A quick morning

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 23, 2009

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Edmonton International Hostel

Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I got off the train, said goodbye to Beth and started out on my own again. I had slept through the whole night with a couple of brief interruptions. Quickly to diverge from the topic, a piece of advice I have found on my trip. Even if you want to travel by yourself across Canada there will be times when you will travel with someone else. It is inevitable so just accept it. I have to say it is weird to be one of the unshaven guys with the hiker bags and to be comfortable in pants that haven't been washed in about five days now.
Back to the day's events
So out of the train I went and boy it was freezing. It was so cold the snow had stayed on the ground and was starting to fall again as I debated whether to walk downtown or take a cab. I vied for the cab realizing I was still tired from the night before and also realizing that the cabbie probably knew where the hostel was. Also once again like in Sudbury and Saskatoon the station was not located downtown so I gave in. It cost me $22 dollars but Lloyd did take me right to the HI Edmonton so I wasn't too concerned about the cost. Lloyd was quite amusing either way. His vocabulary had "eh" in every second word and he recommended some places to see. His most fervent recommendation was the University of Alberta's medical centre. "They transport everything over there," he said. Then he proceeded to tell me all the patients he had had in his cab who had received care and were a 100% better. In the end I decided to stay at the hostel because I needed to experience a Canadian hostel before the end of my trip. I arrived at the hostel at 7 am. I got a spot almost immediately and the guy working behind the desk told me where I could use wireless and how to get to my room. Each night at the hostel will only cost me $29 dollars. I went into the commons lounge and wrote out everything I wanted to see that day. Then I put my bags in secure storage and headed out into what was now rain to catch a bus for $2.50. The bus took me right to the West Edmonton Mall. The idea was I was going to wait out the storm in the biggest mall in Canada. On the bus trip over I kept falling asleep. I guess I just didn't get the amount of sleep I needed. Right after arriving at the mall I went looking for food. I went to what was called Bourbon Street to Albert's family restaurant for an ok omelette, hash browns and apple juice for $11.01. I plan to look around the whole of the mall. Wish me luck!!
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