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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

More Calgary Impressions

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 03/10/2007 14:05:43

It's my second day in Calgary, and I'm really enjoying it here. The people I'm working with are extremely nice, and I'm sure the 5 minutes it takes to get from the hotel to work is helping too!

A co-worker took me down to Stephen Avenue during our lunch break - and it's a really pretty part of town. It's got a bit of a Bourke Street Mall feel to it (no cars allowed on the street) but looks a little nicer to me.

Stephen Avenue
The start of Stephen Avenue (which is really just a section of 8th Ave)

Stephen Avenue
Bad lighting - but this shows most of the Avenue

I also stopped off at the local sports bar, Flames Central. I had a quick look inside (unfortunately they had a private function so I couldn't sit down for a bevvy), and they had the biggest television I've ever seen. They also had about 400 smaller TV sets tuned into various sporting events. Didn't see any replays of the AFL final though!

Flames Central
Flames Central

To be honest - I think I prefer Calgary to Edmonton (and Banff is about 30 minutes away by car). I would recommend it to anybody that is traveling to Alberta! I fly home tomorrow after work - so I'd better start packing!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Visiting Calgary

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 02/10/2007 10:10:30

Last week my boss told me that there would be a three-day opportunity in Calgary for some development work. Excellent for me, as they pay for my flights and hotel while I see the sites of Calgary (well, some of them, I only have three after-work sessions).

So, off I go to Calgary.

No jet engines for us!

Because the flight was so short (40 minutes), this trip marked the first non-jet flight I had taken. I must admit the twin propeller engines didn't fill me with confidence (especially when they started making loud vibration noises) but did make for a smooth ride.

Hotel room in Calgary
My hotel room in Calgary - pretty standard, really

The hotel they put me up in is average (and on a dodgy corner), but has a nice restaurant downstairs. The actually city itself is very nice, nicer than Edmonton. I would say it is more like Melbourne as well. Edmonton is more a government and oil town, Calgary is a capitalist center.

I wasn't able to do much sight-seeing, and before long it was day 1 at work. The foyer of the building had an awesome pond full of giant mutated fish:

Big goldfish
These fish were about as big as my hand ...

Big black fish
... while these were as long as my arm!

After being impressed by the fish, I went up to the 21st floor of the building to be impressed by the incredible view from the reception desk.

Nice View
This view looks very impressive first thing in the morning

More View
You can just make out two rivers joining, forming an island. Apparently property around here can get expensive!

After my busy day at work, I legged it home (thankfully I got a place about 5 minutes from work!), and caught the following mural on the side of a building.

Big painting
Imagine ... how long that would have taken to paint

So that's it for day 1 in Calgary. Nice city - would love to come up here for a week or so on a holiday.

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