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Pitstop in the Big Smoke

sunny -12 °C

Here is the cake my good friend Tim bought to celebrate my pending departure. It was delicious, and featured a rather impressive if not totally geographically accurate map of Africa.

After the first slight hiccup (a two hour delay in the Winnipeg airport), I made it to my first destination - Toronto. Not terribly exotic, but friends and family to see here on the way. Here in Toronto I have been staying with my sister Kate and her partner Alex, who have been lovely gracious hosts. Friday evening I met up with a friend from Kitchener-Waterloo with whom I have kept in touch since my time at U of Waterloo. Saturday Kate, Alex and I stopped by Lawrence Market for lunch and then did errands about town. In the evening we went skating at the Harbourfront. The photo below shows the CN tower in the background if it is not totally clear. Sunday I had brunch with another former Winnipegger and am now making sure the bags are packed up again for the big departure.

The fact that I am really on my way started to sink in on the flight from Winnipeg to Toronto and I got rather excited, to the point that I was getting teary-eyed. I don't think I've ever cried with excitement before. Perhaps I will be crying again after a transatlantic flight to Paris followed immediately by a 6 hour flight from Paris to Cameroon? International travel is of course a luxury that a small proportion of the world's population get to enjoy, so I will just buck up and count my blessings.

Next post will be from Douala, Cameroon!

Posted by LizDykman 12:53 Archived in Canada Tagged pre-departure

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