• Jun

    My Return to Canada


    Today I returned to Canada after 4 months away, traveling in Canada and Mexico. My last stop was in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. I lived in La Paz for 2-1/2 months and really loved it there.

    The last thing I wanted to do was to go back to Canada, but I had little choice. I still had posessions there and I needed to close down my life and business relationships before I could return to Mexico.

    I left Mexico on May 31st, intending to get back to Canada that night, but it didn’t happen. Delays enroute caused one of my flights to get cancelled and I got stuck in Seattle for the night.

    Fortunately the airline (Alaska) was good about it and paid for a night in a local hotel and covered transportation to/from the hotel as well.

    I caught the flight the next morning and got back into Canada just after 9:00am. It was bittersweet. It felt good to be on familiar ground, but this was one time that I didn’t want to return.

    Before coming back, I took care of my car, placing it in storage. And I got myself an apartment in my old building, a month before I came back, so I was in familiar territory.


    Here’s are a couple of views from my apartment. I had a corner suite with a fabulous view.

    The down side is that I was also surrounded by smokers (Yech!) who kept their windows open so much that the smoke stink invaded my place on a regular basis.

    In some ways it felt like I’d never left Canada, but I’d changed inside and I knew I couldn’t go back. Still the decision to leave, probably permanently, was difficult to deal with.

    I shed a lot of tears over that one, but I knew that I could no longer safely live as a resident of Canada.

    There’s a lot more to it than what I’m writing about here. There were some major issues in my life in Canada that hastened my reasons for leaving, but I’m not ready to talk about them – yet.

    One day, when I feel ready, I will.

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