I’m going to Canada, hopefully

New year, new me as the saying goes. For me, new year means new adventures. It was the end of January 2016. New York City just survived a record breaking snowstorm. I was invited to go to Canada for a Capoeira event. The event will have masters of the art to teach us. The thought of it filled me with joy. ย Little did I know, it would be a journey just to get there.

NYC during the blizzard, Hugo Morel

One word of advice, never call your mother during a storm and your flight is the next day, after the whole city closed down. Yeah, the city that doesn’t sleep had to shut down at 2:45 pm; yet, any mother makes a situation seem more awful than it actually is. Okay yes, the blizzard was bad enough to close the city that never sleeps down but I was still alive. After a few “Are you alive?” calls, my mother convinced me to go three hours early to the airport. I’m still trying to figure out how she did this. Once the taxi dropped me at the airport, I knew I was in for a long night.

The day after the storm, Hugo Morel

As I got into the airport, the place looked like a dead zone. Everything was unusually closed down. The airport is open 24 hours on a normal schedule but a storm just passed. The airport looked like a homeless shelter. The food court was filled with people who were stuck in New York City. Their flights were canceled and the local hotels were closed. The only choice they had was the food court. This was a sight from a horror movie and a traveler’s worst nightmare.

After three hours of waiting, it was take off time. To save money, I bought a connecting flight, New York City to Denver international. The flight was full, due to the storm. They kept asking for handbags and luggage to be put on another flight. The kind person would be rewarded for a thousand dollars worth of flyer points. They asked four times and waited until someone actually volunteered before taking off!!


Denver International airport, Hugo Morel

At Denver International, I was surprised how big the mile high city’s airport was. It felt bigger than JFK. There was a mile long walkway (pun intended) and even a mall. I expected to see the cast of South Park here. This was mind-blowing!!

Flying to Winnipeg, Hugo Morel

After all the trials, I was finally in Canada. The country that is the home of Justin Bieber, Drake and maple syrup. Of course, instead of seeing Santa Claus and the north pole, I get a not so jolly welcome. Long story short, the immigration center kept me for about 20 mins trying to understand my story. It’s hard to explain to people, what Capoeira is. Lesson learned, never say you are going to stay at someone’s house that you met on Facebook and learn from a master that you never met in person.

Welcome to Winnipeg…kind of, Hugo Morel

Thank you for taking your time to read this post. Drop a like and a follow. Much love!!! Next week, we go to the city of Brandon. Stay safe and healthy!!

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  1. Are you Brazilian? Capoeira is such a cool martial art.

    I’m going to Canada later this year too! Will be the first time ever visiting the northern neighbor.

  2. Loved your post on the trials of travel. Your account of the agony of waiting in a crowded airport was indeed like a scene from a movie. thanks for the lovely shots of the snow covered area, I felt like I could almost touch it. I love Canada, next year hopefully its Alberta and the Rocky Mountains. Best wishes for more adventures coming your way. Follow me next week as I travel to Korea and Nevada.

  3. My worst experience was when I had to sleep on the floor of Terminal 4 at Heathrow. BA cancelled my flight and wouldn’t book me on another flight or give me accommodation. I’d never heard of Capoeira before!

  4. Hope you ended up having a great trip. And don’t be so hard on Mom’s…it’s our job to help protect our children ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the Denver airport!!!

  5. I’m Canadian but living in Europe…your post brought me back home to the snow of my country for a little while. Thanks for the memories!

  6. I had a smile thinking of your 20 minutes explaining staying in house of someone you met on FB. Can surely imagine how that went! I haven’t heard of Capoeira either, it sounds interesting!

  7. Hi! I enjoyed your post and had to smile because I live in Winnipeg (you’ll probably chuckle, but Traveler Geo put us on the top 20 list of places in the world to visit – I wrote a post about it on my blog titled “On The Map” if you are curious). I will check out your about page now and will add a follow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care.

  8. Howdy! This post couldnโ€™t be written much better! Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I am going to send this article to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a great read. Many thanks for sharing!

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