Well, hello again! It’s been more than a month since I’ve last posted on here… how the hell did I let that happen?! I’ve been struggling with finding (more like making) the time to sit down and write lately. My life has been pretty hectic since I last sat down and took a moment to myself to write. Let’s see if I can even remember everything I’ve done that has kept me from writing (bear with me please).
First thing first, Stefan and I went on our first vacation together in May! Now, spending 4 straight days on vacation with someone for the first time – who I’m in a long distance relationship with – seemed like a scary idea to me. I’ve never dated someone who I’ve been able to go away with for multiple days and not come back having a few fights under our belts. So, here I am sitting in Toronto waiting to board my flight to Fort Lauderdale to meet up with Stefan at the airport before making our way to South Beach for some much-needed R&R. It still didn’t feel real that in about 3 hours, I would be taking a real vacation, on the beach, with my boyfriend. But, alas, I landed in FLL, found Stefan, and next thing you know we were walking along South Beach without a care in the world. Let me tell you, those 4 days were the most relaxed I have ever been in my whole life. I didn’t think about the stress of work, I didn’t check my e-mail, I just enjoyed the present moment. We spent 4 days sleeping in, eating brunch, swimming in the ocean, finding sea shells (well I found sea shells… Stefan stored them in his pockets for me), and just enjoying being together.
After I survived my first vacation with Stefan and realized he’s my person, I casually went to Scotland… Twice! The first time was quite the adventure. I had never done a trip that involved such a long flight and such a big time difference. The flight left Toronto around 6:15 PM and by the time I got to my hotel in Glasgow it was 8:00 AM. I was so excited to be in Scotland but all I wanted to do was sleep so I took a nap (4 hours to be exact… oops). As much as I wanted to explore the beautiful place I was in, my body and my mind were in a rough battle. Thankfully, in true Scottish fashion, it rained all damn day. I went for a walk around Glasgow despite the rain and found myself surrounded by beautiful buildings and rainy scenery that made me feel at home. After spending 24 hours in Glasgow, we head back to Canada to spend 24 hours in Halifax before ending the trip in Toronto. The moment I got to my hotel in Halifax I barely moved. I managed to get out of my bed to shower and eat and that’s about it. To say the least, Scotland kicked my ass the first time.
After having one day off in Toronto, I turned right back around and headed back to Scotland for round 2. This time I had a better understanding of what my body would feel like during the trip. So, this time I only napped for 2 hours, not 4 (I know, it sounds stupid, but it made all the difference). By 1:00 I was rested and ready to explore. The rest of the crew had all made plans of their own around Glasgow so, I walked 5 minutes down the road from my hotel and found myself at the Queen Street station and bought a ticket to Edinburgh. After an hour on the train, I got thrown into the most beautiful city my eyes ever did see. I walked up to Edinburgh Castle (which is a damn workout – holy guacamole) and spent almost 2 hours walking around the castle grounds. I didn’t want to leave but apparently the castle has to close at some point so they kicked me out. I took my time walking down the Royal Mile and stopped in every cute little shop I saw until I decided I should probably head back to Glasgow before I put down first and last months rent on a flat in Edinburgh.
The time after Scotland was a bit of a blur because I was so drained from the back to back trips. I believe what came next was Field Trip! Field Trip is a festival filled with music and arts and crafts and family fun. Mine and Lauren’s (my best friend/roommate) 2 other best friends came up to Toronto to spend the weekend with us and partake in some sunshine and singing. Even though my time with them got cut short because I had to go into work, it was just what my soul needed. Sunshine, music, soul sisters. It’s rare these days that we are all in the same city at the same time so to have even just a short amount of time together is all that mattered.
Onto the next adventure… NYC! I started the month of June with a trip to see Stefan in NYC (which is slowly becoming my favourite city and my second home). We both knew that June was going to be a tricky month for us – we both have crazy schedules happening, I’m on reserve at the end of the month, he’s working when I have days off, I’m working when he has days off… the usual. So, after a 13 hour work day, I hoped on the last flight out of Toronto and spent 3 days doing touristy things, learning my New York bridges, and eating cool hand rolled ice cream in Chinatown. For me, there is something so peaceful about this city. It’s sitting in Bryant Park at 11:00 PM while the jackhammering slowly becomes a soothing sound. It’s walking around the Lower East Side doing groceries and not having to carry all the bags by myself. It’s sitting on the red stairs in Time Square taking cheesy tourist pictures. It’s waking up at 3:00 AM stumbling around his apartment in a very tired state so we can both head back to the airport and re-join reality. It’s being there in the moment with my person and feeling like my heart is whole again.
This next adventure still amazes me. I took my momma bear to Punta Cana for her birthday. My mom. The woman who never takes a vacation. The woman who hasn’t been on an airplane in 18 years. I know. It was pretty darn amazing though. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort that I’m able to get a discount with through my work which means we ate a lot of food, went to really cool shows at night, and flipped from the ocean to the pool during the day. It’s been a really weird transition this year not living in the same city as either of my parents so I’m extremely grateful that I have a job that allows me to be able to take them on adventures like this at any given moment.
Well folks, that’s been my life for the past month and a half. It’s been quite the adventure but I wouldn’t want my life any other way. Until next time (which I promise won’t be a month and a half from now)!