28.12.2005 15 °C
Apologies all for lack of updates, hard to balance doin stuff and writing about doing stuff, Internet is expensive, ya de ya da etc etc. Anyways catch up time.....
After a fabulous Christmas inc. Grandma Moore (90 years old - the woman is unstoppable!!) I was ready to head off. My impeccable planning skills shone through with a mad scamble to pack the luxury and little of the necessity. Headed off to Heathrow courtesy of Mich luxury chaufeur services (i.e. my sister) and my last ride in Bets (sob sob). Transatalantic transportation courtesy of Air Canada, which I now hear is refferred to by the natives as Scare Canada for good reason, delapidated planes and equally in-efficient baggage services (yes they lost my bag). An uneventful flight all in all with a medley of processed food + equally diluted entertainment, tho' flying over the Pennines, Scotish highlands, the Hebrides (they have palm tress you know) and skimming the cost of Greenland was mighty impressive.
A brief stop in Toronto after an interesting converse with immigration (humour not advised especially about entanglements with the Law), I was accepted as a temp resident of Canada and released into the city of Edmonton. Edmonton is lovingly referred to by the locals as Deadmonton for good reason - heavily dependent on Oil for industry, and a slightly unnerving obsession with Ice Hockey(The Edmonton Oilers is the local team), little to do here except spend $'s in the West Edmonton Mall, (ex)largest in the world.
The people are amazingly friendly here, from bus drivers willing to go thye extra mile with overly detailed directions, and cab drivers willing to give a free ride to my accomodation (eh?) You hear the phrases 'you're welcome' and 'not a problem' used often - I've heard these uttered before mainly by Americans and it sounded false and totally conditional - here it feels totally genuine and even as far as people going out of their way to be helpful. Slightly unnerving at first but you get used to it and things work much better because of it, much better than the dog eat dog of London. I love it!
Peace from Edmonton!