20th May

Didn’t sleep enough. I was worried about not having access to money so rang my credit card provider who sorted it out. Quite an achievement as I couldn’t remember any details of my account.

Glen gave me fresh fruit and scrambled eggs and coffee and juice. I went and bought some groceries in Safeway. All the veg seemed bigger. Most things were in huge multi packs. Glen then took me for a little tour in his car. We stopped off at Tim Hortons and he got me an espresso. Then we looked over the Bow river to the downtown skyline. He drove around the area overlooking the river and with a view of the Rockies. He was keen on a huge multi million dollar house that was going up. Some old houses in old clapboard style but a lot of new too. We stopped at an estate sale and looked around at what was a lifetime of someone’s old stuff mostly old tat. I think someone had died, it seemed quite sad. Then Glen took me to the Ramada and I checked in.

I went to the Mountain Equipment Co-op, a wonderful outdoor store. Looked into bear spray and bells. Bells not recommended so decided to ask tour leader.

Eventually met up with the group. Mireille is the leader. Group is Andy, Heather, Natalie, James, Norman, Sally, Joy, Geoff, Steph, Chris, Jo and me. M gave an introduction. I said my intention was to feed myself and not join the kitty. I need to watch the pennies plus want to eat what I want to eat. Off to nice restaurant Murietta as gesture on my part that I’m not completely isolating myself. I had a Calgary blonde beer and a big goats cheese and kale salad. Very good.

Watched Allied movie. Bit rubbish really.

Upside down switches. Naked cars with only rear number plates.

Calgary skyline and Bow River
Lovely Glen
Bow River and Rockies in the distance

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