OMG I love this place!!
28.01.2010 -3 °C
WAIT! Before I start, I need to update on everything else.
So, finished the flight. Mark and I were a little bit tired and frustrated from the flight, and then we had to go through and immigration and security to add to the joy. I got both my bags with in seconds of arriving at the carosel...score!
Bus station 20, bus 57, $2.75.
Of which Mark had to pay for because I cba getting change haha. We took the bus to Whitestone. When we got there we were confronted with the prospect of lugging three items of baggage each up three flights of stairs. I must admit, my heart sank. However, as we neared it we discovered a spiral sloping incline on the other side of the road. Thank the Lord! So we dragged our suitcases up and endless swirl of concrete and cherry-coloured railings.
At the top was a pretty awesome view of the cityscape. I stood there, absorbing it in. Feeling the welcome chill of the -3 degree air rush into my lungs, pretty much soothing my sweltering body. I watched this thin funnel of vapour escape my mouth. Was a cool moment.
SO then we caught the C-transit train (which was free since we'd bought a bus ticket) and ventured on till we arrived at 7th Av in Downtown Calgary. We got off the train and just went in the direction of the brightest lights.
It was then that I actually saw one of those Newspaper stands, the one's from the movies that are like coin operated vending things!!!! Ah...so cool! AND (get this) a yellow fire hydrant!! I was practically foaming at the mouth with excitement. And then, as we went to cross the road, I realised that I'd never found out HOW to cross the road here. I can't tell you how weird it is, crossing the road without having to press a button in order for the traffic to stop. I never believe the traffic when the white man comes on (meaning you can cross), cause you always think that the traffic wont stop.
In the distance, sky scrapers were camouflaged in the night sky. I could actually see steam rising from the roof! Like in Friends!
ANYWAYS, we realised that we were headed in completely the opposite direction. We also realised that we were in the perfect location; 7th Avenue is the street with LOADS of main attractions. Everything here is set out in a grid, with Avenues going horizontally and Streets going vertically. It took us a while to get used to, but I'm getting the hang of it all now. We arrived at the hostel and checked in. We burst through our bedroom door, ready to pass out with exhaustion on our beds and were suprised to find 2 men each already in their bed sheets. And the heat! I can't tell you! oh it was overwhelming and so unwelcome. Fully clothed and prepared for the bitter cold... to stand in a room with a radiator so warm that that everyone slept in a single sheet and had the window open the whole night, was poo. We crashed out.
We got talking to our roommates, Gabriel, a German snowboarder in his late 20s I'd say, but more intruigingly, Dennis, a middle-aged Native Indian. He lives on a reservation and came the the youth hostel for a week spontaneously. Within the first 5 minutes of meeting him, he asked me "so, have you met the Queen?". Legend.
The room: 3 bunk beds with 6 beds in total. 6 lockers to safely stow your suitcase. Fairly spacious, for a hostel, and lots of facilities e.g. free wifi everywhere, games room, pool, big tv with movies, quiet room, balcony etc. And 24 hour reception.
It's really, really nice! Just too bloody hot! Didn't think I'd be complaining of heat in Canada! Anyways just in bed ready to sleep now, It's 5:39 am UK time and 10:40 pm... I'm so awake it's friggin ridiculous. After all that travel and now I can't sleep. The snoring from these men is like like trying to sleep through several hurricanes occurring at once! haha, it's quite funny though.