Saskatoon through photos part 1 / by Jessica Lee

I've been in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for about a week. It's a nice, pleasant city but at the same time, there's not much to do here.

This is what it looked like driving in on a Greyhound from the east:

I arrived at 7 am, just in time for breakfast. For once, I was part of the early morning breakfast club.

I found my way to Poached Breakfast Bistro and was impressed by the modern furnishings. I wasn't sure what to expect from Saskatoon, but this breakfast place could have been any other lovely cafe in Toronto with its quality.

I suppose I was expecting more greasy spoon diners and a "country" feel.

I took a photo of my breakfast which included the most delicious bacon I've ever tasted. It was doused in maple syrup and garnished with pecans and spice, then baked in the oven until perfectly soft but cooked.

After breakfast, I dragged my luggage to the place I would be staying. It was over a half hour walk, but since I packed light, it was manageable and I got to see the city at a walking pace.

Here is the Saskatchewan River. It's one of the the most famous landmarks in Saskatoon.

Here is what a "normal" street looks like.

Saskatoon is more like a suburb than a city. In general, it's not extremely walkable since things are far apart from each other, but still most things are closer together than when I was Detroit.

There isn't much to do around town but there are some really cool houses painted in fun colours.

Check this out:

I like the colour scheme of this one too.

Some of the houses are extremely bold:

I tried to figure out why many of the houses are painted in such bold colours. Maybe it's a Saskatoon thing?

My theory is that people are bored here and they've taken to customizing their homes. This theory is also shaped from the fact that there are many customized vintage cars here as well, so perhaps making things look customized is a hobby in Saskatoon since there really isn't much to do in this town.

One thing Saskatoon is known for however is its berries.

We headed to the Sunday Farmer's Market to take a look:

This juice is made from Seabuckthorn berries.

I've never heard of such a thing in my entire life, but I got to taste a sample and it's extremely sour. But interesting. The berries are bright orange.

Anyway, I do hope that Saskatoon has more to offer. But in the mean time, I'll leave you with some photos: