14.07.2007 - 17.07.2007 34 °C
So the four of us arrive in Edmonton at 8am all very tired and what not after spending 18 hours on the train over night from Winnipeg. The Irish lads and I grabbed a cab to the hostel and found out that we couldn't check in until 3pm. The time was 9am! So off to the storage room to place our suitcases and bags and off into the local area for breakfast. Still by the time we were finished it was 11am and still had time to kill so as nearly every tourist who comes to Edmonton does, we grabbed a map and headed down to the West Edmonton Mall. The map itself placed the mall in our opinion about 45 minutes walk away from the hostel so we decided to walk it thinking nothing of it. By midday the temperature was 36 degrees and we were lost. Turns out we got to the mall three hours after we started and I am in Jeans and long sleave t-shirt, I was quite poofed out by the end of the hike.
So in the mall we went and was greeted by the rides and coasters in the mall! Honestly who puts a theme park near enough in a mall? Seriously? So after a long hike we thoguht we'd treat ourselves to some food so off to the food court for KFC and then we headed down to water world...again in the mall! The only thing that stopped us from taking a chilled and relaxing paddle in the wave pool was that they wanted $35 to get in.
So bugger that we thought and had a quick look around and apart from the water world and theme parks it was just like any other mall! Nothing really special about it so we grabbed the bus back to the hostel where we could check in finally. All grabbed showers after check in and then off onto the internet to grab tickets for the under 20s World Cup, which today was the 1/4 final between Spain and the Czech Republic. Managed to score three tickets by the pitch...well 12 rows from the action so fairly close up. We also ended up joining the party there which was full of Spanish, Mexican, South Americans and everyone else who wasn't eastern block supporting the Spanish team. The first 90 minutes were quite dull with only a few chances that Spain should have put away but then comes extra time. Two goals this time (one on either side of the half way mark) with Spain pulling back a goal just near the end. Again Spain had their chances to finish the Czechs off but failed to under the pressure so off to penalties it went. THe last time I was at a game that went to penalties was at Wembley Stadium with Manchester City Vs Gillingham in the play off finals 8 years ago. As we all suspected the Czech came through to win the shoot-out and a devastated Spanish crowd were almost in tears.
So anyways away from the match, we left the stadium and headed off towards the LRT home when we spotted a few guys walking onto a football field with a football. So for the next few hours we were playing footy with about 10 people for a few hours. All good fun but if only I had a belt for my shorts. Everytime i jumped up for a header or was running on the pitch they started to fall down but not that far to be flashing but enough for me to look like a prat and start running round with one hand holding up the shirts.
The day still wasn't over for us lads when we got back we had yet again another shower with it being a hot day and then straight out to the pubs along "party street". Couple of hours later we had a crowd around us for being foreign especially being English and Irish.
Next day was more of a relaxed day when I got up late and then just jumped on the LRT into the downtown to look around and I stumbled across the street performers festival down at city hall. Not much performances going on but still a party atmosphere down there.
Apart from that nothing really to say about what else in Edmonton or as someone at Pam's work calls it Deadmonton!
So off to Calgary I go then.