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Exploring Edmonton…

By Monday we have almost totally recovered from jet lag… (finally 😉 )… & the plan was for Deborah & Debra to show us around town: where’s cool – where’s not; what’s fun – what’s not; what’s in downtown – what’s not; the enormity of West Edmonton mall; a drive by a couple of PCL’s projects and just general having a good time!!!

I found it interesting that ALL electricity boxes were beautifully painted!!!

The Mind Bender – world’s largest indoor triple loop roller coaster!!! – out of order –

Visiting my favourite-stest-stest-stest store in the whole wide world!!! 🙂

Edmonton skyline – what a change from the snowy view!!!

Probably ons of the flattest landscapes that I have seen – ever!!!

The hotel offered wine-tasting every weekday – BONUS!!!

We had some random explorations of the area close to the hotel!!!

So colourful I couldn’t resist taking a photo!!!

Visited the Old Strathcona farmers market!!

Signage

Canada flag…

On Tuesday HWTHB (He-who-thinks-he’s-boss) was kept busy with site visits and THE big interview… Stressful day for both of us…. Fortunately I could keep myself busy – unfortunately I had no transport… but oh well… I got to eat my yummy sushi and explore all the super funky shops on Whyte avenue!!! That kept me busy for quite a few hours!!! The day was soon over… 🙂

Highly recommended – ‘Tokyo Noodle Shop’

Yumyum!!!

At the end of Tuesday, HWTHB was made a very nice offer by PCL Construction company…. He had until the Friday to think about it and sign… and so my emotional roller coasters starts…!!! Hint: He didn’t sign the documents on Tuesday!!! 😀 **

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!!! 😉 **

A small Canadian teaser…

Good evening everyone!!! 😀

It has been 2 weeks since we left for Edmonton, Canada…

It has been 5 days since we’ve been back in South Africa…

It has been 1 day since we have fully recovered from jet lag…

I have fully caught up on 175 emails (mostly blog posts)…

I am almost done with editing the photos from our trip…

So I decided to share two with you for a little teaser!!! 😉 **

On our first day we had snow – most I’ve seen in real life!!!

We saw a rainbow in the sky on our way to a surprise (for you) location!!!

We have a long weekend here in South Africa!!! No work tomorrow, or Monday, or Tuesday…!!! Yay for us!!! 😉 So, although it is not official across the world – I bid thee a wonderful weekend!!! 🙂 **

Perm is Cool Again!!!

Ok, so I’m not entirely sure about the above statement…. But I’m certainly loving mine!!! 🙂 I’ve been wanting to perm my hair for years!!! Now I can’t think why I haven’t gotten one sooner!!! It is awesome!!!

The reason why I want one is not because I have some sort of obsession with curly hair… It’s not that I did not like my straight hair… it’s quite simple… I have hair that – – – no matter how much trouble I put into it – – – falls flat onto my head after about 20 minutes!! 😦 It is also sooooo long that it takes ages to “do” something with it…. Most of the days I just end up with a ponytail!!! A perm has always sounded like an easy (& pretty) alternative!!!

I was pretty nervous about doing it – – – did not want to sit with a bunch of 70/80’s curls on my head…. yikes!!! 🙂

– – – BEFORE – – – I simply loosened my ponytail, so this is not an example of “lots-of-trouble-fallen-flat” hair!!!
– – – AFTER – – – My new, no-fuss hairstyle!!!

What do you think about my new (VERY old) look?? Yay / nay?? 🙂 **

My dog Duke… & his little blue pool!!!

Yesterday I caught one of Duke’s cutest acts on camera!!! Our everyday routine is to go and have a walk in the park just down the street from our home!! – – – & I do mean EVERYDAY… if we don’t do it, my little dogs will not stop barking!!! So, everyday – – –

When we are done with our roundabouts in the park, we head back home (so that I too can relax for just a moment!!)… even before I am able to enter back through the gate, Duke will have climbed into the little blue pool (originally bought to wash them in!!)…

When we open the tap he’ll splash around like a little kid who got to much sugar!!! 😀 If we throw a ball into the water, he’ll dunk his own head under water & splash around like a monkey who got all the bananas he can dream of!!! 🙂 If he’s hot… he will just lie in that little bath for ages!!! 😀 It’s SUPER adorable!!! – – – For some or other reason, my black dog does not share this interest!!! weird … – – –

Duke in his little blue pool!!!

Gotta love these dogs!!! 😀

On another note: Tomorrow = Friday = Happy dance = Happiness!!! 😀 **