Red Deer is a growing city situated between Edmonton and Calgary. There, we had lunch with an outstanding family from Fiji. That brought me back to memories of my walk on three of the islands of Fiji, including a trek through Suva, the major city, and participating in their nation’s biggest event, The Hibiscus Festival.
Fiji, in my opinion by the way, has the best cuisine on the planet—diverse, tasty Indian fare with veggies you don’t find in most places.
Our major time was spent in Calgary for their Sunday program, which took a different shape today. Datta’s magic show, and Ananda’s drumming went on, and then our combined kirtan and dance involving the parishioners. In place of a talk on devotion, we executed all of this, and there were happy faces. https://youtu.be/znneAZ6aWWg
Outside of our kirtan at the Krishna Centre, on NE 4thStreet, there was much more music going on. On an island, within the mighty Bow River, was the 39thAnnual Folk Festival, attracting 60,000 people.
We did, by chance, run into the gathering, and the vibrations were good where mellowness pervaded. The only trekking, for me, took place along the Bow. I mentally calculated it was a distance of 4.2 kilometres. I can’t be too sure today, but that’s how it felt.
Kayaking and rafting are really popular here, but you have to have one of those tight suits on. The waters coming from the Rockies are frigid.
May the Source be with you!