17.07.2007 - 20.07.2007 35 °C
I arrived in Calgary around 4ish in the afternoon after catching the charter bus from Edmonton and walked to the hostel which turned out to be about 8 blocks from where I was dropped off and unfortunately everyone was out on the streets. Got a little busy and hectic with me and my poor suitcase.
So checked into the hostel and unpacked before heading out to see what was around downtown Calgary. Went up Calgary tower, into the Eaton Centre and some shops for some stuff for this cold!!! Well, it started like 2 days in Edmonton and so far I hadn't shaken it off so cough syrup, lemsips and sinus tablets, and a couple of concerned faces and I was set.
So next morning I booked to go onto a city tour of Calgary and when the driver got to my pick up location, I thought he was being a smart arse by saying my name before I did but turns out that I was the only person who booked the tour for that day. Luckily for me, another guy from Portugal walked by and jumped on the bus so it was Marco, Bryce (driver) and I for 4 - 5 hours going around Calgary and its sights. We had a brief history of the city and its background whilst driving up to Fort Calgary where we watched a short movie about the set up of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the area and the fur/whiskey trade between to Americans and the natives. Was kind of interesting but had several things that kind of put a dampener on the experience. Firstly we were able to try on Mounty uniforms...there was no sign saying "No David Size" and also after the movie and uniform session the fort hadn't been well maintained and only a couple of buildings stood from its original time.
So after Fort Calgary we headed to Olympic Park where the Calgary 88 Winter Olympics were held and is home to two artifacts in the museum. Firstly when I walked into the museum on my right was Cool Runnings, which was used in the film "Cool Runnings". So naturally doing the tourist thing I had my picture taken with it and later on with the Union Jack stood on the podium in first place holding the olympic torch and achieved what no Brit did in the 88 games! Secondly we went up to the 90m ski jump tower, which is also the highest point in Calgary and in a glass case sat the helmet of Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards. He painted eagle across the helmet in response to the crowd who gave him the name. So after Olympic Park we went back to Calgary and got dropped off in downtown and I went back to the eaton centre to grab a bite to eat before heading back to the hostel for an early night.
Next day, I got up early and headed to one of the continents top 45 zoos. That's right, David went to the Calgary Zoo! Had a great day even though after hours of sunshine and animal madness I started to feel a little rough with the cold and started to get all blocked and hard to breathe etc. So like I said it was a great zoo to visit with everything from elephants to red pandas...yes RED pandas!
So again it was an early rise for David the next day. After checking out by 10am I had to kill some time before jumping on a bus to Banff to see Kat. So I did what I do best just laze on the sofa with a beer and my laptop on the Internet. So that was my Calgary experience and next stop Banff!