Saturday, May 31, 2008

Martini May

Finally....summer! Weather slightly comparable to the warmth of Singapore, a lower probability of a sudden winter snowfall, and an excuse to dress up and go out. Stephanie and I decided to celebrate the start of summer with a random Monday Martini night...not the best idea in Edmonton!

Fluid lounge was empty, Stir looked especially creepy in it's lonesome corner of downtown, the Bank and and almost every other bar in the Central area was closed...which took us back to our Whyte Ave haven. Now, on a Monday night we were in for quite the surprise. Avoiding the usual crowd at Hudson's, we headed to Club Malibu (which had a few too many bad rappers), Julio's (for which we were too late for food), and Boston which we were seven minutes (yes, 7 minutes) too late for closing! This misadventure lead us to apple martinis at Garneau Pub, a weird place with too many slot machines a few blocks from my apartment. Three hours, a box of Pizza 73, and tons of girl talk later...we decided that two hours of sleep was about the minimum for a weeknight.

It's crazy how much I miss those random weekday nights out in university!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Banff--The Mountains in May

A weekend visit from our cousin, who works in California, prompted an impromptu trip to the mountains in May, to become a tourist in Banff for the first time in years. Banff, Lake Louise, and the Columbia Icefields are surprisingly cold and rainy compared to Edmonton's fair weather this year. The mountain fresh air was a nice change though!

After Rishi, Rakhi and I took Shalinder to the infamous West Edmonton Mall on Friday night, we all caught the movie "What Happens in Vegas" (a little TOO predictable for those of you planning to see it) and compared Edmonton's icecream vendors to the Californian version of Marble Slab.

Saturday morning, we left bright and early to the mountains, rode on the glacier, drove around the scenic routes and visited the collection of Fairmont hotels. Too bad the rainy weather prevented a gondola ride!

Lake Louise: Scenic Mountain shots in the rain

Below: Columbia Icefields, On the Glacier: Shalinder's second snowball fight ever.