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[travel] Calgary notes, hotel ramblings - Nathan
August 12th, 2007
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[travel] Calgary notes, hotel ramblings
When I mapped the location of my hotel here in Calgary, I looked at the grid and figured it looked nicely city-like. It would seem that I missed a couple of levels of zoom, though. Good thing I opted to rent a car. I did manage to see hay bales and a nice long train within a mile of the airport, though.

The hotel is kind of... concrete and hulking. There was a car in the parking lot with what looked like just-married ribbons on it; the idea that someone is either getting married here or honeymooning here is kind of depressing. Also, while it makes perfect sense for a parking garage to have height-limit barriers, it makes less sense for the top deck (at ground level) to also have them, seeing as there are no other things to bump into. Perhaps it's a weight limit/truck deterrent by proxy?

For no apparent reason, I'm on the "Club Floor". As a result, I have a fully-stocked minibar. Still a rip-off, and the beer includes scary Canadian brands I've never heard of (Kokanee Glacier Beer?). Also, wouldn't it make more sense to have the mounted bottle-opener somewhere near the minibar and its bottles (inside the console, maybe), rather than in the bathroom? There must be some traditional reason to have it there; I've seen it in other hotels and I didn't think it made sense there, either.

Charging separately for wired and wireless internet access - both of which are available in the room - feels like a scam, especially since they give you a password to re-login to their system.

As I drove through the strip mall/auto mile between the highway and the hotel, I was starting to despair of the possibility for food that was at all different from home. Burger King? Chilis? Come on, how about some local tacky chains, at least? However, at the last minute I spotted "The Cattle Baron - Alberta Steakhouse", which seems like it will do nicely for a sort of local color.

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From:zkzkz
Date:August 13th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
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I kind of liked the ribs at the place in the airport. But I suppose it wasn't really anything all that special.
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From:maren
Date:August 13th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Canada

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Somewhere in Alberta, I hear tell, there is some kind of horrifying Canadian heritage museum made fully of animatronic/stuffed beavers in diorama-like settings. I'm sorry I can't remember where, although I have a feeling that it is somewhere delightfully close to nowhere, so probably not helpful for a trip to Calgary.

P.S.- did Cana ever tell you that when she was in undergrad, she was so obsessed with Canada/Canadian food stuffs that she was sometimes refered to in writing as Cana(da)? True story. There was a sign on her door and everything.
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Date:August 13th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Canada

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Somewhere in Alberta, I hear tell, there is some kind of horrifying Canadian heritage museum made fully of animatronic/stuffed beavers in diorama-like settings. I'm sorry I can't remember where, although I have a feeling that it is somewhere delightfully close to nowhere, so probably not helpful for a trip to Calgary.

P.S.- did Cana ever tell you that when she was in undergrad, she was so obsessed with Canada/Canadian food stuffs that she was sometimes refered to in writing as Cana(da)? True story. There was a sign on her door and everything.
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