Even though I’ve lived outside of Ottawa for years now, I was born and raised there. I wasn’t always fond of it in the past, but every time I go back to visit, I make it my personal mission to find something new and exciting that reignites my love of the city. Over the years, I’ve seen such progress as it takes on an evolution towards morphing itself into a kick-ass major Canadian city. And it seems to be working, highlighted by signs of change around every corner – from the revamping of the city centre for Canada 150, to the light rail, to even the feeling of a shift in certain neighbourhoods. Ottawa really is the place to be these days (and trust me, I never thought I would ever say that).
I recently moved back to Toronto after living in Ottawa for about a year and a half. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with the city, so I was feeling relieved to be back in Toronto again. But when Daniel mentioned that he would like me to go to Ottawa for the opening of a new hotel, I laughed pretty freakin’ hard. My first thought was, “yeah but I just left and now you want me to go back there?”. I reluctantly agreed, excited for the opportunity, but not expecting too much out of my experience.