My North American Reunion

It has been way too long.  I have missed writing, but have been overloaded with events as I finally returned to North America after four years of living abroad.

After Edwin and I said our farewell to South America, we flew to the United States for two weeks and squeezed in meeting a crazy bunch of New Zealanders, and cruised around beautiful San Fransisco, sunny LA, and crazy Las Vegas.  It was an incredible two weeks of fun, drinking, dancing, and more sight-seeing.

We finally made our arrival to Canada at the beginning of August.  I got to experience my first trip on the west coast, and it blew my mind.  Vancouver is an amazing city, and I will definitely be back.  

The greenery, the biking, the beach bbq’s, and of course, the stunning mountain views.  For a moment, I actually said,  ” Why am I moving back to Ontario?!”  Thanks to great friends and hosts, our stay there was fun and stress-free! I even got to do some hiking in Whistler with a special appearance from black bears!

And now, here we are in Ontario.  The reunion with family and friends and familiar streets, restaurants, and bars.  It has been a mix of emotions.

Excitement. Anxiety. Overwhelming. Exhaustion. Comfort.

It has been so nice to sit across the table from the people I care most about in the world and sip wine as we catch up from the years apart.  It was interesting to note how some relationships seemed to have matured while I’ve been on the road.  I feel like they have reached a new level, so that more doors have opened as to what we share with each other and advice we seek from one another.

However, while family dinners seemed to have picked up where they left off, with laughter, jokes, and storytelling, some places have started to feel smaller than my romantic visions of them.  My small town feels a bit smaller.  My old city feels a little blase.  Have I become a globetrotting snob?

In an unrelated matter, I have felt some unexpected stress fall on my shoulders this week because I feel like there is so much to do now that I am back.  Everyone has been telling me to take a moment to breathe, and to get out the good ol’ pen and paper to get my To Do list out of my head.  So, I’m still working together with my mind to stop holding on to things that I have convinced myself are already sorted.

Korea already feels like a lifetime ago.  Yet, simultaneously, it feels as though I have a plane ride awaiting my return to a quaint little apartment in Daegu.

But no, it was decided at the beginning of the trip, that a new life chapter would be opening, so here I am.  Here we are.  A Canadian returning to her homeland with a constantly changing view on life and her New Zealander boyfriend along for the ride until we decide to don our backpacks out once again and set off on a new adventure.

Plan for the future?

Instead of looking too far ahead, we’ve decided to stay put in Canada for awhile and set up in Toronto.  I am excited and curious to step into the ESL field in such a cultural and diverse Canadian city.  And I hear there are a few theatrical stages in the big city, perhaps awaiting my return to the stage?  We shall see…..

 

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My North American Reunion

It has been way too long.  I have missed writing, but have been overloaded with events as I finally returned to North America after four years of living abroad.

After Edwin and I said our farewell to South America, we flew to the United States for two weeks and squeezed in meeting a crazy bunch of New Zealanders, and cruised around beautiful San Fransisco, sunny LA, and crazy Las Vegas.  It was an incredible two weeks of fun, drinking, dancing, and more sight-seeing.

We finally made our arrival to Canada at the beginning of August.  I got to experience my first trip on the west coast, and it blew my mind.  Vancouver is an amazing city, and I will definitely be back.  

The greenery, the biking, the beach bbq’s, and of course, the stunning mountain views.  For a moment, I actually said,  ” Why am I moving back to Ontario?!”  Thanks to great friends and hosts, our stay there was fun and stress-free! I even got to do some hiking in Whistler with a special appearance from black bears!

And now, here we are in Ontario.  The reunion with family and friends and familiar streets, restaurants, and bars.  It has been a mix of emotions.

Excitement. Anxiety. Overwhelming. Exhaustion. Comfort.

It has been so nice to sit across the table from the people I care most about in the world and sip wine as we catch up from the years apart.  It was interesting to note how some relationships seemed to have matured while I’ve been on the road.  I feel like they have reached a new level, so that more doors have opened as to what we share with each other and advice we seek from one another.

However, while family dinners seemed to have picked up where they left off, with laughter, jokes, and storytelling, some places have started to feel smaller than my romantic visions of them.  My small town feels a bit smaller.  My old city feels a little blase.  Have I become a globetrotting snob?

In an unrelated matter, I have felt some unexpected stress fall on my shoulders this week because I feel like there is so much to do now that I am back.  Everyone has been telling me to take a moment to breathe, and to get out the good ol’ pen and paper to get my To Do list out of my head.  So, I’m still working together with my mind to stop holding on to things that I have convinced myself are already sorted.

Korea already feels like a lifetime ago.  Yet, simultaneously, it feels as though I have a plane ride awaiting my return to a quaint little apartment in Daegu.

But no, it was decided at the beginning of the trip, that a new life chapter would be opening, so here I am.  Here we are.  A Canadian returning to her homeland with a constantly changing view on life and her New Zealander boyfriend along for the ride until we decide to don our backpacks out once again and set off on a new adventure.

Plan for the future?

Instead of looking too far ahead, we’ve decided to stay put in Canada for awhile and set up in Toronto.  I am excited and curious to step into the ESL field in such a cultural and diverse Canadian city.  And I hear there are a few theatrical stages in the big city, perhaps awaiting my return to the stage?  We shall see…..

 

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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Looking for some interesting reading material? Check out my Reading Picks and Bookworm post for some ideas! 

               
This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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