Hi I'm Kate... An Aussie living in Canada.
My husband, Bobby, and I left our home in Melbourne in July 2012 looking for adventure!
To a traveller, our decision to leave behind a gorgeous apartment in St Kilda, a network of loving friends and family and careers in Television (me) and Pharmaceutical Marketing (Bobby) to go travelling probably makes perfect sense but to some it was difficult to understand the appeal of throwing caution to the wind and seeing where life takes us when we’re not tied down by all the comforts of home. Nevertheless we felt it had to be done and though, of course, we miss seeing our beloved family and friends every day we’ve been having the time of our lives!
First stop after leaving home was Vegas… Why Vegas?, you may well ask. And I’d tell you, seriously, I have no idea, except that a bunch of our crazy friends were there. So after three nights of madness in Vegas with aforementioned bunch of bananas, we hastened to Mexico with a couple of our favourite peeps and had a leisurely, mojito and sun filled vacation where some of my highlights included learning to surf on a remote beach, snorkelling with a pod of whale sharks, swimming in underwater caves, encounters with turtles and of course more guacamole and habanero than one should really have in a life time!
After that we split from our mates and headed to the States. We stayed in San Diego for a bit before hooking up with another friend in LA who had scored a gig as a busdriver and was heading from LA to New York and back again in a huge RV. We jumped on that quick as can be and ended up touring across the US with him, stopping to explore Phoenix and Austin in Texas, New Orleans (what a place!), Memphis, Nashville, Wrightsville Beach, Virginia Beach, Richmond in Virginia, Charlottesville, Sperriville (gorgeous town near the Shenendoah National Park in West Virginia), Fredericksburg in Virginia, Washington DC, New York City, Long Beach New York and then whizzed back to LA in 3 and a half days with barely a stop.
We had a ball touring across the States and being lil' truckers and watching the scenery change in that land of contrasts.
Our next destination was Vancouver and we arrived at the end of August 2012 and thanks to a spectacular arrangement between Canada and Australia we are able to stay and work in Canada for the next two years – which we fully intend to do!
Back home my job as a TV Producer for a daily, live Morning Show had been an absolute joy but despite that, when I arrived in Vancouver I decided that I wanted to stretch myself in another direction. Stretch being the operative word, since I’m now working at Lululemon and have turned into a yoga addict! Ironically enough we don’t even have a TV at our place here! Though I have to admit, we still download all our favourite shows and watch them on our computer with speakers for sound. There was no way either of us could bear to miss out on our precious Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad or True Blood!
Bobby has left behind his Product Manager life and is now living out his dream – working as an assistant brewer at a microbrewery here. He loves the change of pace and still gets a kick out of the fact that he no longer has to work behind a desk and wear a suit everyday and that he can grow his beard out! In fact, the longer the beard the better if you’re a brewer it seems.
We both love Vancouver and while we’re determined to travel and see as much of Canada (and the north west coast of America) while we’re here, neither of us wants to leave Van any time soon, so I think we’ll stay put and just take little trips to other places when we can. Especially since now the snow is falling and we’ll soon be able to ride at Whistler and Cypress on our days off!
I’m not an amazing snowboarder but I can falling leaf with the best of them, so hopefully my skills will improve over the season. Bobby has been checking the snow report incessantly and is dying to get on the mountain.
When we’re not snowboarding, yoga-ing, brewing (or having a beer) or watching our fave TV shows, Bobby and I are probably doing something food related. I love to cook and one of my responsibilities as a TV producer was actually to produce the cooking segments for our show. That meant that I got exposure to lots of wonderful chefs and recipes and naturally, I suppose, it awoke an intense love of food in me. I mean, I’d always loved to eat out and try new things – both Bobby and I love, love, LOVE to do that – but my appreciation of food and knowledge and understanding of how to prepare it grew tenfold while doing that job and as a result experimentation in the kitchen happens on a more regular basis.
Since arriving here I’ve added quite a few new Japanese dishes to my repertoire, inspired by all the amazing Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. As soon as we get the chance Bobby and I are going to take a trip to Vancouver Island because I hear that they have amazing produce and restaurants there and I can’t wait to check it out. And of course, it’d be rude not to drop in to all the microbreweries while we’re there! In fact, I think it’s time I wrapped this up. You get the picture by now I’m sure and I’ve got to get on with looking for AirBnB accommodation options over there! All this talk of travel has got me too excited!
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