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Calgary woman's letter puts Alberta on the 52 places to love in 2021

A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Federal financing relief for large Canadian companies announced Monday was welcomed by the oil and gas sector and the Alberta government despite conditions that linked the aid to climate change goals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – With COVID-19 putting a bit of a damper on international travel, the New York Times annual list of 52 places to see or visit may not have been a top priority for many people.

However. due to the pandemic, they’ve called it “52 places to love in 2021” and instead of using recommendations from travel writers, they asked people to write them about a place in the world that is special to them.

And it seems Alberta, Canada has made the cut.

The letter about Alberta is written by Marokj Yousifshahi, who says she came to Calgary when she was nine as a Kurdish refugee from Iraq.

She writes she had only seen snow on TV before arriving in Calgary, adding she could hardly believe the beautiful mountains and lakes right in her backyard.

Marokh ends her letter stating Alberta is where she earned her bachelor’s degree and where she learned how free she could be as a woman.