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Calgary White Hat Award


 Calgary White Hat Award

Last week’s post may have caught you by surprise; Your eyes weren’t fooling you. I was wearing a cowboy hat!

After a successful week at work in the City of Calgary, my host and client wanted to thank my colleague and I for a job well-done with a Calgary Tradition: A White Hat. Out of respect for my client and my personal full-time job, I won’t share the details of what I did to earn the hat, but the tradition in Calgary dates back all the way to 1961. But the popularity of the hat goes back even further.

Sign Spotting: A Funny Coca-Cola Vending Machine

 Sign Spotting: A Funny Coca Cola Vending Machine

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted interesting signs I’ve spotted throughout my travels. While I was at the Calgary Airport in Canada I came across a sign on March 13th taped to a Coca-Cola vending machine.

 Sign Spotting: A Funny Coca Cola Vending Machine

Perhaps the gurus in the marketing department could benefit from an intern to draft a new sales campaign. Or maybe operations could fix the machine? Just a thought…but what do I know about vending machines?

What do you think readers? Would you take the risk and purchase a soda? Yes or No? Comment below.

A Wintery Wonderland at Lake Louise

 A Wintery Wonderland at Lake Louise

I grew up in Massachusetts, but now call Orlando my home. I’ve had my fair share of snow, ice and bitter cold temperatures – that’s what helped convince me to move to Florida. The only time I miss the snow is around Christmas. But come January 2nd, I’m ready for the beach. So, when I learned I was traveling to Canada in the winter I was not looking forward to the runny noses, chapped lips and layers of clothing that come with the cold weather.

What I Discovered Traveling Through Canada

 What I Discovered Traveling Through Canada

Well Adventurers,

My grand tour of Canada is officially over. I’m back home for a few short weeks until I’m off on my next adventure. For today’s post, I thought I would share with you some personal observations, discoveries and learnings from my trip through Canada this past February and March.

  • Canadian Provinces Visited: 6
    • St. John’s, Newfoundland
    • Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • Calgary, Alberta
    • Montreal, Quebec
    • Oakville (Toronto), Ontario
  1. Airline Miles Accumulated on Air Canada: 19,209
  2. Never saw a Canadian Mountie
  3. Don’t think I saw a Maple Leaf either

A 2nd Update from Canada

 A 2nd Update from Canada

I’ve been on the road for 3 weeks now with 2 more to go. Today I’m leaving for Montreal and Toronto. I was only home for 36 hours so it may be a week or so before I can post some of my adventures in Calgary. In the short time I was in Orlando I had to unpack, do laundry, repack and try to relax and recuperate for the week ahead. Such is the life of the traveler.

Like before, this most recent trip was spectacular. Some of my¬†highlights include…

Where to Buy Olympic Red Mittens?

 Where to Buy Olympic Red Mittens?

I’m currently in Vancouver, Canada. Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. It turns out that the hotel I’m staying at is quite far from the city, making a trip to downtown unlikely. Nonetheless, I was able to find an adventure today of Olympic proportions…

When mom heard I was off to Vancouver, she made one request; “buy me a pair of Olympic Red Mittens”.

Now, if you were following the games closely, you may have heard of these Red Mittens, made by The Bay Company of Canada (Hudson’s Bay Company). They were the must-have souvenir of the games. A bargain at only $10.00 a pair, they were featured in print and on television. But it wasn’t until Oprah gave them away to her studio audience did they reach phenomenon status.

Cape Spear – The Easternmost Point on North America

 Cape Spear   The Easternmost Point on North America

Quick, get out a map. Can you find the easternmost point in North America? Go ahead, stop reading and find it.

Back?

Were you able to locate it?

On my trip to St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada I was told that Cape Spear is the easternmost point on the continent of North America. It was about a 20 minute drive from my hotel and I didn’t have a rental car! It would have been a shame to come this far and not make a trip out there. Fortunately, my host graciously offered to drive us to the cape. Watch this YouTube video to see what I found…

Exploring Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland

 Exploring Signal Hill in St. Johns, Newfoundland

“What’s the one place I should see?” is the question I always ask when arriving in a new destination. In many of the trips I take I only have time to see or do one activity. So I want to be sure I see the main attraction. This question is often asked to the person at the rental car counter that assists me, the taxi driver that drives me, the server that waits on me and/ or the front desk person who checks me in to the hotel. I like to ask this question to several people because A) I get a variety of opinions and B) the destination that comes up most often is probably the place to visit.

Where is Jelly Bean Row?

 Where is Jelly Bean Row?

“Where’s Jelly Bean Row,” I asked the lady behind the counter.

She laughed and explained that it’s not a particular place, but anywhere in St. John’s where the houses are multi-colored. Still needing clarification, she expanded…

St. John’s has it’s roots in the fishing industry. As ship captains returned from their trips at sea they would search for their homes, all lined up on the nearby hills. In order to make them each stand out, every house was painted a different, vibrant color. Any neighborhood in St. John’s with these colorful houses has been nicknamed Jelly Bean Row.

Screeched-In at Trapper John’s