First rule of backpacking – You’re 100% going to forget something…
After weeks of planning, packing and loads of double checking to make sure that I have all that I need, I was absolutely convinced that I had everything before we left for Canada. I downloaded numerous backpackers guides, checked out loads of blogs and forums for advice from other people, and even wrote my own personal list to make sure that I had everything accounted for. We’re now three weeks into our trip and I was doing well until this morning, when I first noticed that something was missing. Not just something insignificant either – I forgot to bring a rain coat!
There’s no way I am going to sit here annoyed at myself, these things happen, but it did mean that we had to take a trip to the mall this morning to buy one in case of rubbish weather (which unfortunately, we’re expecting over the next few days when we’re visiting Banff). Sears, the local department store, happened to have a sale on, and with budget in mind I managed to find myself a lightweight waterproof for under $50. Bargain.
A completely separate concern that we had before leaving the UK was money. Not that we don’t have enough, because we have saved for years for this, but because there are so many different types of cash/currency cards available that we just didn’t know where to start. After weeks of weighing up positives and negatives of different options, we both decided to go for the Caxton FX card. We cant change our pin numbers which is a bit inconvenient but not a big deal, and today I made my first cash withdrawal at a drive-thru ATM. Yeah, an ATM, that’s drive-thru. We don’t have them back at home, so I was in awe for a bit, before noticing somebody behind me and hurrying outta there.
This evening we took a short walk to Hooligans Hot Dogs for supper. It’s a privately owned place not far from here which reminded me of something you’d see on Man vs Food. The hot dogs were absolutely out of this world, served with chips and gravy, and very reasonably priced too! They had a promotion called Weiner Wednesday that we didn’t know about until we got there which was like a bonus, because it meant that one of our orders was half price, what a result.
I’m heading for another early night now because I’ll be walking up at 6AM tomorrow to watch England v Wales before we set off for Golden, which is half way to Banff, where we’re spending the night. I’m not sure whether or not we’ll have wi-fi where we are staying, so although I’ll be writing regardless, there may not be any content uploaded until we have internet connection again. Try not to miss me too much!