There’s No Place Like Home… There’s No Place Like Home!

It’s safe to say, I had not a clue what I was getting into when we moved here. I thought it would be different. Well, it’s definitely different alright. Not in a good way. I won’t go bashing this City Of Squirrels too much though. Or at the very least, I will try. Due to my recent discombobulation, it may prove to be challenging. To say, “I miss my home in Calgary, would be a gross understatement.

Apparently, I live in the “City Of Roses”. Ummm, where the hell are all the roses?! I have yet to see them. Maybe the squirrels ate them? They eat almost anything! And I really do mean ANYTHING! For instance, before we moved in, someone left a nice little gift in the oven. I have no idea who, but there was a pizza box in the oven, with rotting pizza. The squirrels were quite happy though, and had a party with it! 

Despite how annoying these little buggers are, I quite like them. I just don’t like the mess they make. More about the squirrels later.

I will say one thing for City of Squirrels though. My son is very fortunate to have an AWESOME doctor. She is really the best pediatrician ever! I have never met a doctor like her before in my life. Not even close. She genuinely cares about her little patients and their parents. She takes her time and addresses any concerns. Despite her busy schedule which is exhausting, I’m sure, she is always happy and cheerful. I couldn’t ask for a better doctor for my son.

Cons of City Of Squirrels.

  1. Despite being a smaller city, people are not very friendly here. Indifferent and moody is more like it. There is the odd friendly person, but few and far between. It’s not a friendly place.
  2. People drive like idiotic maniacs here, which drives up the car insurance rates. Sky high! I’m paying 1. 1/5 X what I was paying back home. 
  3. There is little enforcement here. It might as well be the “Wild West”, but out west, people are far more civilized. 
  4. All-Way Stop. Not Four-way stop, but All-Way. Wt….?? I never heard of this in my life, until I moved here. Not like people adhere to it anyways.
  5. The roads are deplorable. However, they have started fixing the main roads. The residential streets leave much to be desired. On many, there are no sidewalks. With the driving habits here, watch out! You might want to want to watch out anyway. 
  6. People do NOT ADHERE to the rules of the road, nor do they honor speed limits. Why do you need to speed to a Stop sign? Or red light? Many just go through. or merely pause and then race through. I have almost been hit by someone going through a stop sign. If I had been going just a little faster, I would have been broad-sided, with my son in the car. I can’t tell you how shaken I was afterward. I am even more careful now.
  7. People go for walks in their p.j’s. They go to Walmart, or where ever in their pajama bottoms. Anything goes, I suppose. It doesn’t take much to look “dressed up” here. I have gone to the market in sweats, but I draw the line at pajama bottoms.
  8. I have one set of neighbors who I really like. We help each other when we can, and I will miss them when we leave. Some are just neutral. Some are weird. Though they probably wonder about me too. 
  9. There is not much to do here. You have to travel outside the “city” to do anything “fun”. Like driving for hours….with crazy drivers on the 401. Hmmm, I think I’ll stay home. Also, they have just one “big mall”, and lots of plazas.
  10. The downtown is non-existent. It not really a downtown per se. 

I know there’s more, but I’ll stop the rant here.

For The City of Calgary.

  1.  People are much more friendly and welcoming here in the west. By and large.
  2. There are many places to walk here. So many different pathways for cycling/walking along the Bow/Elbow Rivers, as well as many parks throughout the city.
  3. Downtown Calgary is beautiful at night. 
  4. There are many malls throughout the city.
  5. A tangible law enforcement presence.
  6. On clear days, you can see the mountains, which I miss a lot. Also, it’s a relatively quick drive to the mountains. ie, Bragg Creek, Canmore, and Banff.
  7. It’s very unusual to see people walking in pajama pants. It’s not common at all, whereas, very common in my present city.
  8. I didn’t think I would miss Calgary as much as I do. 
  9. There are so many diversified neighborhoods, and it’s fun to drive around.
  10. Great roads, and highways throughout the cities and highways.

There are so many great aspects, but my brain is stalling right now, which is another story for p.m.s. (Sorry Guys!)

Right now I’m missing home a lot and I’m a bit disillusioned with why I wanted to come here so bad. There are a couple good things, so I won’t be too harsh. Suffice it to say, if/when I move back west, I’ll appreciate it so much more.

So for now, I’ll just keep looking for my ruby red slippers! And make the best of the here and now. It’s all I can really do anyway.

Avid reader, hopeful author. A mom who loves nature and animals. Visit Robin on Medium.
Avid reader, hopeful author. A mom who loves nature and animals. Visit Robin on Medium.
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