Yesterday was my first ever Canadian thanksgiving (my first any kind of thanksgiving, actually). We spent it at our little October home in the woods, with a surprise visit by a full grown black bear strolling past the kitchen window – magical! I love the idea of a day focused on gratitude and thankfulness, and there are so many things to be thankful for. I’m thankful for Canada and for travel, forests and bears, pumpkin pie and early nights in bed, and especially for @scheercharlie for helping to make this past year such a kind, loving and interesting one. Looking forward to so many more adventures over the coming year (and maybe more bears!) as I enjoy this focus onto gratitude.
My 2 months nestled into Victoria City is already over halfway through. I took a little time to settle down into a quieter life, one that involves a broken hand in a plaster-cast (and introduction to the Canadian healthcare system), more wandering the summertime leafy street (with less bicycling than I’d hoped) and a lot more studying than I’m used to in my normal day to day. This city is magnificent. I frequently encounter young deer in my front yard, squirrels out my window and otters in the harbour. It has, so far, been delightful. September will bring a trip to Vancouver, then onto Florida & Colorado, followed by a return to this lovely island to explore the wilder, less-citylike parts.