Taking Off

Countdown: 18 days until take off!

Time is passing at light speed. I can not believe I will be on the other side of the world in just over 2 weeks. It’s just starting to actually set in and I am really really excited. At the same time I am feeling a bit more blue about leaving then I had expected. I can say with surety that I love love love where I live.

I have adored spending the fall at home rather than at school. This season has offered me time to explore new interests and spend more time with my family. I have been keeping busy by reading, knitting, and cooking.

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Fall apples in the backyard
I have cherished every moment of this time – despite often feeling a bit like a grandmother! While I was in school I was bad at finding time for hobbies and I lost most interest in reading for enjoyment as there was always so much textbook reading to be done. I have found it quite lovely that books are a bigger part of my life again. It has allowed me to spend time learning about topics that mean a lot to me, like food insecurity and environmental issues. Luckily these are all hobbies I can bring along with me while travelling.

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My mom enjoying the scarf I made her
Despite how it may sound I have also been working. My time has been split between two totally different jobs. I have been baristaing (I swear that has to be a word) at The Vic Cafe, and helping out on the farm at Vicki’s Veggies. This has been a super cool balance.

At the farm I get to be outside and spend time working with an awesome group of people. There is nothing better than soaking up the November sun, with your hands in the dirt, pulling the sweetest carrots from the earth that you have ever tasted. I also had the chance to help out with the production process of some of the farm’s organic preserves like hot sauce, pickled peppers, and powdered garlic. If anyone is wondering there are still lot’s of Vicki’s veggies available in places around town like Sobeys and the Agrarian, and the farm just released an online store.

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Planting 1000’s of garlic at Vicki’s
Whereas at the cafe I am interacting with customers of all types and ages. The Vic has been quite special to me, as a business they are doing something different than others in the area, I really liked being a part of that. The atmosphere, the food, and the people are all splendid. If you haven’t been here yet you should take some time to check it out. They also have the most comfortable bench along the length of the tables, I would highly recommend snuggling up here with a good cup of joe in the morning!

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The Vic Cafe
Best fall season yet!! As work rolls to an end I am feeling very grateful. Grateful for the changing of seasons, grateful for my family that has supported every decision I have felt is right, grateful for the opportunity to see the other side of the world and finally grateful for the community that I call home. I guess it’s time to get packing!

Alex

3 thoughts on “Taking Off”

  1. Great to hear what you’ve been up to! I hope you keep writing here while you’re traveling to share your adventures.
    Hugs,
    c.

  2. So very happy for you Alex and so excited for the next few months that lie ahead. You are an incredible soul and I’m so happy you have a chance to follow your heart in a direction so filled with beauty. X

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