So I sit here writing this on the floor of our mostly empty condo. We’ve spent the weekend doing some final cleaning. Aside from the bags we’re taking to Egypt we’ve got our thermarests with a few blankets and pillows left – that’s it.
The past few days have afforded me the opportunity to finally reflect on my time in Edmonton. It’s hard to believe we’ve been here for more than 6 years. We moved here from Calgary in June of 2007, so I could complete the upgrading required to become a Registered Dietitian. I’d be lying if I said I was happy about the move. I remember very much looking forward to my career change, but I wasn’t at all thrilled about moving away from Calgary and its 1 hr drive to the mountains. As a diehard Calgary Flames fan, I knew I’d also have to suffer regular harassment from Edmonton Oilers fans.
Admittedly, it took a few years, but I’ve really come to enjoy the Edmonton area – despite the regular harassment from Oilers fans. Here are a few things I will definitely miss:
- The city’s tremendous river valley trail system. A great place for running, cycling or just walking.
- The Edmonton International Fringe Festival. In the “festival city”, this was by far my favourite. Last year’s “Reefer Madness” musical was perhaps my best theatre experience ever.
- Cross-country ski trails in Blackfoot & Cooking Lake Provincial Recreation Area. Literally hundreds of kilometres of freshly groomed trails were a great way to spend a winter day.
- My favourite restaurants – Tres Carnales, Battista’s Calzones, El Rancho & the Sugar Bowl.
- “What The Truck” food truck events.
- Watching movies at the century old Princess Theatre on Whyte Avenue.
- St. Albert Farmer’s Market. We tried to get out to this largest outdoor market in Alberta every couple of weeks in the summer/fall.
Now of course the thing I’ll miss most about Edmonton is the people. In the 6 years I’ve been here, I’ve developed some great friendships. I won’t soon forget the students/staff at the University of Alberta, my ultimate Frisbee and floor hockey teammates, our climbing friends and all the others. It’s been a blast and I hope we’ll meet again. And remember, if you’re in Egypt in the next couple of years be sure to look me up!