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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 6th 2016

Day 5 started out at 48 degrees and overcast and looked rainy. We hit the road early as this is the day we must get to Calgary and get Bob's new tire put on. Left at 7 AM and put on my rain gear. Surprisingly enough we dodged the storms all day, or the storms dodged us so that we did not ride in any rain at all. 46 miles to the border and no problems at all with customs. I did get a speeding ticket at Claresholm. Left town with all the other traffic going the same speed but all were over the limit and I got singled out. On to Calgary was on Hwy 2 and nice ride. Traffic was not too bad. Arrived at the dealership for the tire at 12:30 and they ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary June 12th 2016

On Thursday the drive from Regina into Alberta would probably have been bored had I not picked up 2 hitchhikers, Jade and Oliver from Montreal of all places! Actually every traveller I have encountered was from Montreal heading to BC for the summer, I guess it is just a thing we do. Everyone called me crazy for doing that but here is my reasoning, a) they were a very young looking couple, 18, one of which was a girl (I would rather pick up two people than one because what are the chances that two people are murderous sociopaths); b) they had large backpacks with tents and sleeping bags so they clearly aren’t going to steal my stuff because they can’t run very far; and c) I obviously asked them what their travel plans were and ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary April 4th 2016

I can't believe that we are 4 days from our trip. I have gotten my suitcase out of the garage but beyond that I have not started packing yet. It is supposed to be quite rainy in Paris in April so I will have to dig out my rain gear!... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary April 3rd 2016

As I sit at the Vancouver airport with a annoying cold and three bags full to the brim with chocolate, souvenirs and memories, I now get a small chance to reflect on the last week of my special journey. From a last minute surprise trip to the Flames versus Rangers games in awesome seats to having to say goodbye to the wonderful people I have met, the students I have educated and the colleagues and friends that I feel I’ve only just started to get to know. Its not healthy to hold in emotions, but I feel the body is about to burst with the flowing river of tears as I question whether I really want to leave. The great part of this last week is I got to say farewell to the city I have ... read more
My last moments in Calgary Air
New Zealand airport, nearly home
Home sweet home

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary February 16th 2016

Early flight to Calgary so we had spent the night in a hotel near the airport. When I looked out the window just before dawn, a light snow was falling with the forecast calling for it to change to freezing rain.I guess I was the next in line for a more thorough security check as I had to remove my belt and shoes and be subjected to a frisking. From now on, I will remove my belt and shoes before being asked. Tough toenails if my pants fall to the floor. At least I didn't have to go into the glass booth to be penetrated by some sort of rays to see if I had swallowed a bomb. After boarding the plane, it was a game of hurry up and wait. We sat on the tarmac ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary January 15th 2016

Nose Hill Park. This is the place I spend fair amount of time. I watch the deer grazing in the summer time, with their gorgeous colours and innocent eyes. They never come close to me and I never gained their friendship. They run deep into the woods when I walk close to them. The tree leaves hug me when I walk through them; they ask me “where have you been yesterday?”. I gently touch them with my fingers; “Did you miss me”, I ask them. “Yes, don’t do that to us, we feel sad”, the leaves tell me in soft voice. I tell them fairy tales and they love it. The sun goes down and the sky turns into crimson red. “I’ll come tomorrow again”, I smile and climb down the hill. The autumns are romantic…it’s ... read more
In search of solitude
A canopy under the sky
'From here to eternity',

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary December 25th 2015

As I sit at the Vancouver airport with a annoying cold and three bags full to the brim with chocolate, souvenirs and memories, I now get a small chance to reflect on the last week of my special journey. From a last minute surprise trip to the Flames versus Rangers games in awesome seats to having to say goodbye to the wonderful people I have met, the students I have educated and the colleagues and friends that I feel I’ve only just started to get to know. Its not healthy to hold in emotions, but I feel the body is about to burst with the flowing river of tears as I question whether I really want to leave. The great part of this last week is I got to say farewell to the city I have ... read more
Final flames game and catch up with Scotty
Face Off
Olympic plaza in winter

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary December 12th 2015

I woke up this morning and realise I am only a week away from leaving this awesome adventure. It feels like yesterday since I arrived, but forever since I have seen my family and friends on home soil in Australia. While many of the experiences I have had while have been here have been joyous, adventurous, risk-taking and character building, the final months and a bit have been some of the hardest I have faced. It dawned on me about mid November that my journey was approaching the finish line, but I never new that the last few weeks would be like a bolter in a horse race sprinting to the finish line. Before you even have a moment to think or blink, those days have suddenly disappeared. In that time I have faced a few ... read more
Goodbye to my 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix
Royal Tyrrell Museum
'Black Betty' The remains of  T-Rex

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary November 16th 2015

HALLOWEEN Halloween is not something that is usually embraced, celebrated, or one of the major cultural experiences you find back in Australia. The only knock on the door I have had back at Christies in the last five years was from my neighbours little fella from down the road just last year. I felt extremely bad because I had nothing, not even a health bar, to give him. I nearly gave him a book just to ease my guilt. Yeah we have the television shows come on, maybe the music played on the radio but not many people would dress up and get into the spirit of it. I was looking forward to the experience of celebrating it in a place where Halloween is one of the major events of the year, particularly in some Canadian's ... read more
Wearing the Frankenstein Costume at School
Frankenstein on yard duty
My friend Kym and I at the Halloween Party

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary October 29th 2015

I'm heading out tomorrow! So excited that departure day has finally arrived. I've got a rather lengthy... read more




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