Trip to Canada Day 2, Part I

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Day 2 of our trip was so packed with fun things, that I decided to split the post into three parts. We found out that Memorial Day weekend in U.S. is also Open Doors weekend in Winnipeg. Basically, we were able to visit museums and other exhibits for free, with free tours! We first started out by going to the Royal Mint.

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I loved the Royal Mint! It was so cool. While we were waiting for our tour, I got to pick up a huge gold bar. It weighed 28 pounds and is worth over $738,000.

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Noelle really wanted to come to the Royal Mint -she is a mechanical engineer, and was fascinated by the factory production line.

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The tour was fantastic. I learned that sometimes the US will have the Royal Mint make coin blanks when they run out (it is illegal for another mint to make the actual American currency). Also, did you know that vending machines do not measure coins by weight? It actually reads the amount of copper in each coin (which is different for every country.) That’s why you can’t use a Canadian quarter in a US vending machine!

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St. John’s Anglican Church

 

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Next we went to the St. John’s Anglican cathedral. I am a big fan of stained glass windows, so it was really neat. Each set of windows was created by a different artist, dating back to 1833.

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The first window I looked at was called the Great West Window. It was made by the Western Art Glass of Winnipeg company, and added to the church in 1975, to celebrate it’s 150th anniversary. The window honors several church leaders, and has a picture of the Christ standing over them.

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Noelle and Spencer looking at the Annunciation of Jesus window.

 

The second window depicts the Annunciation of Jesus, or when the angel Gabriel came to Mary. It was designed by Joseph McCauslin in 1926.

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We came in at the end of the tour, but still learned some interesting stuff. St. John was honored as a Cross of the Nails center. The tour guide explained that back during WWII, English Anglican members came to Germany, and German Christians came to England to rebuild churches. They took nails from the foundations of the building, and made crosses, hence Cross of the Nails.

And now on to Part II! Have you read the rest of this series?

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My Trip to Canada

My Trip to Canada -Day 1

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I  left the continental US for the first time -finally -and I went to … Canada! I had so much fun on this trip and can’t wait to share it with you.

Ben and I, along with our friends Noelle and Spencer, decided to travel up to Winnipeg in the Manitoba province, about 6 hours from Bismarck. We had this trip planned months in advance! We left on Friday, May 27th, during Memorial Day weekend..

We all enjoyed cookies and listening to an audio version of In Her Majesty’s Service. I’ve never read the James Bond books before, and it was a real treat. I’ve decided I like the book version of James Bond, surprising since I hate the James Bond Movies. Perhaps he is an acquired taste… 🙂

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When we got to the border, it was 8:56 pm, and the border gate was closing! Apparently there was a cut-off curfew that we didn’t know about. Ben tried to persuade the guard to let us in anyways, but we had no luck. The guard let us know of two crossings we could try and told us to hurry!

So, we headed out to the next crossing at Sarles-Crystal City crossing. That crossing closed at 10 pm, so Ben booked it. I’m pretty sure he was going 75 down the gravel road we were travelling (thankfully there were no cops around). We got there with half an hour to spare, and took a big sigh of relief. I couldn’t wait to get that stamp on my little blue book! I looked at my passport with pride when I got it back. 🙂 As we took those few moments to cross the border, my heart was pounding! I was so close!

As soon as we crossed the border, I insisted on pulling over. I had to touch Canadian soil! (Silly, yes.)  I almost kissed it, but thought better of it. 🙂 We pulled over by the Welcome to Manitoba sign, and took some pictures.

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Although not a lot happened that night, it was filled with  excitement. I  still am giddy about travelling to Canada. . 🙂

Head on over to Day 2 Part 1!

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My Trip to Canada