I know, it’s been a looonnnng time since we did a blog post. The flurry of activity we had moving back home has finally died down now and I’m pleased to say we’re both nicely settled back in the UK. Leaving Vancouver was as hard as we thought it would be. We stupidly thought that moving out of our apartment and flying home in the same day would be a good idea, but it wasn’t! Not that we had to rush around or anything, but it made the whole experience a lot more stressful! In the days before moving back we discovered that we had acquired A LOT of things since we arrived in Vancouver last year. We ended up taking 4 suitcases back with us which were all ridiculously heavy and practically bursting. To our sheer disbelief we were bang on for the weight allowance though so we didn’t have to pay extra! I even managed to take back this hat which we’d found in a car park.

hat

Taking off from Vancouver was extremely sad, I’m not ashamed to say I did shed a tear or two when the wheels of the plane left the tarmac but I tried to focus on the positives. Annoyingly, we weren’t able to get the two seats on their own that we did when we flew to Vancouver, but we didn’t think it would be a problem. Oh how wrong we were! A lady who was sat next to us was a ‘chatty’ person, which wouldn’t have been a problem really had it not been for the fact that she was totally shitfaced. She kept talking to us when we were watching films, running her hands through the hair of the guy infront of her and going “I shhhouuuldd set youuu up wif my daughterrr…hic!” She was also loudly making friends with a mother and an old man in the aisle opposite her and sharing a 1l bottle of vodka with them, despite the cabin crew telling her she couldn’t have any more alcohol. The mother’s kids were rowdy and were throwing a beach ball around the cabin. Oh and our drunk friend was falling asleep whilst trying to eat her spaghetti, dropping it all down her front. To cut a long story short, I ended up telling the cabin crew that she had a secret stash of drink and there was a big drama and argument between the cabin crew and one of them. All in all a terrible flight! This was all in the space of about 5 hours. Welcome back home! Apart from that which was not the airlines fault, our experience with Air Transat was pretty good and we highly recommend them!

Arriving back in the UK was a bit of an anti-climax, it all felt a bit normal. I was struck by how miserable loads of people looked, lots of tutting and eye rolling and huffing. Vancouver felt very far away.

The next couple of weeks was spent seeing people, visiting my family and friends in Scotland, and gradually adjusting back to life without Canada. It’s been amazing to have a seemingly endless supply of tea, baked beans, cheese and CHOCOLATE! Oh how I’ve missed it! Having British TV back again has been awesome too, although weirdly I do miss ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ from time to time. And we’ve really missed having the sport on TV all the time. Never thought I’d say that! It’s been lovely being back in proper pubs again, and not having to get a server all the time, although we do miss it sometimes. It’s also been amazing seeing our friends and family again and knowing they aren’t far away.

We missed this!

We missed this!

Edinburgh, on our trip to Scotland

Tunbridge Wells, our home town

After the initial excitement of coming home, we knuckled down to the practical stuff. I had a second interview for a job in Tunbridge Wells (I’d had the first phone interview whilst still in Vancouver), I ended up getting the job but absolutely hating it (very boring story, but I’ve got a better job now 🙂 ). Nick had a couple of interviews and ended up getting an amazing job in a digital agency in Tunbridge Wells, and we booked our wedding venues! Date is all set for our wedding for next year and now we can plan the fun stuff! Once we knew we were going to get jobs, we started looking for somewhere to live. We managed to find this amazing house not far from where we used to live in Tunbridge Wells, and the best part is it’s 2 seconds from our friends, Tom and Sarah’s house! It’s also 2 streets away from one of Nick’s sisters, and did I mention it’s amazing?! We practically had to run to the letting agents office to put money down to take it off the market as it was so popular but we got it! Only down side was we couldn’t move in for a month but luckily Nick’s mum was totally fine with us staying with her for longer. It was such a help staying with Nick’s mum, it really helped us get back on our feet 🙂

Our living room, with the all important record player we'd been dreaming of buying for many months

Our living room, with the all important record player we’d been dreaming of buying for many months

In other exciting news we got KITTENS! We’ve been banging on about getting them for ages, so it was nice to finally get them! They are waking us up at ridiculous hours chasing each other around the house but we love them to bits and feel complete now!

Marley

Marley

Jim (Morrison)

Jim (Morrison)

Marley and Jim

Marley and Jim

As for Vancouver, I for one still miss it and think about it every day. I can’t look at pictures of it without getting upset. I can’t believe how lucky we were to live in such an amazing city. I’m missing the mountains already! And the sunsets, sunrises, bars, Tim Hortons, hikes, people, Stanley Park, Granville Island, English Bay, our flat (yeah that one surprised me too), even work! