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Quarantine in Calgary, Alberta

When quarantine first started in my city of Calgary, I didn't know what to expect. Before the pandemic: On a typical weekend, we would choose a large park like Prince's Island or Edworthy. Jon, the kids and I would all play Pokémon Go as a family. It was a nice way to get us all active and outside the house for a few hours. Sometimes we would bring a family member or friend to join us, have lunch with them to socialize and catch up on life. But with the pandemic, we had to switch things up a bit. Jon would drive around and find a spot to park, where we could catch Pokémon and then drive on to the next spot without ever having to interact with other people. It wasn't ideal, but we made the most of it. We brought snacks, and had lots of laughs. Before heading home, we decided to see how quiet it was downtown. It was like nothing we had ever seen before. The streets were empty, where usually there would be clusters of idling cars waiting at lights. The sidewalks would usually be packed with people walking in every direction, but this day I counted only a few. The Peace Bride where I could never get a photo without at least a handful of people being in the background, was completely empty. Shops were closed, and train stations were empty. Downtown was eerily quiet. Here are some shots from that day, taken downtown.


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