Final brief thoughts on Vancouver and Whistler
Pictured: More of the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Hi! I am apologizing once again for totally slacking last week. I moved on Friday and every waking moment that I was not at work was spent packing. The actual moving day I was physically moving and not resting from 5 in the morning until 8:30 in the evening. It was tiring but it is done. I’m spending the next month with my home base at a friend’s apartment while she is on tour across the US with a Chicago-based circus group. In case you’re interested, it is my friend Zoe and I’ve linked the tour dates and cities here. If they’re coming to your city, go see them! I can’t wait to see it when they’re back in Chicago.
Anyway! In this month I’ll also be housesitting a dog in the client’s home, this was booked before I learned I had to move. I am also heading to Toronto for a long weekend on the 21st and I’m really excited about all that I have planned for that trip already. On the 28th or 29th, I’ll be headed to my sister and brother in law’s place for 2-3 weeks of July. In that space of time, I also have another dog/housesitting gig and a trip to Lake Tahoe. So, I am glad that I have a summer of nomadic living even if it is a bit strange and uncertain beyond July. I’m opening up myself to big changes by not having a lease or a permanent place to live and I am really hoping that it all pays off. I have faith that it will.
But I’d like to wrap up my BC trip with final thoughts. First, I can’t wait to go back. I loved Vancouver, Whistler, the drive between the two, etc. I want to go to Vancouver Island and Kelowna and other parts of British Columbia, its a big province and there is a lot to see! I also simply want to go back to the mountains later in the summer so that I can hike more. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to take another (shorter) trip with REI to backpack in the mountains near Whistler, but I have not committed to anything because I don’t know what my living situation will be and there are other uncertainties too. So, I’ll wait. But it is so hard to wait to do things sometimes and it makes me crazy. I definitely don’t feel like I live my life waiting for the next thing but I do love knowing where I can go or what trip I can take within the next 3 months. Especially with the uncertainties. If anything the trip reconfirmed for me for the millionth time that I want to live in or near the mountains, in a smaller city and closer to nature. If I could live in Vancouver, I would do so very happily but I don’t really understand the difficult logistics of getting a work permit for Canada. It is something I plan to explore though.
I guess what I am trying to say with all of this is that many of my trips in 2017-2019 have really made me realize that I am tired of the city and want to live somewhere that I am not surrounded by concrete and tons of people. I’ve got quite a list of options but my goal is to be out of Chicago by the end of 2019. I know that is a huge change and it is quite an aggressive goal considering I also have a trip to Ecuador in November and I know that my traveling will probably slow a little once I do move, simply because travel is expensive and I’ll be wanting to explore more of wherever I end up. But, I fully plan on still maintaining my goal of exploring the world and visiting 40 countries total by the end of the year I turn 40, so December 2021.
I do feel like I’ve stopped growing as a person in Chicago, for the most part. I’ve lived here for 16 years and it has become comfortable, and I’m not unhappy here because I have a great group of friends and activities, but I am definitely ready for new changes and challenges and even though people say you can’t run from problems, I don’t feel like that is the case at all. I more or less feel like I’m running to be challenged and to a place where I will be in my element. So that’s where I am right now. I’ve got a post about my short trip to England coming to you on Wednesday and then some Friday links, then Edmonton, AB the next week as well as a preview of my plans for Toronto - teaser, I’ll be checking out one of the Airbnb Experiences for the first time ever and I am really excited about it!