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Two months in

A quarter of the way through, and a month since my last entry: Gold for Team Canada, Calgary Eau Claire YMCA, Parents visit.

Woah, just over two months of working and playing here in Alberta. I put off writing this for ages since I can only really do it at the weekends, and we're usually doing something or other. But this weekend I'm all on my lonesome after my parents have fled back to England and the rest of the staff are up in Edmonton so I hope to make up for my lack of updating!

So, although this happened a while ago.... GO CANADA!!!!!!!!!!! wooooo! Did you see the hockey match?!?! Canada were up 2-1 in the last period.. all they had to do was hold on those few measly seconds and then they would have secured the ultimate accolades in both beating the USA and winning Gold at the Olympics (although I'm not sure which is more valued ha) until BOOM. At 24.9 seconds to go the US equalised with a last minute attempt. Everyone in the bar collapsed with the stress of it all. I was having a hard time following the bloody hockey puck, so I found this out about 4 seconds later than everyone else haha. Anyways, then they came back on for extra time where the next goal would be the winner... no second chances on this... and BAM Canada score! The bar erupts with ferocious cheers! Like I said I didn't even realise they'd scored so I just joined in with the celebrations shouting "LOUD NOISES" haha. Everyone was high fiving and hugging eachother, a random man with a loud cow bell appeared and rattled it around pumping us all up. Then when we went out on to the street cars were driving up and down beeping their horns, shouting words of joy to neighboring Canadians! It was awesome!
Then we went and played ice hockey on this outdoor rink, swiftly followed by a trip to A & W for a fast food fix (bleh).

So on Mondays, we have these staff training days called "Monday Fundays" (yeahhhh fun!) where we don't have any kids but participate in many activites such as staff hikes, maintenance jobs, evaluations etccc. However this week, we got to visit the YMCA Eau Claire in Calgary! It's basically this big recreation center with a pool, gym, and various courts for squash and basketball. So our working day consisted of a staff game of basketball and a swim! Life is goooooood!

(Banff Hot Springs)

My parents came over at the end of March and we had so much fun. We stayed in Banff and visited the Banff springs, Sunshine Village and Norquay ski hils, Lake Louise where we cross country skiied, hiked around camp and had some good ol' quality family time together. However, since they were leaving me this time, it was definitely harder to say goodbye.


Oh and here's a cheeky Elk minus a pair o' antlers

Anyways sorry for the month delay in even posting this, hope everyone is happy back at home!

Posted by KatieG11 17:00 Archived in Canada Tagged events

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Hi Katie
You must explain the finer points of ice hockey when you come home! - sounds like it's a national obsession over there and that you've obviously been bitten by the bug too. I always thought it was a good excuse for a punch up on the ice, but maybe there's a bit more too it than that.
Anyway, how's life in a tent? I gather you've had to move in to new accomodation now the spring is here. Kieran is working hard for his ASs at the moment and so is Jen. Raj and I have just started going to a dance class together this week - managed to crush my toes several times in 45 minutes. Nana and Grandad have gone to the Lakes for the weekend. Lovely sunshine here at last and all the blossom is out too.
Anyway take care and have fun, Love form us all xxxx

by Lyn Lall

gt blog yet again KT ! Let me know about your Leeds ticket asap ( B4 end June!!). Hey Lyn Can't believe you've got Raj on the dance floor and your toes!! Cheeky!! Love ca xx Is it salsa or Ballroom?? xxx Hapy TIPI ing KT XXXXXX

by carol goldsmith

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