Our ten year layover in the Okanagan is finally behind us!!!!
I for one, could not be happier! Except for missing our backyard that was great for wildlife watching, huge covered deck (not that it rained much there), and of course, my favourite cafes where I spent many, many hours coding, studying, and sipping mocha’s.
While the summer here was pretty dry, it sure has rained a lot since we got home! After living in a dust bowl for so many years, I am happy to finally be back to complaining about being wet and cold <3
Truth be told, I have always enjoyed the rain. Rain is very cleansing. Rain makes the trees and plants grow. Rain also makes me feet soggy sometimes which helps remind me of how grateful I am to have a place to go home to dry out, and warm up.
As I’m sure you can imagine, when you move away for 10 years, things are a little bit different upon your return. Not that I’ve been back and into Vancouver much but it seems like a whole new city. Most of my favourite foods stops disappeared years ago during the buildup to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and a lot of my old neighbourhoods I can’t even recognize anymore thanks to gentrification.
I guess the plus is that we are now out in Langley where it’s a bit quieter, and I have a whole new city to explore, rather then re-acquainting myself with Vancouver. Part of me is disappointed that we can’t afford to be living in East Vancouver again, but at the same time, so happy we ended up in Walnut Grove out in Langley. I am in love with Fort Langley which is about a 5-10 minute drive away <3
The transit system has also grown massively since we moved away. There’s now three different skytrain lines and I am sure many more bus routes. Having grown up in a community where there was no transit service (there is now), I really appreciated that I could get just about anywhere in the GVRD by transit (including from the ferry – I grew up on Vancouver Island) and at most, I would have to walk 5 to 10 blocks to get to my destination.
When you live in a city as uptight as Kelownafornia, it’s “no shit” that the rich and famous would never ditch driving themselves in their vehicles to be with the common folk on transit. So of course, the transit system sucked because besides the 97 main route thru Kelowna, it was not heavily utilized, and surely the best way to increase ridership, is to reduce services, right??
The transit system was so shitty when we first moved there. It would have taken 2.5 hours to commute to UBCO from Westside Road – which now has the Westside “Exchange” 1km up the road cutting the commute down to just a half hour. I ended up driving my spouse and son to school/daycare rather than a mother with baby getting up and leaving by 5am to catch the bus all the way into Westbank (a half hour the opposite direction), to catch the bus to downtown Kelowna, to then catch the bus to UBCO. Not the first thing that had us commenting on how crappily laid out the city was. Needless to say our excitement about a bus stop out the front of our mobile park was cut short when we realized it only ran 3 times in the morning and 3 times at night.
And now… we are back… on the wet coast, where people are a lot friendlier, the produce is more expensive, and we can avoid parallel and paying for parking by taking transit around the city with our Compass cards.
Now I need to figure out what to do with my career. The joys of having a blank canvas in front of you.
Getting back to blogging and photography are certainly a couple of good options!