I lived in Vancouver for almost a year back in 2014, so it was very much like returning to an old friend when I visited with my family last summer. I never fully appreciated all Vancouver had to offer whilst I was living there, till I was back there as a tourist. A beautiful gem of city nestled on the coast with easy access to both white sandy beaches and downhill skiing all within an easy journey. Part of me felt the loss from ever having left. It’s easier to look at things through rose tinted glasses once their gone, but it’s also a lesson in appreciating what’s right there in front of you.
Our trip, part visiting our Canadian family part vacation, was a busy one. Given I’m now an adult, with most of my family holidays far behind, its rare for us to all travel together. I tried to sear all the moments, from driving across BC from Vancouver to Whistler to my grandmothers cabin, into my mind. Even a stopover in Clinton at a cosy coffee shop is a sacred memory, from the overly frothy coffee to the angry house we spotted across the street. A reminder that these fleeting moments together are to be treasured.