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Saturday 22nd August 2015: Watford to Calgary by Fraser Roche
I got up early feeling excited and worried. I was all packed and ready to go the night before but you always worry that you’ve forgotten something. In any case off I went with Andy to Heathrow. With no real idea where to meet the others, or who they even were, we hung around waiting for a flash of purple. Eventually we saw a group of purple-clad holiday-makers and headed towards them. After a few meet and greets (including the appearance of Lexi in her pyjamas) we all funnelled through check in and security and eventually off into the bowels of the airport.
After a quick cup of tea with 2 new friends we had made in check-in (Harry and Becki) we hurried to the gate and onto the plane for 9 hours next to random people. As Batman was on the movie options I was happy!!
We landed in Calgary Airport around lunch time (local time) and shuffled excitedly onto the coach taking us to what turned out to be a swanky hotel (the last bit of luxury before the challenges ahead). After checking in to the hotel our newly formed group of 5 (Lexi, Becki, Harry, Andy and I) explored the city. We stumbled on a street full of people doing yoga- a whole street!!!!! A few horse-based selfies later we were back in the hotel for dinner and a team talk.
The travelling tuckered me out so we went off to bed early, though I decided on a last minute dip in the hotel pool and sauna- note to self: don’t go into a sauna with contact lenses!!!!! After that mistake I decided to scamper to the safety of my room and comfy bed…it was an 8 hour coach journey the next day so sleep was necessary.
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