To My Darling Reader,
Hi, How are you doing? I hope that you are well.
As you are reading this, I will be on my way to Seattle. The first of many trips this year!
I feel like I have been so caught up in bringing you content for the blog, that I have forgotten to check in, see how you are and let you know what I am up to as well.
The theme for 2017 for Alex and myself definitely seems to be travel!
After waiting 18 months for my permanent residency for Canada, we finally got it in December. It was such a relief, knowing that I didn’t have to worry about if I could stay in Canada, but also because it meant that I could now leave if I wanted to as well.
Alex and I sat down in December and we started planning out trips, so I will share them with you too!
Trip 1: Going to Seattle at the end of February to see Tash Sultana.
This is Alex’s first trip out of Canada so I am so excited! Yes, we are only going to the states but it’s a nice little taster of crossing borders, getting different currency and experiencing a different culture. We also get to see Tash Sultana who is my favourite artist! If you haven’t heard of her, I have a video below of one of her songs.
On the way back to Tofino, we are picking up my brother and he is coming to stay with us for 3 weeks! It’s going to be a bit cramped, as my place is tiny! But I am so excited to show him Tofino and Vancouver Island, plus get some skiing in.
Trip 2: The UK and Europe.
In mid April, Alex and I are moving our stuff into storage in Nanaimo, then jumping on a plane to England! My Mum is english so we are going to see some of my family, then roughly plan to spend a month in the UK, checking out Ireland and Scotland. Then plan to spend a month in Europe, mainly Germany and Sweden. That is the rough plan because really, we have no plans! We will just see how we are doing when we are over there. We have friends that we have met in Tofino, so want to catch up with them and see another part of the world.
If you are in that part of the world or have some tips, send me a message! I would love some tips and suggestions or potential meet ups 🙂
Trip 3: Taking The Summer Off.
Alex and I get back into Canada at the end of June, and then have to go to a wedding in Canmore. That is our only engagement for the summer. Because we both worked so hard last summer, we felt like we missed it! We never went camping, hardly went swimming and it just wasn’t that fun. So this time, we are going to enjoy the long days, camp a lot and spend a lot of time swimming. We will set up a base with Alex’s parents, and tour around a bit as well.
Trip 4: Australia!
Once we are out of money, Alex and I are going to fly to Australia. We have enough points to get the flights for free (well…$90) so that will be our next stop. We will likely arrive in August, which is the middle of winter in Australia. I figured winter would be better for Alex, so that he can work up his tolerance for the heat.
Once in Australia, we are going to live with my Mum and work a lot after having so much time off!
We are really excited about the Australian part, because after 3 years of being together, Alex is finally going to meet my parents!!! He will also get to see where I grew up and understand a bit more about my culture. I also want him to get picked on for how he talks (because he picks on me all the time!)
We are going to get him the 1 year working visa, and then see how we like it after that. Alex might love Australia, I might crave to come back to Canada, we don’t know. But at least we will both have a healthy dose of each others’ countries.
One of the few nice photos of Alex and I, usually one of us is pulling a funny face…
So where does this leave olivialouisetaylor.com?
Well the show must still go on! I created this space to bring you information about healthy eating, easy recipes and also have this as a platform for nutritional consults. And I created it to be online so that I could reach you from wherever I was.
Admittedly, I am a little worried how well I am going to go when travelling around Europe. The behind the scenes of this website takes up a lot of my time and I am also really good at getting distracted… oh look it’s sunny outside…..
So I end this letter to you, hoping that you are well and I shall have some new content for you next week.
Have a great weekend (because I am definitely going to!)