The flights and travel to Calgary were uneventful….which is the way I like my travel. Nice and boring!
Once I got through the airport my buddy was there to pick me up. Seeing a friendly face in a foreign country was very nice. I fully expect to get that “alone and on my own” feel at some point in my travels but this was not the case for this trip.
My friend (who wishes to remain anonymous for this blog) drove me around the town to see all the main sites. I’ll get into more detail in my followup posts (due to time restraints) but I’ll just say the Calgary is a beautiful city and people are very friendly.
Ok, so I got in Friday and today is Monday so here’s a quick list of all the things I’ve done since Friday.
Friday – General Tour of the City
Friday Night – A little bit of downtown fun
Saturday – Went to the Calgary Tower
Saturday Night – Flames Hockey Game – This was fantastic and was such a great time. The Flames won (who hoo!) in overtime. Very exciting, Canadians are very passionate about their hockey.
Sunday – We went to Banff National Park. It was incredible!
Sunday Night – Exhausted from the National Park excursion
So that’s been the basic agenda so far.
Interesting observations so far:
So a lot of you might be interested in the major differences between America and Canada. Even tho they are pretty similar, I have noticed some significant differences.
1) Tim Horton’s is very popular coffee place. It’s basically the Starbucks of Canada
2) Hockey is very popular…mainstream
3) It’s cold but not too bad (so far) its not like everyone stays indoors all winter. But its not Palm Springs either
4) Digital Content restrictions. I was quiet surprised about how limited the digital content is in Canada. They don’t have access to sites like Pandora or Hulu. Plus their Netflix is severely limited. My buddy showed me a website on how he gets around these restrictions (a how to get american netflix in canada guide) but I was shocked and knew nothing about any of this.
Well, that’s all i really have for today. It’s a quick post but it has been so much fun. I have a busy rest of the trip planned so I will try to get one more quick update in before heading home.
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