A Travellerspoint blog

July 2010

26th - 28th July

Planning

semi-overcast 16 °C

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Well over these days I have been organizing hostel accommodation in Poland and Ireland. I have also had to reschedule two of the two and a half weeks that I had organised in Ireland due to the customs debacle that I had. That done and a new flight purchased I think that every thing is pretty much organised! I have researched what sights I would like to see in the next country that I go to and the best places to eat. I went out shopping once and watched a couple of movies. I'm absolutely loving skype as not all of my family has got it so i have been making phone calls from my PC to phone numbers and one that lasted over an hour to NZ cost only about $3. I went to church on Wednesday night and well, with all the delays in rail transport I ended up arriving about 15 minutes from the end of the service. After one of the shortest services of my life I headed into town and sat by the Thames to devour a nice meal from Maccas. London by night is quite a pretty sight!
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July 24th

Farnborough International Airshow

overcast 21 °C

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Today I got up at 6:50am or there abouts, showered, shaved and headed out the door to meet Alastair. Finlay dropped me off at the train station and i ran to the ticket office. I purchased the ticket and ran up to the platform to just in time to see the train I was meant to catch leave the station. Well, that made me really late! I jumped onto the next train and got talking to another guy who was also heading to the airshow. we hopped off the train (not literally) and found that out connection was running 10 minutes late which would mean that we would miss our next connection. He checked his paperwork and found that there was another train leaving in about 12 minutes which was direct to the station we wanted t go to so we took that one. I arrived and Alastair picked me up and took me back to his place. He had a spare ticket to the Farnborough International Airshow which is absolutely huge. It is a week long show with only the last 2 days of it opened to the public. Last time at he 2008 show I think they sold 88 billion in aircraft at this show. Well there was a long list of aircraft on show including the Euro fighter, FA-18, F16C, F15E, Airbus A380 and Vulcan Bomber. We headed in through what looked like a big queue but when we were in and looked back the queue seemed to have become 3 or 4 times longer! We checked out some of the army choppers and headed straight on to the A380. After a few shot we continued on and learned that it would be opened up to the public later in the day. We continued on as we only had a couple of hours before all the aerial stunts started. We took a few picture of the FA-18, F16C & F15E checked out some of the Pakistani air force.
We found the Vulcan which was the 1950's nuclear bomber. It is one huge aircraft! We headed over to the Spitfires, Lancaster bomber etc. We walked over to the rides and the kids went for a ride in a mini ferris wheel. We all went for a ride down an old 1800's style ride called "helter skelter". We sat down for a bite of lunch old chap and then met up with the Munn family and tried to find a spot to watch the airshow. The only problem was that it was over crowded and there was nowhere to sit. So while George Munn and Alastair were watching the airshow, two of the munn boys, James and I waited in line for a tour around the FA-18, F16 & F15 display.
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The pilots gave us a run down on the aircrafts capabilities, missile capabilities and answered any questions we had. After the tour I walked around and finally found a stand selling cold drinks and bought a couple. We watched the A380 take off and go directly upwards, then turn hard right and bank in a circle all the way around. I cant type here all the spectacular stuff i saw as you would probably be asleep before I have finished! We finished up the afternoon by watching an acrobatic show put on by the red arrows who were flying jets as well. We also watched the humongous Vulcun bomber. We headed back to Alistair and Ruths house for a very enjoyable dinner. I headed home on the train and after switching lines once arrived into Raynes Park at about 10:40pm.

