My husband (new fiancé at the time) and I traded in the big city nearly five years ago and moved to the Southern Interior of British Columbia for a change of scenery and for me to continue my studies towards becoming a teacher. Our life in Vancouver had gotten stale, we were losing our motivation, and we desperately needed a fresh start together, on our own, away from our family and friends.
This move turned out to be the best decision we would ever make, and I don’t regret it one bit! Duncan has found himself a career, I completed my first Bachelors Degree, we got married, got a dog, and started a family. We did everything we wanted to do, and more…
But lately we are both finding ourselves missing our friends, our families, and the city life we left behind. Don’t get me wrong, Kamloops is a beautiful place to live. Its not too fast and not too slow, its hot in the summer and snowy in the winter. There are beautiful lakes and rivers, camping, fishing, and hiking. But it still doesn’t quite feel like home.
We are a single vehicle family, and since we live within walking distance to the University, shopping, pretty much everything, my husband takes the truck to work. I have always been the kind of person who would rather walk anyways, and being in Uni for the past 7ish years with a Upass (university bus pass sponsored by our government) I have always had easy access to public transit.
This past winter I learned that strollers and Kamloops snow don’t mix, so Kendrick and I were trapped at home for most of the season. Even getting to a bus stop that was less than a block away was nearly impossible and very unsafe with thick ice and rarely-plowed sidewalks.
Not only does the snow suck but so do Kamloops drivers. It is as if they don’t even know what a pedestrian is. Just a couple months ago a mother and her young daughter were hit by a car while crossing in a marked crosswalk. My own brother-in-law was also hit by a car while in a crosswalk a couple years ago, and it still suffering from it today. Being a pedestrian here is scary and having Kendrick with me makes me even more apprehensive!
I miss being able to hop on the Skytrain and go across the city for an adventure, to have a picnic at a new park, or to see some new band recommended by a friend. There is always something to do in Vancouver! I miss having my family near by when I need them. Heck, I even miss the excessive rain. I would choose the rain over the minus 20 degree (Celsius) snow days in a heartbeat.
More than anything else, I miss the ocean. I am a beach girl through and through. I always have been; I always will be. I grew up loving the smell of the salty air and the sound of the waves crashing on the beach. My absolute favourite place in the world is my family’s beach cabin on the Sunshine Coast. It makes me sad that Kendrick is missing out on this magical place (at least for now) that played such an important role in my own childhood.
But for now we will stay put and look forward to visits from my in-laws (who have a lake cabin just outside of town) and my dad, who recently bought a house just outside of town and will be retiring and leaving the city this year. And when I finish my schooling and am ready to start searching for my dream teaching job, then we will see if our next adventure takes us back home, or to somewhere else unexpected!
Have you ever packed up and left everything you know to start a new adventure? Do you regret it? Let me know in the comments!