Arrived back in Yellowknife

Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
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Trip End Sep 01, 2007


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Saturday, October 6, 2007

So after spending a few days in the big city of Edmonton, on Sat. Sept. 30 I had to leave on the fateful journey back to the North to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.  Since travel from Edmonton to Yellowknife is expensive ($700-800 return on a 'seat sale') I had an Aeroplan ticket which routed me leaving at 10 a.m. from Edmonton-Calgary then Calgary - Yellowknife! For those not familiar with Canadian geography, that's going south in order to go north!  Anyway arrived on time in Yellowknife at 2:30 p.m. and my friend Catherine picked me, as she had dropped me off a year ago!  I must admit I had a tear in my eye as we neared Yellowknife, as it was -1 and snow on the ground as we flew over Great Slave Lake and the sub-arctic wilderness.  Catherine drove me to my apartment (fortunately I had been able to track down a cleaner when I was in Edmonton to go in that morning) and things were pretty much in organized disarray (the organized part from the cleaner, the disarray from the contract painters).  Books everywhere, furniture not in the right place, and my kitchen table covered with this and that.  This is what I had come home to after a year away!  Anyway Catherine had brought me a 'goodie bag' of food so we had tea, then went out to dinner and to a COSY (Classics on Stage Yellowknife) and it was a lovely end to the day.  Sunday I met friends for brunch and got ready for work on Monday! 
I had an amazing year, as it was both a physical and spiritual journey.  I was very blessed not to have anything really bad happen (other than a bout of food poisoning in Ljubliana, Slovenia, bronchitis in Hoi Ann, Vietnam and being robbed in Luann Prabang, Laos).  My parents and  family in Canada  are all ok, and I experienced such an abundance of assistance from strangers - both other tourists and locals - some whom I can only call 'angels' (honestly!) who showed up at exactly the minute I needed  help,whether it was taking me to the hospital emergency in Slovenia or helping me find a tuk tuk in Bangkok, or just crossing the streets of Hanoi and Saigon. 
People often ask me if I was scared this year travelling by myself and I can honestly say I was never scared!  I am not sure why I wasn't but I think I just thought things work out and the atmosphere was never scary - even walking around by myself at night in Bangkok or Sydney.  I had a positive attitude and expectation that people are basically good and kind.  When I left, I said I am not getting any younger nor is the world going to be getting any safer, so I better go now.  I return saying I am indeed not any younger now!  but the world is not as scary as I thought it was going to be which is not a bad trade-off.
So thank you to all the angels and helpful people I met, and thank you to those of you who have been following my blog and sending me telepathic and online messages from time to time.  And a big thank you as well to the friends and relatives I visited on my long route back to Yellowknife, which included Vancouver, Ladysmith, Nanoose Bay, Calgary, Lethbridge,  the Qu'Appelle Valley, the farm near Whitewood, Yorkton, Saskatoon and Edmonton.
As of Monday, Oct. 1 I am back at work in the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.
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