So I move in…22 days. That is ridiculous. And although having a month free from work sounds easy, I have a lot going on. Some of my favourite and most beautiful friends are coming to town on the 10th, plus it’s Stampede, and then we go to Vancouver on the 17th and then I’m back in Calgary on the 23rd, only to leave forever on the 27th. So that’s a lot. With that said, I have spent my first few days of unemployment bumming around the house, migrating between the couch and my bed, because I feel I’ve earned it.
But it’s slowly starting to hit me that I’m leaving this city – and that is sad. Calgary took me in and gave me a safe place to hide out while I dealt with all of my Vancouver problems. That sounds dramatic, but it’s not – Calgary was truly a safe zone and being here gave me the time and space to get things done. It’s been a blessing.
There’s a lot I’m going to miss about this place.
- People always hold doors for you here. Like, always. Sometimes they do it too early and you’re way back there so you hurry and then you both apologize.
- The sky is bigger. Without a doubt, it’s bigger and bluer.
- Somehow Alberta feels more Canadian than Vancouver, in general.
- All the delicious food-type places like Surahi, Blink, and Farm. All those cool one-word-name places. Very trendy.
- Being only a short drive away from Edmonton, which means the mall, my brother, and shopping with Vickie.
- Seeing the sun more than once a month. Winters are cold, sure, but it’s easier to bare when the sky is blue and everything’s beautiful.
- On the flip side, the epic thunderstorms and wind and snow are pretty cool. When I’m not driving.
- Boys are almost definitely cuter here. They drive pick up trucks and wear cowboy hats and are generally sweeter.
- Country music everywhere. Ranchman’s is my second home.
- Crave Cupcakes. The yummiest.
- The mechanics at Bert & Jack’s, on 17th Ave in Calgary. Go there. They’re incredible.
- Seeing the Rocky Mountains from my balcony on sunny days.
- Day trips to Sylvan Lake.
- Hanging out at all of my favourite sports bars, drinking too much and inventing shots to correspond with our favourite athletes.
- The Calgary Stampede. It’s a combination of everything I love – country music, beer, boys in cowboy hats, deep fried stuff, cute animals, general disarray…I love it. I count down every year, and that third week of July when it wraps up and all of the rides go off down the Deerfoot, I get incredibly sad. But! It is two days away and I CAN’T WAIT. Best part of being an Albertan, hands down. Such a fun celebration of everything they love here.