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What I’m Loving About Calgary After One Month

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It’s a month today that I’ve been living in Calgary. And so far there’s much I’m loving about it. But I guess I’m still in the honeymoon phase and granted the temperatures haven’t plummeted yet.

Photos below taken just minutes ago show mostly sun for the next few weeks. That gives my heart a certain lightness. I love being woken by a sunrise blazed with reds. It sets a positive tone to my day.

"Calgary 14 day forecast"

Calgary 14 day forecast

Compare to Vancouver.

"Vancouver 14 day forecast"

Vancouver 14 day forecast

I can walk to almost everywhere. Yesterday it was an 8 minute walk to get my haircut, not a 45 minute drive across town. John commutes to work in 30 minutes.. on foot and has lost five pounds. Local restaurants are only five blocks away.

Even the dog is adapting. There’s nothing like a giant jackrabbit sighting or some coyote pee to sniff to keep her happy.

Views from our place our great – especially if you climb on the roof which I’ve been doing lately. I didn’t think I’d like a city view but the lights dazzle me.

"Night time view from my roof"

Night time view from my roof

Gas is cheap – only $1.07 per liter and I’m loving sales tax at only 5%. (Food though is way more expensive than Vancouver.)

The neighbours have been kind – dropping off welcome gift baskets and personal lists of where to shop, vets – that sort of thing.

And I’ve found a home handyman who shows up when he says he will, is a delight to have around and gets all those pain in the ass jobs done.

Calgary has a youthfulness and energy to it. Fortunately it’s contagious.

Not that it’s all roses – it never is when you leave people behind.

But for now Calgary has been kind to me and for that I am thankful.

Leigh

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  • Erin says:

    Glad to hear you are settling in well Leigh. I’m sure you must miss Vancouver at times but it sounds like there are a lot of advantages to the move and a change is always good.

    • @Erin I’m excited about all the exploring to do, not only close to Calgary but in the Rockies. My first tweetup with other Calgary bloggers is happening in a few weeks too. That’s the next step is developing a new network of friends – all in good time.

  • Erin says:

    Glad to hear you are settling in well Leigh. I’m sure you must miss Vancouver at times but it sounds like there are a lot of advantages to the move and a change is always good.

    • @Erin I’m excited about all the exploring to do, not only close to Calgary but in the Rockies. My first tweetup with other Calgary bloggers is happening in a few weeks too. That’s the next step is developing a new network of friends – all in good time.

  • Laurel says:

    Glad to hear that you’re enjoying Calgary so far. I love how sunny it is there (especially compared to Vancouver) and my favorite getaway spots in Calgary are Nosehill Park, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Weaselhead. All worth exploring if you haven’t done so already.

    • @Laurel You actually forget how wonderful fall is when you live in Vancouver. Don’t get me wrong – I love Vancouver, but every September I’d feel a sense of dread knowing how many months of bad weather & dreary days I had to look forward to. Waking up to sun almost every day is a huge morale booster – even if it is pretty nippy now in the morning.

  • Laurel says:

    Glad to hear that you’re enjoying Calgary so far. I love how sunny it is there (especially compared to Vancouver) and my favorite getaway spots in Calgary are Nosehill Park, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Weaselhead. All worth exploring if you haven’t done so already.

    • @Laurel You actually forget how wonderful fall is when you live in Vancouver. Don’t get me wrong – I love Vancouver, but every September I’d feel a sense of dread knowing how many months of bad weather & dreary days I had to look forward to. Waking up to sun almost every day is a huge morale booster – even if it is pretty nippy now in the morning.

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