Canada

Sightseeing in Calgary

Yesterday was our last full day in Calgary and we went a bit sightseeing as we hadn't seen much of Calgary so far. First, we went up to the Calgary Tower where you have a nice view over Calgary in all directions. The tower is 191m high and we were able to use two tickets that belong to our Bed & Breakfast, so we saved the 13$ admission.

Later, we visited SAIT, the competitor village to check how their rooms are and how their condition was after the party-night :)

Gold for Web Design and 14 medals for Switzerland

We have the gold medal in Web Design, well done Fabian. Read more about his impressions on his blog (german).

Additional, we do have other 6 gold medals (Offset Printing, Metal Roofing, Stonemasonry, Painting and Decoration, Carpentry and Fashion Technology (best of nation!)), 2 silver (Plastering, Mechanical Engineering Design CAD), bronce (Polymechanics, Electrical Installations, Joinery, IT PC/Network Support and Construction Metal Works) and 16 (2 teams) Medaillons of Excellence!

WorldSkills Day 3 & 4

During the last two days, we could watch how the tasks and projects from the various competitors slowly (and sometimes amazingly fast) came to a finish. It was really interesting but especially today was very exhausting as I wanted to see as much as possible.

It went pretty well for Fabian on the third and fourth day, he had enough time to finish everything. However, it's really hard to compare the different websites as I have seen only bits and pieces of them during the short presentation.

WorldSkills Day 2

The second day was quite long, we were in the Stampede Park from around 10am to 7pm and walked around most of the time. It seems to me that visiting is actually more exhausting than competing, atleast physically and in my trade :)

It is getting more and more interesting, you can now actually see something in most trades even though it is hard to say which competitors are doing better than others.

It started to get windy the first time and it is now quite a bit colder than the weeks before but that is actually quite nice.

WorldSkills Day 1

We walked around the competition site the whole day, there wasn't much to see in most of the trades as they have just begun to work on their stuff but it was still interesting. It seems that most of the swiss competitors had a good start, including my successor.

We are now quite tired and are relaxing a bit in our room before we will look for something to eat.

Calgary and Worldskills Opening Ceremony

Yesterday, we arrived in Calgary where I first had to buy a USB extension cable for my successor, as his keyboard cable was too short :) After that and bringing our stuff into our Bed & Breakfast, we had to return our car.

Calm day in Banff

We stayed for a full day in Banff to rest a bit before we go back to Calgary where we will return our car and the competition starts. We have tickes for the opening ceremony, wohooo! :). Still looking for tickets to the closing cerenomy, though...

Apart from taking the Banff Gondola to the Sulphur mountain, a bit shopping and taking a bath in our hotel, we haven't done much, but it was really nice to relax a bit after these busy days we had so far.

From Revelstoke back to Banff

Yesterday, we drove from Kevelstroke back to Banff, our last stop before Calgary. We went through the Glacier & Yoho National Parks and enjoyed two great waterfalls and another lake. We even had to walk 2.4km to one of these falls (and back, of course).

Vancouver to Revelstoke

I hadn't time to write a blog post yesterday, as we traveled the whole day. We choose a different route back to Merrit, so that we could visit Whistler too. It was a very hot day, whith temperatures up to 36° at some places. For a distance of approx 50 kilometres, a whole valley was full of smoke, probably due to a wildfire near, but we haven't actually seen any fire.

Arriving in Merrit, we had a nice barbecue and a short trip to the local pubs.

Vancouver, Day 2

I had a great day yesterday in Vancouver, we were sightseeing the whole day, Vancouver is really a great city!

We started the day by visiting Grouse Mountain, to get there, we had to take: Bus - Skytrain - Seabus - Bus - Superspeed Skyride (If we were in Switzerland, it would simply be called Grouse Gondola, but in Vancouver, that is not enough! :)). Up there, you have a great view over Vancouver, and there are two grizzly bears, a funny Timerjack Show and a Birds Show, which we both visited.

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