Summary impressions of my visit to Calgary

Bullet point form as I’m preparing to go to sleep, and this laptop is SLOOOOW.

- People who live in Calgary know how to drive in the snow. Better yet, the city of Calgary spends a substantial amount of money cleaning up the roads.
- People shop in Calgary. A LOT. Consumerism by the minute!
- This city needs to change its approach to urban development. It’s a sprawled city. I didn’t realize how much until I saw that my brother’s town house was just one in a complex, whereas the next 10 blocks around his house were single-family dwellings.
- Downtown Calgary is very pretty. And much more cosmopolitan than Vancouver’s. If anything, it reminds me of Ottawa and in some parts, Montreal. I can tell you right now that downtown Mexico City is much more cosmopolitan than Vancouver’s!
- People in Calgary (at least the youngsters I saw) are pretty damn hot, IMHO. It may just be that they are my type.
- Calgary is NOT a city for transit. This is a city that MUST be driven. Sorry to say this, as I am an ardent environmentalist, but it’s true.
- I would definitely move to Calgary, even with the -25/-37 oC that I experienced. It has a nice feel to the city.
- I missed the chance to hookup with a couple of my former students and a good friend of mine who hails from here, but I’m glad because it was just family time.
- I miss Vancouver despite the fact that I know all its foibles.

Related posts:

  1. Calgary designated as the Cultural Capital of Canada 2012
  2. Fish Creek branch of the Calgary Public Library
  3. Mozart in the City Festival 2010 (Calgary): Jupiter Symphony and Karen Gomyo
  4. Gaucho Brazilian Barbeque (Calgary, AB)
  5. The Calgary Stampede

Comments (4)

raincoasterDecember 28th, 2008 at 10:33 am

I’d be interested to hear your definition of cosmopolitan, because that’s totally contrary to what my friends who travel between the cities say. Mind you, they could be biased.

gillianDecember 28th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Damn, raincoaster beat me to the punch: I was going to ask you for your definition as well. The odd non-native shows up to Vancouver and says the same thing, and I have this strange feeling they’re walking down our streets with their eyes closed.

ChrisDecember 28th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

I’ll toss my hat into the whole cosmo thing as well. Mind you, what drew me to comment was that I believe Calgary’s transit system to be better laid out than Vancouver’s. I’ve never had any issue taking the bus, let alone the C-Train to wherever I have to go. I can’t say I’ve had the same success here.

BethDecember 28th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Apparently I’m late to the party on this one, but have to agree with everyone else – no way is Calgary more cosmopolitan than Vancouver. Not even close.

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