A leisurely day in Edmonton

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

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

So this morning I kept it easy. I stayed in the commons area in the morning and emailed and talked to friends. I also sorted out where I was going to go in the afternoon. I left the hostel, making sure I knew the address this time and headed to Panago Pizza, a place my hostel friend Wade said served $8 dollar pizzas. Sure enough when I got there I got a pepperoni pie for $8 dollars. I ate half of the medium at the store then took the rest of the pizza back to the hostel where I stored it university housing style in a plastic bag with my name on it in tape. I would eat it for dinner and live on the cheap after my expensive day of eating. After the $36 dollar breakfast and lunch yesterday I ate a wrap for $7 dollars on my long walk home. So after storing my pizza I went out determined to take in the beautiful day. I went to the end of Whyte Ave where the university of Alberta is located. From there I took the tram, which reminds me of the O Train in Ottawa to the university recreation centre. After staring at this building which was blindly all yellow I headed behind it to High Valley Park. After a beautiful hike down into the valley underneath the same bridge I had walked over the day before I somehow found myself on the other side of the valley, walking past a high school class who had just come back from a canoe trip along the North Saskatchewan River which runs through the centre of Edmonton. I hiked up the other side all the way to the Royal Alberta Museum. But before I got there I did stop off at Carol's Sweets. It is a really unique store run by Carol which features candy of every kind from all over the world. The candy is even stored in the old glass containers candy shops had a long time ago. I was determined to see inside the museum after arriving too late the day before to see in. It cost me $10 dollars to go in. Believe it or not after walking through the parks and the valleys and walking the distance to get to the museum it was already 3:30 pm. The museum was modern and the exhibits were ok till I got to the aboriginal exhibit. It was so blunt about the current situation of the Canadian aboriginal people it took me by surprise. It talked about the drug and alcohol abuse along with the lack of education in the community. To think about it the Wild Alberta exhibit also talked about how it is difficult to balance the environment with the economy in Alberta. Welcome to Conservative country! After the Royal Alberta Museum I went over to 124 street as it was supposed to be a little beautiful street with a lot of different shops. I was disappointed when I got there. There was nothing minus a very unique Molson brewery. Then to the Legislative buildings on the other side of town. I took many different photos of the outside of the buildings and the grounds but tomorrow I will go inside and get a insider tour. After checking out the legislative buildings I saw the Muttary Conservatory, a couple of pyramids in the distance and crossed over High end bridge back to the hostel. My other blog, hostel characters takes over from this point.
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