Friday, June 3, 2011

Train ride from the "h" word

  
 Tracy on the train 
Black marker on Moleskin paper
5 x 9 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
(Forgive the lighting -- hotel
bathroom shot again.)

Okay.  So I have been sick all week with an inner ear infection.
I really just got up for a little while yesterday, but Steven and
I had planned that I'd come to Montreal this weekend, so I
dutifully got the train, thinking well I'll take a taxi, and then
be on the train -- how hard can it be?

Well... pretty hard as it turned out, because after leaving
Toronto half an hour late, we were floating along through
the pretty landscape along Lake Ontario.  I was talking to,
and drawing my seat mate, because we got along very well.
Then...the train stopped at Belleville, and we were told to get
off -- we'd have to go the rest of the way by bus to Montreal.

We were all indignant, but so well behaved and Canadian,
while we waited for 50 minutes standing outside the train
station for the buses to arrive.  And we got into Montreal,
with no stops, no water, no goodies on the bus at 11:15 pm
instead of 8:23.  So that was a rough beginning to the trip.

Luckily I drew this little picture of my friend until Belleville,
Tracy.  (She was going to Kingston, so put on a different
bus.) Thanks for posing for me Tracy, and remember that
you offered to let me draw you when I was doing a bad sketch
of myself from my camera.  Hope you have a great weekend Tracy, and
best wishes to all my brave and plucky fellow travelers.

Have a being-grateful-for-arriving-safely day.

4 comments:

Liza Hirst said...

Oh dear! When it rains, it pours.
Hope you can enjoy Montreal a bit nevertheless.
Lovely drawing!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Liza,

It was a great day in Montreal today.
Let's hope the train ride back to
Toronto is uneventful.

Thanks for the wishes. I think I am getting better.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

painterchum said...

sorry to hear about your inconvenient trip to MOntreal, it's always a downer when stuff like that happens.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Sally,

It was a downer because it cut one evening out of my weekend. I was inspired by my fellow travellers though, and Steven never looked better than when I saw him at the station at the end of the trip. I was
so happy to see him!

XOBarbara

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