“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter,”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
When the entire country is under lockdown, it’s not hard to find out the truth about Ottawa. When I told people that I was going to move to Ottawa for a couple of years, everyone responded with almost the same reaction, “Why would you move from Montreal to Ottawa? There’s literally nothing there. It’s really boring there” “There’s no nightlife. Life is over after 5PM!” or “You can’t find a part-time job!” Right, restaurants are non-existent here. After almost a year living here, I have to say with utmost certainty that the capital of Canada is anything but mundane. Yes, it’s a small city, but definitely not the most boring city in the country.
There are so many great things about this place. It’s not just a government city. Yes, we have Parliament. Yes, we have the Supreme Court of Canada. And yes, Justin Trudeau holds his daily coronavirus briefing from Rideau cottage in Ottawa. And yes, many people here work for the government. But Ottawa offers you a lot more than just those things. To be honest, it’s so much fun living here. If you love life, people & nature, you will fall in love with this city.
Get a bike, take a tour around the city & you will see.
A glimpse of life before the first stage of the reopening plan was taken during my bike trip. The purpose of this project is to capture life moments of this beautiful city during these challenging times. I will try my best to continue this project until life resumes back to normal. This hopefully will become our memories one day. Oh and don’t worry, since my roommate just came back to Mexico to be with his family a couple of days ago, I biked alone. I wore a mask and gloves. And yes, I respected social distancing.