As we descended onto the twinkling lights of Saskatoon below we flew next to a significant lightning storm. Jagged bolts of lightning lit up massive thunderheads for a moment – alternating between bright white and pink light. This lightning is the cause of hundreds of fires that are burning out of control in the northern part of the province having displaced some 13,000 people.
The economy seems to be doing well here according to my driver who moved here several years ago from Toronto to work in the Potash mines. According to him, this product is in heavy demand in two of the world’s most populous countries – China and India where it is used on crops and fruit trees to significantly increase the quickness of production to market.
Dinner at a restaurant downtown produced a very interesting story. When I was in the country of Moldova earlier this year I randomly met a Saskatchewan farmer on a tour of one of the world’s largest wine caves. We casually chatted and I told him I’m a travel writer and gave him my first name. I even wrote about why he was in Moldova here.
Imagine my surprise after a wonderful dinner at Ayden Kitchen & Bar in downtown Saskatoon when I received a Direct Message on Twitter from this same individual I met in Moldova asking if I was “the same Dave as on that particular wine tour”.
He then went on to tell me he was a part owner of Ayden Kitchen & Bar. I would have tried to have met up again but he lives 2 hours outside of Saskatoon and my time in town was limited.
Sometimes travel truly delivers a random moment from out of ‘left field’!