When we go to new cities, we often have an agenda. We visit famous sites, go to museums, or see some of its landmarks, like the statue of the hockey hero – Wayne Gretzky – in front of the Rogers Place in Edmonton. The statue of ‘The Great One’ serves as a pilgrimage for fans and a reminder of the glory days of the Edmonton Oilers.
It’s good to do these things. But’s it’s also good to take time to stroll around without any reason, enjoy stylish shops, lively cafes, local street markets, inviting bookstores and just let a city speak to us. A simple act of walking the streets is often the most fascinating thing to do.
And there is always sadness of saying goodbye when departing for next destination. And joy because there is a whole world left to see.