Last week I had some time off in Calgary so I entertained myself by adventuring around the city. I had an awesome time and so I wrote about it to preserve the memory. Here’s how it went.
I had a lovely day in Calgary! I woke up and went for some complimentary breakfast at the buffet downstairs. Then I lazed on the couch with my patio doors open for a bit looking up used bookstores. I had finished my book and wanted to try to find a replacement. I got ready and then set out on my adventure. I found a book store only about a 30 minute walk from my hotel, but because it was such lovely weather I wandered a little zigzagily (if that’s not a real word I say it should be) and slowly so I could enjoy the view. It took me almost an hour to get there.
For the first part of my walk I was along the river which was half-frozen and peaceful, and half flowing; I saw some ice chunks get carried along which was neat. Next to the river was Fort Calgary which I thought might be a sight to see but it was more of a so so looking building with flags. I suppose I could Google it’s significance but I don’t think I feel the need.
I crossed over the river on a cute little bridge and got to the book store which I spent a good chunk of time in. They didn’t have what I was looking for or anything else that caught my eye but it was a big place and I had fun wandering around and admiring the books. When I was done in there I set off to find a different route back to my hotel.
I crossed over a different bridge back into the downtown core and I came across the downtown branch of the Calgary Public Library. I went in of course and afterwards I crossed the street to the Olympic Plaza because some shiny objects caught my eye. Apparently it was GLOW light festival and so these spinning prism installations were to kick off the festival.
They look really cool in the videos I took. Check out my Instagram @gillianberns to see a video of one spinning. I played around with them for a while taking pictures and videos and I wish I could have seen them lit up at night. I want one in my house I like them so much. The whole plaza was really nice; they also had an outdoor skating rink that was open to the public and some people were skating around in the afternoon sun. I finally tore myself away from them and continued walking along.
I found myself on a pedestrian only street lined with shops and restaurants that was wonderful to look at. I finally came across the mall that some of my crew members had told me about and so I decided to go in and find myself some food. I didn’t realize how hungry I was until I started eating but I was definitely glad I had decided to stop in. After I ate I decided to glance at a map and head back to my hotel by this point I had been out for about 3 hours and was getting tired of walking around.
So I set out again and by the time I got back to my hotel I was sad to have to go back inside; I wanted to keep enjoying the fresh air. So I compromised: I went up to my hotel room and opened my patio doors and took a nap in the sun and fresh air, but also the had comfort of a nice bed.
It really was a fantastic afternoon, and the only way it could have been better is if I had someone here exploring with me. I think I foresee a trip to Calgary coming sometime this summer.