wrapping up week one

It's been one week since we arrived in Calgary, and we're on our way to becoming fully fledged Canadian settlers. Not only are we now armed with Canadian phone numbers but we also found ourselves a place to live. The last few days have been hectic to say the least but as we're heading off on our city hopping holiday for the next week, we thought we'd wrap up what we've been up to before we jump on a plane tomorrow morning.

It's been a week of firsts for us, both in terms of our travel adventure but also our relationship. Since being here we celebrated three years since we met and had a date night out at the University of Calgary (romantic or what?) to mark the occasion. We had tickets to the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour which had its first showing in Calgary, given its proximity to the town of Banff. This is a festival we've attended for the last two years back in the UK, and it was great to keep the tradition going, albeit on another continent!

We had our first apartment viewings (not including the search for university digs back in the day) and also signed the lease for our first apartment together! After a week of searching across the city for a place to call our own, we found the one. There were plenty of lovely apartments that took our fancy in many of the high rises scattered throughout Downtown, but it was a quaint block on a quiet street in the Beltline area of Calgary that we can now call home. A recently renovated one bedroom, it's a close walk to the grocery store, train station and the busy goings on of 17th Avenue.

Plus the view from the street was too spectacular to pass up, showcasing the Calgary Tower and right opposite a dog park - priorities much? This is the first time either of us have moved in with a partner so now that we're roommates for the next year, only time will tell if we really like each other that much.........

On Saturday afternoon, after a long day of apartment hunting, Shiv invited us down to the Cold Garden Brewery in Inglewood. This is one of many brewpubs across Calgary, where the craft beer is brewed on site. Possibly the coolest beer hall I've ever been to, the drinks were pretty good and we ordered a 'Flight' which is a taster of four beers for only $6, a real bargain. This is also a dog friendly place, so we were truly in our element. Again.....priorities.

We also got to experience our first ever Calgary Flames ice hockey game at a local bar. Their home game isn't until next month but it was a great excuse to warm up our hockey knowledge. Shiv's boyfriend Nick was happy to explain the game in its basic terms, but it's clear we have much room for improvement. The bar was kitted out in Flames colours with most people wearing the red jerseys to show support; I think we'll have to invest in some team spirit before our next game! We went down to Hudsons where the poutine was delicious and the 24oz beers were a definite draw. This was our first time having poutine in Canada, but definitely not our last.

There's still so much of Calgary we haven't yet seen, but we can't wait to experience the rest. Tomorrow we head to the States for a city hopping tour of Seattle and Portland before stopping off in Vancouver on the way back home.

Stay tuned for our next post - 24 hours in Seattle!