07.12.2007 -17 °C
The Two Kiwis have...
1. Taken the walking bus to do the grocery shopping at -17
2. Gone for a run at -16
3. Gone skating outdoors at -19
4. Run all the way home because it was so cold
You get the picture....its getting pretty cold now for us warm blooded kiwis. However, after a brief period of acclimatisation (I actually cried one day when I got home because my hands were so cold and I was wearing completely inappropriate gloves), we are handling the cold pretty well and now have a completely warped view of what is warm…. anything above 0 seems practically tropical.
The climate leads everyone to be absolutely obsessed with the weather and I must admit I now check the thermometer outside our window when I first get up in the morning, enter into long discussions with my fellow workmates about the weather patterns and have managed to dedicate half my blog entry to it!
We have managed to check out a few winter sports over the last few weeks. We wandered down to the World Cup Long Track Speedskating at the Oval which was good fun to watch…they are phenomenal athletes. We also checked out the Luge World Cup and Bobsleigh at Olympic Park….this one blew me away, they are so fast in real life you can barely turn your head fast enough to watch them go by.
We have headed down to Olympic Park a few times now (the skifield just on the outskirts of town) to hone our skills before we head to the mountains in January. Some people’s skills need a little more honing than others, I won’t name names. I have also discovered outdoor skating at the Olympic Plaza, its free and 5 minutes from my work…my dream come true!
Given that you can't go to Calgary without seeing Rodeo and we unfortunately missed the Calgary Stampede, we spent one Saturday night with Kel's workmate Karen watching the National Bullriding Champs at the Saddledome. It is a great spectator sport and given that to qualify through they had to stay on the bull for 8 seconds....they are pretty tough.
Kel has now morphed into a Calgary Flames fan, complete with hockey jersey and his own set of coaching instructions that he yells at the team when he thinks appropriate. We were lucky enough to get some free tickets from his workmate this week which was great fun. In fact the tickets were so good that we couldn’t even see the nosebleed seats (our usual seats of choice) from where we were sitting.
Our time in Calgary seems to be nearing its end rather quickly. We are hoping to continue making the most of the winter fun here until the end of the year and then head to Edmonton (worlds largest shopping mall), the Rockies (arguably some of worlds best skiing) and LA or our three weeks of travel on the way home.