Banff and jetlag

Trip Start Jan 09, 2004
Trip End Jul 14, 2004

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Monday, January 12, 2004

It's my third day in Canada and I'm getting tired of getting tired. My scheme to avoid jetlag failed miserably, but I'm having a lot of fun between bouts of exhaustion. I woke up at 1pm on Saturday morning but it felt like 6am. Last night I pretty much passed out around 9pm but then woke up around 11 and couldn't get back to sleep for hours. I thought about ringing Ian given it was about 6pm there but didn't want to wake my housemates, and plus I talked to him the day before. I realised I had virtually eaten nothing on Sunday so I got up and had some cereal, so then I didn't want breakfast this morning. I'll have to try the get up and sit in sunlight thing. But it's cold sitting in the snow.

After worrying that noone would be there to pick me up from the airport, then waiting an age for my luggage I was greeted by three people! A housemate and his friend and someone from the university. After their compete lack of organisation unti this point UofC managed to haul someone to the airport to pick me up at 8pm on a Friday night! So I felt pretty bad that they didn't have anything to do but hey, if the university has a communciation void that's their problem.

My place is wicked! It's a big house with six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two kitchens. My room has plenty of storage, a bed, and even a TV which I don't really need! I was considering renting a computer too since we have broadband but the uni access is good so I'll save my money. The housemates that I've met are all nice, although I haven't spoken to Karen much (nobody seems to - she's always busy) and Andrea doesn't get back from holidays until next week. Amazingly I seem to have landed in the only vegetarian house in Calgary, home of the stampede. At least our floor and therefore kitchen is. Some people eat a little meat but our joint meals are pretty much flesh free which is great.

When I finally woke up on Saturday I went with Frank (whose room I stole. He's moving to Laos) to visit his friend Julian, an English guy who works in a cool alternative little coffee shop. Then on Saturday night I went out with most of the house, and a couple other international students including Julian to an Irish pub, so I didn't get that much of a taste of Canada but had a good time.

Sunday was scheduled to be the unpack and sort day, but I was woken when someone knocked on my door and said 'A bunch of us are going up to Banff hot springs - do you want to come?' Those who mocked me for taking bathers and thongs ('flip flops' - have to get used to saying that or people will get the wrong idea) to Canada would have missed out! So of course the cleaning idea got thrown out of the picture.

I had hoped to get the chance to head up to Banff for a few weekends, but I didn't expect to be so lucky on my first weekend. And they're having a party at Canmore next Saturday night so I'll be there next weekend too... and the weekend after the international centre is taking us up there so I'm doing pretty well!

It was amazing, the Rockies live up to their name - there's some pretty scary jagged peaks, but it really is breathtaking. And it is literally breathtaking sitting in a 40 degree hot spring when the air temperature is zero if you're lucky. So my second day was spent in a hot spa surrounded by snowy mountain summits. I could get used to this.

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