Photo Essay: My Year in Cities, 2009

Earlier today, Jonah Keri, one of my favourite writers, posted his “year in cities” list. It’s a concept borrowed from Jason Kottke. You post a list of cities where you spent a night during the year (this excludes cities you visited but didn’t stay overnight in, such as Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo in my case).

I really like this idea, and decided to add on to it. I’ve included an accompanying photo for most of my destinations from 2009 (for two of them I have none at my disposal). Here we go, in roughly chronological order:

Cantley, QC
Farm
I stayed at the EcoNiche resort for a conference in late May. It’s located in Cantley, Quebec, a beautiful area full of farmland and scenery. Here is a picture of a farm located down the road from where I stayed.

Ottawa, ON
Canada Geese
My Uncle and I went for a walk along the Ottawa River Parkway; it was full of Canada Geese that day.

Calgary, AB
The Decemberists "Hazards of Love"
The Decemberists performing at Calgary Folk Fest.

Jasper National Park, AB

Rafting
A group of whitewater rafters on the Athabasca River near Jasper. I’d gone rafting earlier in the day, but was obviously unable to photograph that trip. This group came by in the evening.

Seattle, WA
Fremont Troll
The famous Fremont Troll in the Fremont neighbourhood, aka The Center of the Universe.

Portland, OR

Chicken BLT
A gluten-free Chicken BLT, accompanied by a gluten-free beer at Deschutes Brewery. I was in heaven.

Hinton, AB
Molly
Molly, my friend Nathan‘s family dog.

Victoria, BC
The Leg at Night
The British Columbia Legislature lights up at night. It was well worth the walk through a torrential downpour to catch this sight.

Pittsburgh, PA
6th Street Bridge
The 6th Street Bridge, also known as the Roberto Clemente Bridge, connects PNC Park to downtown Pittsburgh (seen in the background).

Cleveland, OH
Quinn to Furrey
Monday Night Football in Cleveland: the Browns hosting the Baltimore Ravens. Brady Quinn completes a pass to Mike Furrey, one of the few positive plays for the Browns in a game they lost 23-0.

Hamilton, ON
(no photo available)

Red Deer, AB
(no photo available)

Edmonton, AB
Churchill Square
I spend most of my nights in Edmonton; the waterfall in Churchill Square is one of my favourite daytime sights during the summertime.

My summary: 13 places, 2 countries, 4 provinces, 4 states in 2009. Where, dear readers, did you spend 2009? Post your list in the comments section, or if you blog, make sure to post a link.

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3 Responses

  1. Hey,

    Great photos! The Pittsburg photo is awesome. How was rafting? It looks like so much fun…I want to go!

    This year I went to:

    New York
    London, UK
    Oxford, UK
    Vancouver
    Morocco: Rabat, Marrakech, Tangre, Casablanca, Fes, and Chefchouan

    2009 was fun!

  2. Sheehan,

    I highly recommend rafting; it’s a lot of fun. There’s a bunch of companies in Jasper (and all through the Rockies) that organize daily trips.

    Nice list! What did you think of Morocco?

  3. Nice photos. I’m from Edmonton, but I don’t live there anymore. I live in Kamakura, Japan. Well,here’s my list:

    Canada:

    Edmonton, Alberta
    Vancouver, BC (airport only)

    USA:

    Minneapolis, MN (airport only)

    Japan:

    Kamakura, Kanagawa
    Yokohama, Kanagawa
    Odawara, Kanagawa
    Tokyo
    Isehara, Kanagawa
    Atami, Shizuoka
    Narita, Chiba (airport only)

    So, there we go. 3 countries, 2 provinces, 1 state, 4 prefectures and 10 cities.

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