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September 6, 2022

September 11, 2022

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Winnipeg was my first city in Canada on the Western Journey. Manitoba is one of the three Canadian provinces to which I had never been. The drive through western North Dakota and into Manitoba was flat and mostly lacking the breathtaking scenery we sometimes expect in North America. But, all the corn and silos you want!

Like Minneapolis, I got shut out but decided half way through my stay to prepare better for Regina, Calgary, and Vancouver than I have for any other city. So, while I did get out and have a few conversations, I actually spent more time indoors doing work for the future. On the second day, the cool Canadian mornings and evenings finally hit. I remember them well as autumn has always been my favorite time of the year.

While in Winnipeg, visiting The Forks Park on the Red River is an absolute must. It is a lively area with restaurants, entertainment, and a wonderful open area to stroll or sit and enjoy the riverside. I was pleasantly surprised. Finally, on my trip to The University of Manitoba, I just happened to arrive at the same time thousands of others were arriving in bright blue jerseys. Apparently, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League play their games at the university stadium. Who knew?

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