A love letter to Ottawa

'A love letter to Ottawa', a blog by Jose Walsh

Hey Ottawa,

I know I was a little shell-shocked when I arrived in early February.

For someone who has never seen snow before, rocking up in -14 was pretty rude of you, despite everyone assuring me that this was a really ‘mild’ winter for Ottawa.

Personally, I like seeing my taxes on a price tag than having to work it out in my head, and I’m not crash-hot on your tipping culture. I’m still a little bewildered by your fervent obsession with ‘All Dressed’ chips. And the whole milk-in-a-bag thing. Oh, and that you have a 60* temperature swing between winter and summer! Come on.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada. 'A love letter to Ottawa', by Jose Walsh.
Parliament Hill on my first day in Ottawa

But having lived here for the past 11 months, there are just so many things I love about you.

Continue Reading