Today I’m linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for their Friday Five Link Up! Their topic for this week is all about love so I thought I would share the five things that I love about Calgary.
July will mark the 9 year anniversary of my move from Texas to Calgary. The longest I’ve ever lived in one place before this was the six years I spent in Vancouver during part of high school and university. The heart of the industry that I work in is in Calgary. When I made the decision to move back to Canada Calgary was my best option for career prospects. I never anticipated that Calgary would be the city I would settle down in!
Here are the five things that I love most about my hometown:
One of the reasons I wanted to move back to Canada was because I missed the seasons…I missed winter…living in Texas. I had never really experienced a Calgary winter with -20C and below temperatures though! While those temperatures are tough I find the chinooks that blow in help to give us a reprieve from winter from time to time.
2. The Restaurants
Calgary’s culinary scene has come along way from the dimly lit steakhouses that were where all the business lunches happened in the past. There are beautiful and innovative dishes being cooked at Model Milk. The steakhouse has evolved into a modern space where clean flavours from simple ingredients dominate at CHARCUT. I’m blown away by the bold and amazing flavours at Anju and Raw Bar. Nothing beats a bottle of red wine and the pizza from Una.
3. The Running & Triathlon Community
When I moved to Calgary I really wasn’t much of a runner and I most definitely wasn’t a triathlete. I feel so lucky to have made some great friends through triathlon. Kelly, Shannon and Tara have become wonderful friends and not just training partners.
The staff at Tri It make me feel like family.
And even though I don’t run a ton of the Calgary Road Runner races the same friendly folks always make me feel welcome.
4. Calgary’s Running Pathways
5. Being Close to Banff
Finally, I love being so close to the mountains. Banff is one of my favourite places to ride my bike.
Or to go for a hike.
We are so lucky to live so close to one of the most beautiful places in the world.