. Woke up to glorious weather – just the right temperature and sunny. Decided to laze around the site for a while. Later in the day we went into Calgary city centre. It was very quite, clearly a business district which is probably humming during the week. We found a lovely vegetarian restaurant, but it had closed 1\2 hour before we got there for a few days of maintenance. So opted for a Mexican instead. Then, because it was raining heavily by this stage, we went to the cinema and saw 'Get him to the Greek', with Russell Brand as a come back rock star. It was very funny and a good way to spend the wet evening.
Monday 5. Once again we had lovely weather in the morning, but turning cold and wet in the afternoon. Spent the morning around the site, and went into one of the shopping areas of Calgary to get a sim card for the phone, as AT&T (despite reassurances from Their agents), does not work in Canada! So we are now with Fido and a new number. Also have put some credit on Skype, so we can make calls from the computer – cool! All V important at the moment as Kevin has got lots of interest with regards to potential employment in the UK.
Went for a walk up to the Calgary Olympics 1988 site which is right next door to where we are staying and saw the Luge flumes up close, then went for a swim in the 'just off chilly' pool at the campsite.
Deviation: Just heard an ad on the radio encouraging people not to throw rubbish and the strap line is ‘don’t be a tosser’!!! I guess the other meaning is not widely used or understood here!
Saturday 3. Today we left the USA and crossed the boarder into Canada. The boarder control officer asked Kevin where he lived. Having not prepared for this question, and having not fixed abode at the moment caused some considerable hesitation in responding. So, suspicions aroused he proceeded to ask a series of quick fire questions, but we must have passed the test and he let us in after we promised to leave by the 15th July!! Before leaving however. in the morning we planned to walk to Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park. It was cold and intermittently wet, so once we got to the barrier sign that warned of deep snow fields ahead, we decided to call it a day and head back. Nevertheless the scenery was fantastic with turquoise lakes, pine forests, lots of wild flowers and waterfalls.