As you can see, we are all having a great time. Today we didn’t have time to do much more than go up Sulphur Mountain as I was working until after 1pm but we still really enjoyed the day!
Downtown I have a love-hate thing with. I am never particularly enamoured with the “grittier” aspects of cities. Tramps, hobos, winos, druggies, drunks, beggars .. I can live without them. I feel for the people, especially in these sub zero temperatures, but they make me nervous and uncomfortable. I can be nervous and uncomfortable without much provocation so I would rather not be while on holiday. Calgary is up there with my favourite downtowns though. I would much more happily walk around Calgary center than I would, say, Manchester in England. And there is much good in Calgary too.
The C Train is brilliant. Seems to run pretty much regularly, is free within the blocks I am interested in and is quick. We picked up a bunch of official winter olympics merchandise. We always like to buy one or two pieces of tat with the name of the place we visited on. This was pretty nice ski clothing tat. Lovely.
After our shopping trip it was the scenic drive to Banff where we will be for the next few days. If you have never seen the rockies then you are missing out bigstyle. Pictures do not do it justice so you will just have to put up with these below and trust me, Banff is out of this world.
This is my second time writing this, bloody dodgy connection. I shouldn’t really complain, I am stealing the connection from some unsuspecting hotel guest. Chris’ top tip: the wifi point with the name “default” is usually a good bet as unsecured.
The hotel has got a funky power socket based network but the kit they gave me wouldn’t work so I went hunting for wifi. This guys wifi has a low signal but it ought to be sufficient, we travel to Banff today so no point in messing around too much. Hope the hotel in Banff has better internet access, I still have work to do this week!
So yeah, We landed safely in Cowtown, everyone can stop worrying! Sheesh, you would have thought we
were going to Antartica the way people were talking. It was -13c when we arrived and by time we had picked up hire car, got freshened up, etc it was -16c as we were driving down Mcloud Trail to Chinook center. Even Amy said it wasn’t too cold. See they don’t have the damp we have at home so even though temperatures are way lower it doesn’t feel that way.
Amy is hoping to Ice Skate With Santa at lake louise later, should be fun if we manage it.
Until next time!
My new digital camera and photography blog is up, please take a look. It’s called DSLRBlog.com and is a multiblog. This basically means me and a bunch of friends will blog on photography topics. We are all wannabe photographers so will be focussing on digital photography using SLR cameras and various lenses etc (hence “DSLR”).
Let me know what you think, expect to see a lot from Damian and I as we are off to Canada in mere hours!
Just been reading about Darrens bumper Amazon Associates Christmas. Ah that is a familiar experience this time of year, looking at affiliate accounts and seeing all time high figures. Christmas truly is the season for spending wads of cash!
Problem is, a couple of months ago all my sites got taken out. My web host was a friend who let me use one of his dedicated servers on loan. All of a sudden without warning BAM! No server. No sites. No backup. No affiliate income. No adsense money. No backlinks. No source code. Hence this blog being started over again.
They were crap sites mostly anyway, not spammy particularly but not what I would call well-nurtured or top quality.
So 2006 will see me starting from scratch. I have a blog that I need to work on that will hopefully launch to coincide with our return from Calgary. Now I blog about professional blogging I have to show I can walk the walk so the pressure is on.
Just as we are about to jet off to sunny Calgary we start feeling the effects of the bug that has been making the rounds. We already had a couple of doses of this bugger, it must be mutating or there are several bugs. Either way I hope our trip will not be affected. When we were in Manitoba we had to sample the “delights” of the healthcare system out in the nowheresville sticks. Not our idea of fun at the best of times, and not our ideal way of experiencing quaint country charm. I hope we don’t have a repeat performance.
With this in mind how much of a coincidence that Calgary Sun has a feature on the topic?
This tool is really taking shape, I look forward to everyone getting to use it.
You may have noticed I have been tweaking my template. I am reasonably pleased with it despite my meager design skillz.
One addition I am trying out is the little form in the top right (which is confusingly next to the search form, hmmm). This allows you to sign up and subscribe to my blog via email. I realised that the majority of my readers will be friends and family or flickr contacts who will not necessarily be using feed reading software and can certainly not be expected to visit the blog every day, thus having this email subscription form makes it easy to keep in contact.
I am also trying out feedblitz, I am not sure which is the better option. The wordpress plugin is free but feedblitz offers more control (no point in using the free feedblitz option as it is not as good as the free WP plugin).