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Arriving in Canada…

We had a very long (&very tight) flight schedule to Canada… Our itinerary:

Johannesburg (depart 21h20) to Amsterdam (arrive 11h30) – 11h15 flight

2hour stop over

Amsterdam (depart 13h30) to Calgary (arrive 14h30) – 8h flight

3hour stop over

Calgary (depart 17h30) to Edmonton (arrive 18h30) – 1 hour flight

On our way to the airport we got a call from KLM airways, our flight was delayed with two hours… ;( oh my word the implications of this – – – They had to reroute our flight because we would not make the flight from Amsterdam to Calgary… 😦 & because UK and USA required transit visas (even if you would not leave the airport), we could not fly via one of those countries…

Our itinerary ended up like this:

Johannesburg (depart 01h40) to Amsterdam (arrive 12h30) – 11h15 flight

0.5hour stop over

Amsterdam (depart 13h00) to Vancouver (arrive 15h30) – 9h30 flight

3hour stop over

Vancouver (depart 18h15) to Edmonton (arrive 19h30) – 1h15 hour flight

These two guys looked totally shocked by how tired we were!!! – – – @Vancouver Airport Lounge!!! – – – (mind the pun 😉 )

 Oh my… we were REALLY tired when we landed in Edmonton!!! Luckily, the people were there to pick us up and take us to the Hotel!!! 🙂 I was mesmerised by all the lights of the place (I’m a lights nut – I just love it!!!) 😉 … Edmonton seemed much bigger than I imagined!!! 🙂 We had a good rest… and woke up the next day with – – – SNOW!!!! – – – 😀

Edmonton skyline – View from our room – and a thin spread of snow… EVERYWHERE!!!!

Our other view…. Whyte avenue!!!

I was super excited… 😀 I’ve only ever seen snow that have melted at the foot of a mountain – Nothing like this!!! 🙂 It was beautiful!!! We spent the day lazing about town, enjoying the unfamiliarity (for me) of the snow…

Everyone drives HUGE trucks!!! He-who-thinks-he’s-boss was in his element with these toys!!!

“Unspoilt” snow in front of a little church!!!

The snow quickly melted as the day grew older…

We went to sleep very early the next day – I think about 16h30… Jet lag really is not a very nice thing… More to come – so stay tuned!!! 😉 **

Photo&Film Expo 2011

It was a let down (although I did learn quite a few tricks for photoshop!!). I took my camera along in the hope of there being lots to photograph – – – but nevertheless!! The lenses weren’t really cheaper than when you buy it in the shops (which was what I was after!), but as I say, it wasn’t a complete let-down!

It was held in the Coca-Cola dome in Johannesburg! For those of you who don’t know what it looks like… It is a HUGE dome… a self-supported dome!! Most people don’t/won’t realize how awesome this structure really is (but from an engineering view-point… AWESOME!! 😀 )… So I am always excited to get to see this structure… it never gets old!

These are panorama compiled from the same photographs – – – I let it stitch two different ways (the difference should be obvious)… Each one conveying the enormity of a different aspect!!

I was not planning on doing anything with these photos (else I would have taken enough to complete the roof structure!)! I took it out of complete boredom… & not to waste carrying my camera along with me for the day!! 😉

Structure makes it worth it!! 😀 **