Six great malls and commercial areas to go shopping in Ottawa

Are you new to Ottawa and you’re finding difficult to enjoy the outdoors during winter? Do you dread the idea of going out when the temperatures drop to -20 and below? If you think winter is not for you, and you prefer to stay cozy and warm at home, sooner or later you’re going toContinue reading “Six great malls and commercial areas to go shopping in Ottawa”

Five common household problems in Canadian homes

When one is an immigrant in Canada and comes from a country with very different weather in comparison, a lot of things related to Canadian houses are going to be new to you and maybe even cause a few surprises. I, for example, was not familiar with the functioning of heating or air conditioning systemsContinue reading “Five common household problems in Canadian homes”

7 curious things about winter in Canada

This is my fifth winter in Ottawa, and fortunately I don’t dread it anymore. When I first landed in Ottawa in the winter of 2018 people told me things that made me fear I wouldn’t be able to put up with the extreme cold. For example, I heard things like: “you’ll never get used toContinue reading “7 curious things about winter in Canada”

New to winter? How to dress your kids in Canada

Winter hasn’t arrived officially yet but the temperatures are dropping each day. If you’re about to land in Canada you probably are worrying about how to dress your kids properly for them to be able to resist a -15 or -20 degrees Celsius when they go to school in the middle of the winter. ThoseContinue reading “New to winter? How to dress your kids in Canada”

My first year blogging about Ottawa from an immigrant’s perspective

It’s been a year since I started a blog with a funny name. When I started writing “Ottawa is not boring”, I didn’t imagine how long I was going to keep writing it. The teacher told us to write a blog about a topic we felt passionate about. I didn’t have to think a lot,Continue reading “My first year blogging about Ottawa from an immigrant’s perspective”

14 great waterfront parks in Ottawa to enjoy the city

One of the best things about Ottawa is the great vast green areas, natural and man-made, in Canada’s capital. Its public parks are beautifully designed and landscaped, inviting residents to enjoy every single minute during the warmer months. The most beautiful parks in the city are the ones that are somehow connected to water: rivers,Continue reading “14 great waterfront parks in Ottawa to enjoy the city”

The 14 best things about living in Ottawa

Since moving to Ottawa in 2018 I have become quite fond of the city. I think Canada’s capital meets all the characteristics anyone would look for in finding the best city in Canada, that is, the ideal place to live. That’s my personal view of course. If you have kids, and you’re an active personContinue reading “The 14 best things about living in Ottawa”

Eight Canadian habits and cultural differences that immigrants have to learn

Emigrating is not an easy thing for anyone. Starting a new life in a different country, immersing oneself in a different culture and using a different language presents many challenges. It can range from getting used to new habits to facing big cultural shocks. Moving to Canada is a big dream for many but whenContinue reading “Eight Canadian habits and cultural differences that immigrants have to learn”

An overview to the job market in Ottawa in pandemic times

Since I started writing this blog, one of the most frequent questions readers ask me is, how is the job market in Ottawa. It’s a key question if one is thinking of the possibility of moving to the capital. Ottawa attracts people for its beauty, the high quality of life, and its safe and healthyContinue reading “An overview to the job market in Ottawa in pandemic times”

Great spots to enjoy the Tulip Festival in Ottawa

For many, May is the best month of the year in Ottawa. Not only because it is the month when springtime really arrives, but also because Ottawa cheers up with the blossoming of its emblematic flowers: the tulips, which are the stars of the most renowned festival in Canada’s capital. If you’re new to Ottawa,Continue reading “Great spots to enjoy the Tulip Festival in Ottawa”