VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 4: Halifax, NS

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 4: Halifax, NS

Halifax actually reminds me of Edmonton quite a bit too much. This is another kind of a laid-back capital city filled with nice strangers who always go with, “Hi! How are you? Have a nice day!” sort of template within daily conversation in grocery stores or anywhere else with customer services. People say thank you to the bus driver even though they’re exiting from the back door that is a few meters away from the driver upfront, strangers smile at each other when their eyes accidentally meet, the bus drivers smile at each passenger that come aboard, and so forth.

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 3: The Ocean Train

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 3: The Ocean Train

I remember perfectly the very first thing that came to my mind once I dragged my eyes out of my laptop screen to the moving window of VIA’s the Ocean train that evening was one of Robert Frost’s world famous poem. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; I imagined, our train from a bird’s view would be meandering intrepidly along the railway that goes through a thick forest of…

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 1: The Canadian Train

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 1: The Canadian Train

By the time I wrote this post, up until this point where you’re reading this, I have only finished Edmonton-Toronto round trip and not yet done the Edmonton-Vancouver part which should be the greatest part of the entire Via Rail experience. However, surely updates will be posted soon once I get to try that bits of the utmost Via Rail journey!

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 0: Full Itinerary

VIA Canada 150 Trip Part 0: Full Itinerary

The possibly best summer in my life that I had been very much looking forward to has finally come! I’m happy to admit that I had been very fortunate to have come and lived in Canada this year, for this year the country is celebrating its 150th birthday meaning amazing once-in-a-lifetime deals of tourism are lining up. What everyone had foreseen since last year was that the entrance to all national parks are becoming free for this entire year, but one thing that came as a great surprise was that: Via Rail offered a 150$ Canada 150 Youth Pass which…

From Illinois to California on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

From Illinois to California on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

I ended 2016 and began 2017 doing something I never really thought in a lifetime I would do: taking a train trip from the very easternmost state of United States of America to the very westernmost one. Yes, together with some amazing companions, I journeyed through the land of U.S.A., which is pretty much equivalent with literally going from the easternmost border of the continent of North America to the westernmost side. By road. Yes, it was one heck of a remarkable once-in-a-lifetime trip in summary.

Why choosing Emirates was the best thing happened to me in 2016 – part III: Toronto

Why choosing Emirates was the best thing happened to me in 2016 – part III: Toronto

Keesokan paginya, semua awalnya terlihat berjalan lancar. Karena antisipasi berlebihan, saya tiba di bandara 3 jam sebelumnya, gate pun belum dibuka. Sempat telepon Adhi dulu dan meyakinkan dia untuk jangan cerita siapa-siapa (meski akhirnya saya tulis juga di blog ini, lol). Beberapa jam kemudian saya sudah berada di pesawat menuju Toronto. Kemudian saya menyadari, there could be another challenge. Karena di Toronto saya harus membuat study permit sebelum lanjut ke connecting flight, dan saat itu waktu transit saya kurang dari 90 menit sebelum pesawat menuju Edmonton berangkat. And it would be utterly stupid if I miss another flight during this…