Thursday, July 22, 2010

July 22/10: Food Cart


July 22/10: Food Cart, originally uploaded by susanvg.

In Toronto you see a lot of food carts - most are selling sausages of many varieties. This one stood out, both for its name and its offerings. We don't have these in Montreal - there is no selling of food on the streets, other than on terrasses as part of a restaurant. Part of the fun of going to a different city is to see how things are done differently.

Our stay in Toronto has been a time of catching up with family and friends. Tonight we meet with our fellow travellers and tomorrow early we take off for Greenland. We'll be spending 10 days on a ship with wildlife, photography and cultural experts. I'm pushing myself a bit out of my comfort zone. We'll be spending part of our days in the Arctic on zodiacs. We're repacking our bags, putting the clothes for the heat at the bottom of the luggage and preparing our carry on baggage with warm clothes for arrival. Once in Greenland we will be boarding zodiacs to get to our ship, so warm, waterproof clothes are needed. As we won't see our main luggage until we get into our cabin, we need to have our warm clothes ready to put on. Although temperature on land is forecast to be a pleasant 17C (about 62F), temperature travelling in the zodiacs will be quite different. So my hand luggage includes a hat, gloves, neck warmer, waterproof pants sweater and jacket. This adventure will take us part way up the coast of Greenland, across to Baffin Island (in Canada) and up north as far as Resolute Bay. (74°42'N. ). Then we get flown to Edmonton and on to the next leg of our adventure. I'm apprehensive but mainly excited. I plan to write every day – photograph a lot – after all, we'll have 24 hours of daylight and will probably be posting everything only when we get to Edmonton. I'm expecting to see many beautiful sights. I hope I'm up to the challenge of getting the photos.

5 comments:

  1. Yes, take several layers for the zodiac, Susan. It will be cold on the water. Possibly this suggestion is too late, but could you buy some hand warmers (the chemical ones used for winter sports)? They would come in handy if it is cold on the deck of the ship - I don't want you to miss any shots due to frozen fingers. Your trip sounds fabulous. Be safe and enjoy!

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  2. Have a great time. I look forward to seeing and hearing about your many adventures. Stay safe, have fun and take lots of pics.

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  3. I must admit, I'm a fan of food carts... Sounds like an exciting adventure. I can't wait to hear about it.

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  4. This is so exciting! Writing, photographing, learning, enjoying! How much better can it get? Looking forward to following the journey! Take care....

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  5. Wow, what an adventure! Safe sailings, keep warm and look forward to seeing and reading about everything!

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