Just a quick update to share a couple of photos.
The firest were taken about a week ago, in a remote foresty area near Quebec City. I spent 3 or so days there, recovering from my trip, more or less successfully riding a quad ATV through the woods (does that sound quite canadian enough for you) and walking around old Quebec.
We were surprised to see northern lights this far souht. They were fainter on real life than in this long exposure shot but they were definately there and pulsing and moving. That night also showed of a splendid view of the milky way.
Appreciate, because messing about with a complecated camera at night left me frozen stiff.
The third one is just a view of the automn city, from the vantage point on top of the Mont Royal. Im sure there exist several million photos just like this one, but it has to be said that its an awesome view.
Since beck in Montreal I have been mostly relaxing, reading, bringing my French back to its former grandeur and enjoying good company… Thats not too bad after almost 2 moths of running around. In a few days, the running will recommence and Im looking forward to that as well, especially since I was lucky enough to be referred to (a friend of a friend) ^ 3 for a place to stay In NYC.
In the past 60 hours I have covered 3800 km, from calgary, Alberta to Montreal, Quebec on a Greyhound Bus. Trust me, thats not half as romantic as it sounds (if you even consider old blues lyrics mentioning ‘takin a greyhound’ romantic at all.
Granted, I now know exactly why large parts of Canada are so uninhabited. I must congratulate Clemens of his perfectly accurate description of Saskatchewan as a frozen plain that I dont want to visit.. I can account for the endless plain part just as much for the 15 cm of snow that covered that entire area and the complete lack of attraction it held.
In the crossing of the country I was presented with tasters of almost all the seasons. Vancouver was warm and sunny summer. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were freezing, snowy, windy winter. And as soon as I hit Ontario the sight became exactly what you expect from October in Ontario: a landscape that looked a lot like a clums painter had spillt all his reds, yellows and greens. When the sun broke through the clouds for the first time in days a full, bright double rainbow appeared, actually making the full arc from ground to ground. Im kind of sad the picture I took isnt half as impressive as the actual thing.
As enlightening as the experience has been, I can now safely say that next time I’ll gladly take a plane. At some point sitting down in a bus just loses its appeal.We formed a group of all the hardcore people that were on the bus for a couple of days, occupied the back of the bus and tried to look mean and fat so as to get more space for ourselves. This worked surprisingly well and most people on the bus were very nice (I say most to include the deranged Quebecker that spent all 60 hours swearing at everyone under his breath and almost got thrown off the bus 3 or 4 times).
I have now arrived Quebec. Ive had a nights sleep, an awesome meal, some of the best ever pumpkin cheesecake, and a ride around the woods on one of those crazy four wheel off road ATV things. Feeling very much human again.