Inbound To Calgary

Woke up this morning to another beautiful day in Vancouver.  Birds singing, squirrels playing in the trees and the sun shining through the window – ideal.

I  departed for Calgary today – to reunite with my Princess after 4 weeks (way too long).  I had itchy feet and trying to “rustle” up Gary to get out of bed and drive me to the airport was no mean feat.  He was not too appreciative of me waking him up at 0630 after we got to bed at 0200.  Ah, the joys of philosophy and red wine!

Cory reluctantly surfaced and he drove Leah and I to the airport.  Leah was able to catch the train into the city directly from the airport – nice new train system courtesy of the winter Olympics.  After saying our goodbyes Leah and I left Cory and his foggy head and went in our own direction inside the terminal.

Even though the flight across to Calgary was rather full I managed to get a standby seat and before I knew it I was kicking back on one of Air Canada’s A319′s (nice to be back on an Airbus again) winging my way across the Rockies to my Princess.

The flight was smooth and the arrival into Calgary was on time.  The Princess and Jill (mum) were waiting for me in the arrivals area and, after some long hugs and “just being” with my Princess (and a nice hello kiss and cuddle with mum) we headed off to collect my bag at the carousel.

15 minutes later and The Princess was driving us back into the city and off to The Cheescake Cafe restaurant on Macleod Trail.  We sat outside in the warm afternoon sun and enjoyed a lovely meal and “catch up” conversation.  Of course this was interspersed with a lot of hand holding and  “too long between hugs” hugs.  Nice to be back in the arms of my Princess.

About two months ago we listed our condo for sale here in Calgary and it sold about 3 weeks ago.  The Princess has been very busy with the post sale admin’ and today we had to formally sign documents with our lawyer.  So, after lunch, we took a very short drive (across the road) the lawyer’s office and sorted out the paperwork with him – a nice guy recommended to us by our similarly nice real estate agent. Let us know if you need a great real estate agent and/or property lawyer in Calgary.

The Princess had pre-booked us into the Travelodge on Macleod Trail so, after the lawyer visit, we headed for the hotel and checked in.  The hotel is nothing to get excited about (location or ambience) however, it is located close to mum and the area we needed to be in so we couldn’t complain.  The room is comfortable and, at least on first appearances, it seems to be quiet – we guess time will tell.

We spent the remainder of the afternoon getting ourselves sorted out for my week long visit to Calgary and taking a nap.  I am convinced that I will be into the timezone before I leave Calgary (actually not feeling too bad considering that I was in Australia a couple of days ago).

The day finished up with a lovely supper at Ricky’s with mum.  Having travelled to North America quite a few times were a motivated to NOT get onto the “eat three huge meals a day” deal however, it is the first night “back in town” so on top of lunch at The Cheescake we opted to share a lighter meal with mum.

Despite the fact that the sun doesn’t seem to want to go down at this time of the year in Calgary, we inserted our ear plugs and put our heads on the pillow around 2300.  The curtains darkened up the room nicely and the ear plugs blocked out some of the street noise so it wasn’t long before we drifted off to sleep.

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