The International Language of Cowboy

Trip Start Jan 03, 1976
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

We arrived in Calgary in the afternoon and the first place we headed was not so touristy, it was H&M! European budget line clothing store that I have been deprived of since leaving London. I spent an hour in there and left overloaded with bags. It was great fun!

After the all important shop off we stopped off for a quick pint in a nice bar in the main part of town, and then headed off all ready for the stampede.  Im not really sure what I had expected from the Calgary Stampede - lots of cowboys and crazy country and western things did spring to mind, but thats not what I got!

The Calgary Stampede advertises itself as "the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", if you look up the word 'hyperbole' in the dictionary Im sure you will find an explanation that reads "Canadians". You may think Im tending towards it myself, but according to the Canadians I live in "the most beautiful place on earth" - not just general pride talk as most of us tend to do about our homelands, but this is an official slogan, stamped on car plates and all advertisements for British Columbia.  Beautiful - definately, but the MOST beautiful? I dont think my vote is in yet.

The Stampede was basically just a lot of rides and sideshows. We did manage to see some Chuck wagon races, not as exciting as that may sound and lots of horses. We dont think we saw a single genuine cowboy, however met many other travellers! One lad was trying to impress and told us he came from "very far away" - the answer to that was Australia! I was overwhelmed as you can imagine!

We spent a day and a half at the Stampede and did manage to have lots of fun, no doubt more to do with the beer gardens than anything else! Tracey will be very dissapointed to know that although the Stampede is very like a smaller Sydney Royal Easter Show they didnt really have showbags and only sold about 5 different ones so I didnt pick one up.

We managed to get ourselves into a pub/concert tent on Wednesday night called "Nashville North", had to line up a bit to get in but I convinced myself I could deal with Country and Western music to get into the spirit. The band that we saw ended up being a Queen coverband! It was after several hours in this tent that we decided we could speak Cowboy and told everyone "yeehaw", somehow I dont think anyone else was as amused as us - though we do have a lot of photos of us and random smiling strangers.

Carmis final comment on the Stampede? "I Love Beer". well said young lady, well said.
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