Monday, 17 June 2013

Welcome to Calgary

Well we have finally left the country!  After a farewell at the airport with Andrea, we headed into Terminal 3 at Heathrow for our flight.  As we checked in the lady asked us if we minded taking a later flight as the flight we were booked onto was over sold.  We looked, and thought and finally agreed, the compensation was to be about £500, another trip somewhere we thought; but as it turned out we weren't required to 'volunteer' to be delayed.  There was no upgrade either!  The flight took about 9 hours and when we arrived and headed onto the road the first thing that struck me was the space.  Wide open space, except for the huge mall's but a big blue sky.  I'm sure the photo's this trip won't do it justice but we're underway.
Our host for the first couple of nights is 2012 Nuffield Scholar Ryan Bonnett who works for BASF and is based just outside of Calgary in a town called Airdrie.  After settling in, meeting Scott and Helaina and unwinding with a game of 'throw the bean bag in a hole' (which we got thrashed at)
and chatting constantly we headed to the pub; just around the corner for a beer before turning in for the night.  Tomorrow is another day with lots more to discover.

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