The journey back today. First of all a flight from San Diego to Chicago – a four-hour flight that I had to be ridiculously early at the airport for to comply with US security. Given the time difference there was only a short window to get the connecting flight to the UK. Thankfully this woman was there to meet us off the flight to get us to the next one. What a palaver, changing terminals (a long walk plus train ride), then security then checking the barding card and then boarding. I am not sure I would have made it without her help, so thank you.
Finished the inspection late afternoon and having found out that the school was near the largest mall in San Diego, after dropping off my stuff at the hotel I walked back (yes walked, American friends) and lo and behold one of the first shops i came across was the apple store – oh well time for a new ipod then. Maybe should start a new page dedicated to all the apple shops I find on my travels…..
A very early morning start (up at 4am to get to the airport) and two flights later and a very good bowl of chilli for breakfast in San Franisco airport, I have gone from minus temperatures to summer – San Diego is only 28 degree today. I looked a bit daft arriving in my winter coat! A short limo ride later and am in another hotel – but this one has palm trees.
As part of my school visit, I was invited to go with the students to the evening hockey game. It is Calgary’s young team – the potential NHLers of tomorrow so they say. The home side has a bit of work to fulfil that dream – the Calgary Hitmen well and truly got their butts kicked, with only two goals in the final 30 secs making the score sound anywhere near respectable. They lost 8-4 to Saskatoon.
It was a only a few days ago when I was talking about line dancing – now with my latest hat I feel I really might have to give it a go. Arrived in Calgary last night and was told almost immediately that I was in cowboy country. This was reaffirmed when I started the inspection of the school there today, especially when the students were gathered together to welcome me to the school and presented me with this hat – white being the colour for friendship apparently . I hope it goes in my suitcase, can’t wait to wear it in Oxford.