My take away from the whole four month work term experience is the actual time frame itself. Living in four month chunks is a difficult thing to do: the first month is a generally an big change, the next month or two things become more routine and regular, and the final month and half you begin to start forming meaningful relationships with both the city and the people that inhabit it.
By the end of it all you have a new routine, frequent new cafes and shops, and are generally integrated into the way of things- at least I certainly was.
Much of my time in Calgary was spent travelling to and from the downtown core along a North/ South axis, with the majority of my time spent downtown working, walking, eating and drinking. My commutes after October were almost always by bus: a 10 minute walk from my apartment to the bus, 30 minutes on a bus, and then a 2 minute walk to the office.
During the first two month at the office my work was generally 40 hours a week, with lots of time for socialization and checking out the city. However, by November, myself and two of my peers [Dalhousie Students also on work terms in Calgary] decided to sign up for a French Architectural Competition because we all missed the pure design component that the office experience failed to provide us.
Life in Calgary
Calgary was a lot more fun that I expected. For whatever reason, I was lucky to meet a lot of really amazing people- some by chance, others that really went out of their way to meet up with me. As many of you know who read this regularly, coffee is an important part of my life; it was not in any shortage during my time in Alberta.
Travel in Alberta
I was able to visit Edmonton (for work), as well as Banff and Lake Louise. Here are some photographs along the way:
I have a lot of people to thank who made the overall experience such a positive one:
Thanks to everyone at the Toker + Associates office who reached out to me, the family I stayed with in Calgary and their newly born child, and everyone else who helped me along the way. What a great experience, it was bittersweet leaving.