I will be moving back to Winnipeg at the beginning of June. The thought fills me with many feelings, some good, some bad. So I thought, why not make a list? So here it is: Things I’ll miss about Vancouver, things I won’t, and things I’m looking forward to back home.
Things I’ll Miss About Vancouver:
- The warm, green winters. Not sure how I’m going to deal when next March Winnipeg is still under snow.
- The huge amount of small businesses and variety of independently owned restaurants and shops.
- The cherry blossoms. And rhododendrons. And magnolias.
- The transit system. People like to complain, but we generally get a lot of bus service for a reasonable price! Winnipeg’s transit system isn’t nearly so nice.
- The mountains and the ocean.
- The lack of potholes on the roads.
- How active everyone seems here.
- Seeing the skiing trails lit up against the night sky.
- BURGOO! And Dentry’s. And Grounds for Coffee. (Those cinnamon buns!!)
- My friends. Although; my friends are all actually moving away from Vancouver this year as well, so it’s not like staying would fix this problem.
- How well dressed everyone is here!
- How walkable the city is.
- How much cheaper the produce is.
- No mosquitos!
Things I definitely will NOT miss:
- The rain. I hate rain. So much.
- How much it costs to live here.
- The fact that everything I want to go to is so far away. Seriously! It takes so long to go anywhere!
- Getting passed by the bus.
- That wet, wet cold.
Things I’m looking forward to back home:
- Prairie sunsets.
- Prairie autumns. I haven’t been home in the fall in FOUR YEARS and I am so excited for this September! Fall on the prairies is the best.
- Snowy Christmas season.
- Reconnecting with old friends.
- Having my boyfriend in the same city.
- Not paying rent and saving money by living with my parents.
- Having a tub-shower (in my apartment they are separate and I don’t like it).
- Having actual natural light in my bedroom (again, my room here is very dark).
- Some of my favourite Winnipeg haunts.
- Being able to take gigs because I’ll have access to a vehicle.
I’m sure there’s more that I can’t think of at the moment, but I think you get the picture; leaving a city and moving back to another is a mixed bag of emotions.