5th July. Calgary.
The day started well. Sarah got an email saying our bags had been delivered & I got an email from NS&I 😁
Last night we arrived in rain so I opened the blinds to see what sort of day it was and saw this fella…
On the way to the hostel I saw squirrels as well. Amazing wildlife for a city centre.
We retrieved our bags, showered and went for breakfast. The hotel breakfast was a help yourself buffet of coffee, juices, bread, waffles, boiled eggs, yoghurt & fruit. This was served in the communal kitchen which had chairs & tables. We ate with youths – we’re definitely the oldest swingers in town here !
Today we wanted to see Calgary. Given the size of it we were only ever going to see a small part so we picked on the Downtown area which seemed to have interesting stuff. I’m trying a wordpress gallery below – tell me if it works !
We then went for some lunch at the River Cafe on Princes Island Park. We just wanted a drink & a quick snack so we ordered a coffee, a beer and a mixed meats and cheeses board to share between us.
We got a shock when the bill arrived 😭😭😭 Seems the River Cafe is 28th out of over 3000 Calgary restaurants on TripAdvisor !
It was nice but we won’t be going back
We walked further down the river & saw some eScooters. Sazz downloaded an app & 5 minutes later we were off…
I was sceptical, but I have to say these are a great laugh & a brilliant way to get around. They’re especially good on smooth dedicated cycle paths. I think we did about 5 miles & cost us £10 each.
Decided to go back to our room & have a cheeky snooze before the evenings festivities. On the way back we nearly got pepper sprayed by druggies who were fighting in the street. Never a dull moment in Calgary !
So drug addicts, and by drugs I mean opiate based not just blow. There’s loads in Calgary & they’re everywhere. They’re totally fucked – it’s so sad but makes good people watching.
Anyway we rested. I watched the Tour highlights and we were out again by 7:30. We were both hungry as we’d only eaten a starter between us for lunch !
We ate cowboy style tapas & drank beer at a local bar. Calgary is lit up well at night…
Anyway time for bed…