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First Day in Canada


rain 15 °C
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This morning we woke refreshed and excited for our first day at the Calgary Stampede. We walked down to a bus stop, and caught the bus into the city then walked to the Stampede. The Stampede was filled with Cowboys (even the odd Asian were trying to be cowboys), there we so many side stands, and even some crazy giant show rides just like you see at the show. The Rodeo was really good, with fireworks, guys tackling young steers and little kids being dragged around by ponies, there was plenty of entertainment. It was raining lightly in the beginning and then it became really heavy later on, so plenty of people sliding around after slipping off a bucking bronco, which made it all a little more entertaining (except for a poor horse that slipped over and ended up tangled up in a fence. Gulp).
Anika bought a really nice cowgirl hat and I bought nothing, except for a beer that I tipped $15 for. Why? I have no idea; perhaps I was feeling generous towards the 12 year old girl that served it to me.
At night, we attended the free “Three Days Grace” concert, held at the Stampede grounds. I was so excited (except for the rain) to see them, as I am a huge fan. Anika on the other hand, didn’t know any of their songs and doesn’t like their genre of music. At one point in the concert the singer must have jumped into the crowd, because I ended up being about within touching distance of him. I was so happy, and I think perhaps Anika has a little more appreciation for Three Days Grace. After the concert we walked into town to a nice country bar and shared a few Bison Burgers and I had a couple of Budweiser and Anika had some Jameson and Coke. We had a quick dance to “Save a horse, ride a cowboy” and went home to bed.

Posted by AnikaCorey 10:08 Archived in Canada

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