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July 22nd & 23rd

The day I exported my backside to the UK

semi-overcast 22 °C

Well... I am thankfull to say that I slept pretty good last night! I think i got to bed about 1 am after a full day of work and spending the rest of the night packing, cleaning and dropping stuff off. I got up at about 7:30am, said goodbye to my flat mate and continued finalizing my packing. I had most things finished by about 11:30am and headed off for lunch at Letto's (i think), a smorgasboard restuarant, for one last lunch with Wim, Hennie, Jan, Mettie, Henriette, William & Christie.
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After Lunch I finalized a few things like calling Finlay to confirm the ok to stay in London with him, sent off a couple of postcards and few other bits and pieces. Then it was 3:30pm and time for me to head off. I said goodbye to Wim, Jan, Mettie, Henrietteand William, loaded my bags into Hennies Surburban and we hit the road. I snapped off a pictures of lots of stuff along the way figuring that I would probably want them to reminise over some day down the track. We arrived at the calgary airport in plenty of time and I said my goodbyes to Hennie and Christie. I checked in my bags and after chatting one of the check in ladys for a while I headed through customs. I always find it quicker to unload my gear into the trays for customs then putting it all back into my pockets etc. I went through to boarding and purchased some food and a fruit drink. Eventually we boarded and I took my window seat. It was a smooth flight upon which i still didn't manage to get any sleep. We arrived into London at about 11am. I walked through to customs where I was asked many a question and obviously answered one wrong. I waited for about 1 hour for a border patrol person to interogate me. It was a good time to pray! :-) The guy who brought me through for the process was really quite nice! We collected my bags which were lying on the ground next to the carosels and headed to an area to inspect them. After checking through my bags we headed back to another room where i was fingerprinted and photograhed. Then i was put into a detention room for about another hour as the border control guy called Finlay and a few other people on my schedule of travel. Finally he came and took me through to an official interrogation room and asked me a few more questions. Then after a few more minutes in the detention room I was advised that I was ok to enter the UK. PHEW! Many prayers were answered that day! I stuck around in the airport till about 5:30pm as Finaly wouldn't be home until at least 6:30pm and I had 4 bags with me. I jumped onto the train and headed into london. I changed trains and headed out to Wimbeldon station. When I arrived i turned on my UK mobile phone and tried to reach Finlay. The phone couldn't get signal. I waited in line at a dairy and eventually got 5 pound more credit which still didn't work. I found the pay phone that worked and called Finaly. His phone went to message bank. At 8:30pm I called again and he was on his way to pick me up. We dropped my bags off a home and did a shop. We set up the BBQ and Kate arrived from work at about 9:30pm. We had dinner and a few drinks and discussed experiences and I was stoked to get to bed at 11:30pm.

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Chuck Wagon Racing on Canada Day

Canada Day

sunny 24 °C

I just remembered Canada Day! I was given most of this day off. We headed out together for a free pancake breakfast at the local Lacombe Co-op store which is a grocery store. They blocked off a aportion of the carpark and had free pancakes, mini sausages, and drinks. We sat at different tables as there wasn't a full free one to sit at. On each table they had a variety of syrups including maple syrup. I ended up sitting next the local baptist minister and chatted to him for a while. I headed home and researched the trip to England and the surounds for most of the afternoon. At 6pm I headed off to Ponoka for the Ponoka Stampede. The day was filled with bull riding which i had seen before in Australia but from 6:30pm onwards they had what is called chuck wagon racing.
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The object of chuck wagon racing is for the 4 out riders to throw a barrel and two poles into the back of the wagon and then the wagon driven by 2 people and pulled by 4 horses to get around the track first and all the out riders to arrive at the same time. Here is a video showing this...

Here are some random pictures taken recently.
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July 19th

Water World - West Edmonton Mall

overcast 15 °C

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Ever since I had first seen pictures of this indoor water park I knew I had to go! It is the largest indoor water park in the world using up about 20 hectres of land. I had the day off and as the water park didn't open until 10:30am I headed off around 9am to pick up Jacob and Jonothan. I wasn't really in the mood to go anymore as the adrenaline and stress of going was starting to kick in and saying good bye to most of my freinds the night before wasn't the greatest feeling! Anyways, after picking up Jonothan and Jacob we continued on and eventually arrived at West Edmonton Mall. We walked in through the shooting gallerya and watched a few gys firing pistols and then headed straight for the World Water Park. As I didn't have any boardies I stopped by te shop at the entrance and bought a pair of boardies for $62 and got a free pass worth $37.50 to get into the water park. We headed in, hired a locker for $7, changed and went into the water park. I cant remember exactly what we went on first but yes we did go down the red and purple water slides. Your back hardly touches the slide on the red one until you get a bit of the way down and you get airborne off each of the jumps on the purple slide! There was a completely enclosed dark blue slide which gave me a rush and was probably my favorite. I also loved another ride where you hopped onto a board and slid down a very steep decline before skipping over the water to the edge of the pool. We headed off to lunch, I had Swiss Chalet and the boys had super sized Mc Donalds meals! We headed straight back but instead of being able to run up the stairs 2 by 2 I was suddenly struggling to get up them. Time really seemed to fly now and suddenly the time was 3pm and the time that i wanted to leave. We went on two more slides hopped into the spa for a couple of minutes and headed to the change rooms. We stopped off at the pet shop on the way out and checked out the puppies which were mostly over $800, checked out the aquarium fish and reptiles. We got to the car at about 4pm and head back to the pastors place. We made good time and after farewells I headed of to Garret and Joannas for a lovely supper!

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