May 09, 2009
May 23, 2009
After I left the Legislature I decided to go to the Muttart Conservatory. I found out it was closed but I wanted to take some photos of the buildings that were pyramids. So off I trekked in the direction of the pyramids. I had to walk up a pretty steep hill or road to get near to the pyramids and at the top of the road I bumped into a large tower like building. Situated at the corner of the highest point in Downtown Edmonton I went in interested in seeing some rooms for their views. I met David, a new bellmen for the hotel which turned out to be a Crowne Plaza. David had started only three days before but he spoke four languages. A perfect guy for a bellman position having been one in the past during my university years. I went up to the Front Desk and asked to see some rooms with views. Instead of dealing with the Front Desk staff they sent down James Jackson, director of catering and I assume sales. He was a super nice guy who explained to me that I couldn't see any of the rooms because they were all booked but he could take me to see their revolving restaurant up top that looked over the whole city. We went up the staff elevator and I got a private tour of the restaurant. If that wasn't special enough the views from the window were incredible. From all sides you could see Edmonton sprawled out before you. I took a lot of different photos of different landscapes. James was also an interesting resource because he had worked at the Chateau Lacombe, Crowne Plaza for the last 32 years and could point out the buildings in the landscape that had been there before the Crowne Plaza and the ones who rose around it. After the Crowne Plaza, I went to the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. I went there partly out of curiosity as it was where the Albertan Lt. Governor had stayed after being driven out of his government house and partly because the Fairmounts in every city are usually the oldest and most historic. I have to say after looking around I preferred the Crowne Plaza. Then I just kept walking making a point of taking photos of the skies about which after a rainy morning were bright and filled with bubbly clouds. Then I ran into Edmonton Tourism. I walked in all arrogant and cocky and told the lady working at the desk, " I'm your best friend." She looked at me funny and then proceeded to give me all the information on places to see in Edmonton. I checked it out and I had seen everything in the small brochure expect the Fort Edmonton Park, a historical town. I decided to endeavor to take a bus there so I sat and waited for fifteen minutes for no bus to appear. The waiting reminded me of why I had walked every Canadian city and would continue to do so. I then headed in the general direction I thought the Fort would be, only to find myself in front of a very interesting looking city hall and a very uniquely designed Art Gallery. Tired and with feet swollen and sore, a shoe with a hole in one of them I limped home along 109th street. I sat down and wrote a blog and then me and Ju Kyoung called a couple of places for her to look at. We went over to the house and the landlord was very nice as were the potential housemates but Ju didn't like the fact that she would have to pay only $400 dollars a month. But we didn't go straight home. We went to a Korean restaurant she knew about. It was very jarring at the restaurant. It felt like I was back in Korea. The server only spoke Korean, the food was authentic Korean and Ju paid for and ordered our meal. After dinner we went back to the hostel only for me to realize I had to get up at 6 am tomorrow, lucky me. I will update next when I get to my brother's house in Vancouver!