I think the past year we’ve been here we’ve run out of places to go within driving distances of coming back home within a reasonable amount of time for school/work. Which is really hard for a family that likes to travel and view the world … as much as they can on a very limited limited non-existent budget 🙂 I think that’s the biggest culture shock living in the middle of the country. Before we had an abundance of places to go and people to see. Here…well here not so much.
I remember last year a couple kids told me they hadn’t been out of Saskatchewan…ever. While socio-economic and life factors may play a part for some – it still bowled me over. Manitoba is literally an hour away. Trust me – the sidekick and I do not have money. However, the sidekick and I have always believed that the kid is learning things about life when we travel. It took years and years to come up with the money to go to Australia, but the perspectives she gained from being in a new culture – priceless. And I got to hold a koala – AWESOMENESS FOR ME!!! Walking downtown Toronto and watching her give her own coins to a homeless man – priceless. (Hopefully she continues to know she isn’t the center of the universe). Even going through different neighbourhoods in different provinces she is learning about different standards of living. We went to the Buffalo Zoo for $34 .. for the three of us .. and that included parking. So many opportunities to learn. Traveling is an education in itself. I think my dream would be if someone bankrolled me to travel for a year with the kid documenting everything. We would both be in heaven … though the kid might not pass school if I home-schooled her. ….. That could be a problem.
After staying near to the house since we’ve been back, the need to view the world was intense. So we had an adventure, the kid and I. The sidekick was not able to come. We decided to head back to Minot, North Dakota. We haven’t been there since last October. Both of us love love love finding those cool items we don’t have in Canada.
The following pictures are not good for your health at all – but I imagine when it’s time for a treat I’m going to be very happy 🙂 Though walking the stuff off is gonna be a drag 😉
We window shopped.
We went to an amazing restaurant called Mi Mexicana.
We took a drive through the city, exploring places we hadn’t been. We relaxed at the hotel. A waterpark was attached to the hotel. The waterpark was a little worn in. No life guard was present, (a fact written on the wall), so it was a little chaotic with all the people not following my rules for safety. But deep breaths to keep the anxiety down helped to make it a great time for us.
And when it was time to leave …. we got lost. I thought it was a straight road from the border to Minot as I remembered going there. Apparently not – there’s a road that breaks off somewhere to go back to the border. I had no clue where we were. A fact which had the kid laughing and taking out the GPS. I am amused it didn’t rate highly on her take of the weekend.
A 4 hour drive enabled us to talk about things we hadn’t been able to in the rush of life.
We made it home. The sidekick was waiting.
Travel – even if it’s to a new town by you. Travel with your kids. The time together is amazing.