An art filled day

Trip Start May 09, 2009
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Trip End May 23, 2009


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1020 College Drive

Flag of Canada  , Saskatchewan,
Monday, May 18, 2009

So since I have been in Saskatoon I have wanted to go over to the other side of the river. So today with all the stores and tourist attractions closed because of Victoria Day we had to think of something else to do. So we decided to take photos of downtown across the river. As I was taking the photos I realized something. Saskatoon tries to look like its nickname of the Paris of the Prairies. There are trees planted along the river similar to what Paris has along la Seine river. There are also many older buildings that photograph very well. In this blog I am going to include photos of the College Drive Lodge, the unique accommodation I am blogging from right now. It was unique because there is no classification to give to this place. It is not an inn because we don't have a washroom in our rooms, it is not a hostel because I get my own room for pretty cheap. Also it is very cheap. For two nights it cost me $64 dollars. For a night at the Delta and another hotel I checked out while downtown it was twice as expensive for one night. So to explain this place I have included these photos. So back to my day. After taking the photos I was starving. It was 11 am and I couldn't find a place that was open. So off I walked desperate to find a place I wanted to eat at and one that was open. Finally I found one, Saskatoon Asian. Now I was weary of this place. After all good Asian food is usually associated with Vancouver or Toronto and after living in Asia for the past year I feel I am a decent critic of good Asian food. So I went in and sat down and asked for their most authentic dish. The server who was very nice checked with me twice that I was a big eater. I said yes I was starving. I shouldn't have agreed. The dish he brought out was huge. It was crisp chow mein with vegetables and pieces of meat on top. So very healthy but a huge quantity. So I started to eat and Beth came in with her Starbucks and sat down. She ordered Vietnamese rolls and then ate four of them then took off to the mall. So I had two plates of food to finish. On top of those two dishes I decided to order a Vietnamese vegetable dish. So it took me an hour to eat. But it only cost me $15 dollars. After food we started to wander around taking photos and then we ran into a random local gallery called the Art du Jus. It was an art gallery that was really abstract and played with a lot of different pieces of what normal people would think was garbage. But the greatest part of the gallery was a man by the name of Ric Pollock. An artist since a very young age and a native Saskatonian. Beth and I spent two hours just talking to him learning about the local art community and about his life. He is an artist who lives in a village of 8 people, in a house where he pays no rent or taxes and is a truck driver when he needs extra cash. After Art du Jus we went to the Mendel art gallery. Popular among locals here this gallery mixes modern art with recyclable art as well as what they called school art (art done by kids and teenagers) and a studio where we could create our own art. After Mendel we looked into going on a boat cruise but it was a little expensive and it didn't seem to be worth the money. So we decided to take a bus through its whole route to see more of Saskatoon. It didn't work as planned so we went to the local cafe. We talked to some locals and then we came back to the Lodge and now we are about to leave to the train station. I will get back to all my emails tomorrow as gmail is finally working for me.
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