After being laid off from the oilfield I decided to do something out of my comfort zone and spent a week in Ottawa. Being a west coast girl this has been amazing. However, I can’t seem to write about being here because there’s so much to tell and nothing I have written has done the experience justice. As they say in show biz, the show must go on!
Ottawa: the city I fell in love with
Now, I could say that Edmonton was the city I fell in love with but that wouldn’t quite be accurate. Edmonton is like the college roommate that you have great memories with and will always be friends with but really, it doesn’t have much of a place in your life any more. Ottawa however was love at first sight. From wandering the Byward market, Gazing up at the Parliament tower or just hanging out in Little Italy, this city has captured my heart.
I wish things were going better for me here. The job market is competitive (As you can tell by my posts on Jobs.ca) and the housing situation is difficult but I’m sticking it out because whenever I imagine living some place else, I realise I would miss it here too much.Now you’re probably asking me, what is there about the Nation’s Capital that makes me want to stay?
There’s a lot of things about this city that make it magical for me. First and foremost it’s the people. Great dynamic people MAKE a city great and the folks here are just that. Not saying that there aren’t amazing people any place else but I have thoroughly enjoyed the welcoming friendly population. I’ve made some great friends and they have made my time here even more splendid with their generosity and kindness. They also help to introduce me to more amazing people, like the local author that lives across the street from where I’m staying. How cool is that?
Next, the buildings amaze me. My inner history buff adores the architecture and layout of the older sections of the city coupled with the newer parts. A drive down Island Park Drive offers a selection of stunning homes to swoon over, especially all done up in their Christmas splendour.
The weather has been fantastic,… Okay, so I’m writing this as I stare out at the wall of snow falling from above but up until now it really has been exceptionally beautiful. Warm, not a lot of wind and there’s been sunshine!
I don’t think I could go much further in my “why I love Ottawa” post without talking about the Healthy focus of the city and it’s denizens. Every city has it’s pedestrians but Ottawa has them in spades. Walking is a healthy activity and people here truly enjoy their outdoor lives and as such are rewarded with walking paths throughout the city and cyclists are no exception with their bike lanes making it a viable option in this major city. On my first day here, a new friend was giving me a ride along the canal and I was amazed to see people walking, running, cycling, roller blading, kayaking, etc in October. I know a lot of cities offer such amenities but I have never seen them used so much as I have here. Triathlons, marathons, and walks happen year round and it’s hard to find someone that has never taken part in one.
And finally, I have found a restaurant that is lush, elegant, and has a classic style. From it’s marble tiled floor, to the vintage lamps it would be an elegant French restaurant even before you add in the fine dining menu and fabulous waitstaff. Wish to check it out yourself? The Savoy Brasserie is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Supper as well as for cocktail hour. Champagne Sunday was a tradition I had in Edmonton and it looks like I may have to start it again here in Ottawa thanks to the Savoy!