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May 14, 2017 - Washrooms = Bathrooms

- May 14, 2017 - Happy Mother's Day, Granny and Mama! I miss y'all very much! May 14: Banana Pancakes from Local (The Banana Pancakes are topped with bananas, but the batter also contains banana slices. SO light and SO yummy! For dinner, we ate at The Unicorn Pub, where again I ate Mac 'n Cheese (again!). And then we finished off with a lonnnggg walk from 10 Ave. SW to 10 Ave. SE to grab some ice cream from Village Ice Cream, and my choice was Melted Chocolate, and again, so yum! Some language differences that I have picked up on:...

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May 14, 2017 - Let's get ice cream when it is 45 degrees outside!

First off, Happy Mother's Day to my WonderWoman of a mom! I am sending all my love from Canada, so hopefully it travels far to get to you! My day began at around 9:15 with waking up and getting ready for more exploration of Calgary and the Telus SPARK Center. The café of choice was DeVille's Café which included a Nutella latte that I just had to try. Spoiler: it was AMAZING! The foam heart and "Waterfalls" by TLC playing in the background were added bonuses. After leaving the café, the small group I was with and I decided to walk around...

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METP Canada 2017!!!

May 14, 2017 - Day 02 || Spark

Apparently most cafes and restaurants are closed entirely or until noon on Sunday, so we had a bit of an adventure finding breakfast this morning. Haley, Ty, Caitlin, and I originally tried to go to the café across the street from last night's pizza place, but it was closed too! I had tried to check the hours beforehand on Google Maps, but they didn't have their schedule posted, so I was afraid of that. No worries! I knew there was a café on the other side of our hotel that was definitely open--Deville Café--so we went there, and it was...

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"America but cold"

May 14, 2017 - Day 1

I must say that my first study abroad trip began on a rather low note. Yes, the food was excellent, the hotel service extraordinary, and the people more friendly than those in the ever hospitable South. I woke up to quite a problem, at least for me. My contacts were ruined. As someone who is nearly blind without some sort of seeing aid, this proved to be quite a problem. Shampoo had some how leaked into my contact case, without my notice. So when I went to put my contacts in, I was greeted to shriveled up contacts. Completely useless....

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May 14, 2017 - Sunday May 14

In our first full day in the city of Calgary, a few of us decided to get a cheap brunch at McDonalds. I immediately noticed the more British spelling of the word "centre," which, in the US, is spelled "center." In the restaurant itself, one of my friends made conversation with a local. Something that struck me as odd (and somewhat funny) was that this man assumed that we had all been too LA, considering we were from the US. Of course none of us had, but the man continued to talk about how he wanted to go to LA. This isn't to say he wasn't...

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May 14, 2017 - First Full Day

The first day in Calgary was a definite culture shock. Everywhere I looked, there were signs in both English and French, which I expected, given that the two national languages of Canada are French and English. What I did not expect was to see Vietnamese restaurants with the name in English and Vietnamese. I heard once that while America is a melting pot, Canada is more of a collage, where each culture expresses itself. This statement has proven itself to be true to me in my first twenty - four hours here. I love America, and there are few...

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Canada Study Abroad

May 14, 2017 - Calgary Day Two

Today, we were lucky enough to visit the TELUS Spark Center, which is an interactive science museum. In the museum we learned about some of the informal education opportunities that the center provides. Upstairs, the center was equipped with classrooms that are provided to students that wanted to attend week long intensive programs. I thought this was a really good idea, and it helps students excel because their experiences are more hands on than they can be in the classroom. Also upstairs, the center had different interactive stations for...

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May 13, 2017 - Calgary Day One

While on the bus headed to the airport in Memphis, I was very nervous because today was the first time that I had ever flown. The overall experience of flying was a very good one, and the only parts that I didn't really like were the take offs and the landings. I believe that both of these just take some getting used to, and eventually, I will not be bothered by those either. Flying was a very enjoyable experience, and I hope I get to travel and fly many more times in my life. Upon exiting the plane, I could tell that many things about...

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May 13, 2017 - Turbulence and Touchdown

May 13, 2017 This post was written after our arrival in Calgary on May 14. I must admit, Saturday was an anxiety-filled day for me. I was unsure what to pack, I had never flown internationally, and I did not sleep at all before we departed from Starkville at 3 A.M. All our travels went smoothly, though, and despite my drowsiness, I noticed a lot of interesting things on our trip to Calgary. Once we arrived in Denver, just the sheer size of the airport was shocking to me. There were more shopping and dining options in one airport than...

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May 6, 2017 - Fort Macleod to Calgary

Not much to write about today & no photos. The drive to Calgary was on a 4-lane divided highway through farming country but always with the Rockies visible to the west. My GPS decided to quit just as I turned off the highway into a mess of roadworks but after several detours where the turn I wanted to make was closed, I finally found the Best Buy store & couldn’t replace it quick enough. I’ve now got a 6” Garmin which is a bit smaller than the 7” Magellan but I hope it actually works. The Best Buy store was in the same shopping centre as...

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Canada 2017

Mar 17, 2017 - You are now cleared for take-off!

Well, this crazy pants journey has begun! Our tickets were booked and paid for in July 2016, right in the middle of Stampede to be precise. Since then there has been a constant trickle of planning, which has slowly grown to a torrential river. Today we begin to reap the rewards of that planning. Much to the boys disgust, they still had to go to school. Their schools get out near mid-day and the plane doesn't leave until 1600h anyway, so it's not much of a difference to them. Oh yeah, get used to the 24 hour clock. We speak and use it in...

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Walkabout_2017

Dec 28, 2016 - Overnight in Calgary

The Marriott Courtyard is farther from the airport than we thought but it is a nice hotel. Spent the morning reorganizing our luggage to make sure that neither of us would be overweight. As we now have a place for a year we are planning on leaving some of our luggage in Panama. I figure about 10 or 15 pounds will get left there. We used to buy small tools and some kitchen utensils such as decent knifes every time we went and we would leave them there. Last year we bought a decent set of knifes and other kitchen utensils so we brought them...

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Panama 2016-2017

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