Sunday, April 5, 2009
Calgary and Ice Hockey
For Kelly's birthday, we met up with Sam and Justin in Calgary, Alberta Canada, to watch a game of ice hockey. Kelly's predictions of a great atmoshphere were proved right as we joined 20,000 Calgary Flames fans cheering their boys to a victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Kelly and Justin represented the Alice Springs Fighting Frillnecks with pride. This was a team that played in inline roller skates on the concrete rink behind the Alice Springs Youth Centre. Starting off with just a few guys from the base, it turned into quite a good scratch match most weeks, and a whole lot of fun. Their brighly coloured Aussie jerseys made is easy for me to pick them out of the crowd as they made their way back to our seats in the top of the dome with more beer :)
Calgary was great. They have a cool downtown area where you can walk around in these walkways over the streets, protected from the cold weather. You end up walking all over the city, shopping through malls, looking out on the streets without having to go outside. We checked out the museum which had great information about the First Nation people known as the Blackfeet, as well as fur trappers, mounties and much more. Canada felt like a cross between the US and Australia, with Queen Liz on the money, temperature measured in Celsius, a familiar flavour of multiculturalism and a cheeky sense of humour. Next year we might go and watch a hockey game in Montreal so I can speak French and we can go to see some Cirque du Soleil at home.