"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving."
This past week was definitely a test from life to see how many bad news I could handle at once. It just takes one day for the whole course of your life to change. Come end of February, I will be “kicked out” of my life here in Montreal. Originally, I only planned to stay in Montreal for a year but seeing how much I loved living here I decided I wanted to stay and extend my visa. After waiting weeks for a response from the Canadian Immigration, I find out that my application has been denied. My heart broke a little but at the same time I know this “rejection” is for the best. It’s time for me to start again somewhere else and keep traveling. Montreal has been amazing despite the extreme cold weather and lack of sun. So now I have to pack my life back up and return to the states for a while until I finish planning out my next travel/ living situation. I’m excited at the uncertainty. Until then, I have an entire wonderful month left in this beautiful city.
"We look up at the same stars, and see such different things."
I don't know who you are but I stumbled upon your blog, and I must wanted to say congratulations on living life to the fullest. Keep fulfilling your dreams even if you know where you'll end up next.
Thank you so much :) It’s really nice that you took the time to look at my blog. I really appreciate it. I hope you are fulfilling your dreams as well.
Going over old pictures and it’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since I graduated school, went to Brazil for the first time, and then moved to Montreal. Moving to Montreal was one of the best choices I ever made and I wouldn’t change anything about my experience there this past year. The struggles I went through, the people I met ( and probably shouldn’t have met) , the jobs I had, everything has led me to this moment where I am now. 2013 has been an amazing year. I traveled more than I expected and I am grateful for that. I went to Brazil, Colombia, Spain, South Africa and back to Florida for the holidays.
iSo much happens in a year and then again nothing happens at all. I find myself laying down in the same bed I did a year ago, contemplating my future and worrying about moving to Montreal. Now it’s all happening again with my move to South Korea, but this time I have less worries and more things to look forward to. I don’t know what it was, but my trip to Brazil changed the way I viewed life and taught me that sometimes not having expectations can really make you appreciate and enjoy moments more. My goal now is to travel as much of this Earth as possible and take in all that traveling has to offer.
( sunset at Ipanema Beach)
Whenever my head is spinning with ideas, questions and problems, the first thing I do ( on a warm day) is grab my bike and ride. I ride until my mind clears up. Today was probably not the day to do that, since it is winter and -14 degrees celsius physically hurts a lot. But how else will I clear my mind?
In less than two months I won’t be in Montreal anymore. The worse part is, I have no idea where I’ll be. At this point I don’t belong anywhere. Not in New Mexico since my childhood home was recently sold. Not in Florida because.. well.. I don’t want to live in Florida. And not in Montreal because my work holiday visa is expiring. After almost a full year living in this lovely city, I begin to wonder why life works the way it does and why my amazing time here has to end the way it’s ending.
Part of me wants to stay and deal with the immigration/paperwork that comes with staying. (but that would also mean leaving Canada for a while). And part of me wants to leave because I know deep down that I have lived amazing moments and experiences with incredible people that I can never recreate. If I stay I will expect another epic spring/summer/fall and I’ll be let down if it turns out to be disappointing.
In a few hours, I have a job interview that if I get, would move me all the way around the world. Isn’t that what I wanted?… To be out of my comfort zone and travel around the world and somehow make a difference?… I think the choice has already been made.