Well I write this from a comfortable chair, in a comfortable house, with a comfortable bed and food in the fridge. It is beautifully sunny outside and I can hear the birds chirping. Yes….we are home. However, it would be remiss not to write a final entry about our last couple of weeks traveling in Canada and finish the blog.
Once we had packed up all our worldly belongings in Calgary and said our goodbyes we headed up to Edmonton (home of the world’s largest shopping mall). This was no easy feat…we now not only had our super-sized packs, but also ski gear to haul to the bus station. I bemoaned the fact that we were now back on tour trudging along with sore shoulders at 7am and got rather grumpy. Kel however, used his brain, found a discarded supermarket trolley and we clattered along to the greyhound station with all our gear piled in that. We of course looked completely ridiculous and probably homeless.
Edmonton brought its own initial challenges. We trudged along from the bus station (quite a long walk requiring repeated rest stops along the way) with all our bags only to find that our hostel was shut down. We ended up staying in the Hostelling International hostel on the other side of town and it was agreed by all that it was my fault because I had been gloating not so long ago about never having to stay in an HI hostel again (a running joke on tour after we stayed in some less than desirable ones). We spent our entire time in Edmonton checking out the mall, which by all accounts was quite excessive. Most of that time was spent in the water park and much of that, going down the water slides. A good time was had by all.
After Edmonton it was off to the Rockies for a few days in Banff and a week or so at Lake Louise. It was awesome. Is that enough to say about the Rockies? I think so. We skied, we snowshoed, we ice skated. An unforgettable part of our trip.
So overall the 2007-2008 Two Kiwis Tour was a great success. After nine months of traveling we are still together (engaged even!), we have some fantastic memories, some very funny stories and some friends for life.
(This is Imelda by the way. Kelly lost interest in the blog, so I took over creative control).