i was on a training course today in Gatineau, boning up on my information management (so far i’m more or less just reassured that i pretty much know my stuff when it comes to IM, so i’m enjoying it).
but of course, at the end of the day i ran out the doors to see the bus pulling away. i called STO and the next one didn’t come for forty minutes. GAH! i started to walk to the main road off the campus, to catch another bus. the sunset was beautiful so i had to turn around and snap a pic of it.
i turned back around, and there was a friend’s awesome step-mom in an SUV! i got a ride most of the way home, instead of having to wait forever for the bus! yay!
and just look at this photo! is it not breathtaking? i love the ottawa/gatineau region.
i’ve lived in the ottawa valley for most of my life, having been born in toronto, and moved here when i was very young. i lived up in municipalite de la peche in quebec for 7 years, but still commuted to ottawa every day, and anyway i still count that as the ottawa region.
i’ll be blunt: i love it here. it is my home, and i think it’s a near-perfect city. i’m the first to admit all the things that ARE wrong with it: politically; socially; infrastructure-wise; transportation-wise, etc. but at the end of the day those things are luxurious grievances that i can’t ever see escaping, no matter what (privileged) city i were to call home.
most of my family have moved away from ottawa, but i still feel roots here. even as many friends have left too…
i often find myself in discussions with friends and acquaintances - fellow ottawa residents - about how much they dislike living here, and would rather live in [insert big city here]. i feel like the odd one out. i don’t get that attitude. i genuinely like so many things about my life here, i sometimes feel as if people simply need a reason to justify a move, to create change and novelty. moreover, i feel like eventually all my friends will move away, and that would be mighty lonely. i mean, why would you continue to live somewhere if you really didn’t like it (barring factors like affordability, family dependants, etc.)?
i genuinely love it here. i feel inspired to keep on trucking, and any adversity that life in this city throws at me… it’s just all the more inspiration for creating new and exciting music and art.