to pop in for a few hours and savour a sunny and bright weather. A sweet interlude before our return home. We’d been waiting for this trip...

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Little things

Being a parent is about building relationships, memories and enjoying little things together. Deep in our hearts we all crave experiences and connections, not ‘stuff’. In fact, there are only a few things on the planet that require breaking the bank to bring source of joy. The best things in life are free or reasonably...

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Passports full of stamps

As parents, we prefer to have Klara’s and Laura’s passports full of stamps rather than pushing them on getting the best scores on tests at school. At school, they would only read books about faraway places. But they’re actually out there seeing them first-hand, like there in Winnipeg. Curiosity, thirst for learning, a smile, playfulness...