Yeehaw Calgary!

Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
Trip End Mar 17, 2013

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Saturday, June 23, 2012

We decided to visit Calgary as it was on a list of top 10 places to visit in Canada. We enjoyed our few days there staying with Kristin and Tristan. A wonderful young couple who have traveled in South East Asia together. It seems that everyone has traveled in South East Asia except us. We just like to do things backwards. Start at the expensive end first.
What I didn't know before booking Calgary, was that in only a couple of weeks time, the Calgary Stampede would be on. Not just any Calgary stampede, but the 100 year anniversary event. The Calgary Stampede is a Rodeo, exhibition and festival held every year, it bills itself as 'The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth'.   
 The rodeo is the heart of the Calgary Stampede. It is one of the largest, and the most famous event of its kind in the world. With a prize of $100,000 to the winner of each major discipline and $1,000,000 total on championship day alone, it also offers the richest payout.
I can't tell you how disappointed Marcelo was to miss it. He said, we will just have to go back to catch a future one. 
Calgary goes Stampede mad in July. Everyone turns into a cowboy or cowgirl; shop keepers, lawyers, bankers and even doctors put on their cowboy hat and boos during the event. 

A friend of ours who used to work as a Doctor in Calgary said they had a new recruit move in during July. He had not heard of the stampede, but felt out of place as everyone was dressed as a cowboy at work. (I think he was from the middle east). He went out and invested in a pair of cowboy boots and a hat (which do not come cheaply I might add, with the average pair of boots at about $300 and hat about the same). He dawned this outfit for the next little while and one day, unbeknown to him the stampede was over, no one else was dressed like a cowboy. Only him. Suddenly Calgary had gone back to being a normally dressed city. Everyone at the hospital had a very good laugh at his expense. 

If we ever do get the opportunity to return, we most definitely would love to experience the atmosphere of the Stampede.
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