28.01.2010 - 31.01.2010
Gosh, I've just been typing up the previous days and it's taken me forever. Hopefully this one will be a little more concise.
So today we woke up and got ready for 9 or 10 am. Awful night's sleep due to intense snoring from two guys, one of which had a cold. YAY! Didn't feel like breakfast so we headed straight for the C transit along 7th Av aiming for this big outdoor store called Mountain Co-op Equipment, so Mark could buy his sleeping bag, 60L rucksack etc. Was a massive mission since we couldn't figure out the road system but it was cool to see the area even if there were one too many detours.
There are so many skyscrapers here! I didn't realise this would be so. I'm constantly craning my neck in awe.
Next we wanted to pick up our tickets from the box office for our Hockey match that evening. Stopping off at a Smoothie place on the way (I'm officially addicted, plus it's the only way I'll get in my 5-a-day Mum). TWO HOURS LATER, haha, we managed to locate the Pengrowth Saddledome, home to the Calgary Flames NHL hockey team (major league, professionals), and the Calgary Hitmen WHL (junior league, amateurs). This was located within Stampede Park, which is the site on which the Calgary Stampede takes place... this major tourist attraction every July that draws millions of people worldwide, so it was cool to look around there.
Came home. At about 1 pm for lunch. We were lazy so we ordered pizza. 15" pepperoni. EPIC. Literally about 5cm thick, and we have used that pizza for 4 meals since! No lie!
Then off to the hockey match. OFMSDIUERHJFDOSIJADKPSFKNOSPFE IT WAS AWESOMEEEEEEEE! ONE row away from the front, ONE ROW!?!?! Arghhhh, and of course everything was completely dramatised cause of how seriously they take their sport. The hockey players skate on to metal music and disco lights, while some booming Canadian voice hypes up the crowd. There was the Canadian National anthem and various events to fill the intermissions.
We lost 6-3 to the Brandon Wheat Kings in the last third, when we were winning throughout before that. Bad times. So many fights! So many slamming of bodies against the plastic guards infront of the crowd. I was in my element! "Let's gooo Hit-men!".
Argh, I wanna go again soon!
Came home, and took a detour through some trees with pretty lights on. Then I saw these Roman looking arches, and it was so late so we nearly didn't have a look but we thought seeing as we were in the area...
It was an ice skating rink! In the middle of the city, amongst all the sky scrapers and traffic. This white circle of tranquility, with all these local skaters skating through the night.
This woman offered me her boots, so I got to go on! It was so amazing.
Anyways gotta go, in a rush,