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I made it!
I know there were a lot of doubters. I even doubted whether I could last this long away from home myself on a fair few occasions, as you know. But here we are, at six months into the journey. I’ve visited three new countries. I have experienced summer, Thanksgiving, Halloween and fall in Canada. I have made amazing new friends who make me smile every day. I also have no plans of slowing down any time soon. It has been hard at times, but at the end of the day, I am so happy with where I am right now.
11th October to 7th November
Well, the month started with a bang thanks to my amazing Thanksgiving weekend in Vernon and the completion of the Fall Bucket List.
After Thanksgiving, it was a crazy week for me of work, work, work. I got to partake in my favourite pastime (celebrity stalking) when the Aussie Pie Guy food truck visited the set of Canadian TV series Motive. I went for a walk around Bridge Studios hoping to spot someone I knew, but alas no luck. Sigh. I also had to fit in a little fun with my Starbucks workmates.
The following weekend I got a parcel from home: early Christmas presents AND my only winter jacket and favourite jumper. I also went to my first Halloween party. I was a bit clueless on what to wear, so thought I would go with what I know best — being a bogan Australian.
With my fellow expats I visited Stanley Park to soak up the remaining fall-ness before it disappeared and the last of the colourful leaves blow away, to be replaced by very baron trees.
For Halloween, we decorated the food truck for Truck or Treat, which was a bit of fun. I also went with Wednesday Addams this time to shake things up.
To round out the Canadian Halloween experience (as you can see, it has been the focus this month) I went with a few friends to Fright Nights, which is at the Playland theme park in Vancouver and consists of six different haunted houses (fears/asylum/carn-evil) and twelve of the rides are open. I have never screamed so much in one night but it was nevertheless a fun time.
Next month, as the temperature drops and I attempt to keep warm, I won’t be stopping the Vancouver adventures. I also hope to have some holidays planned too.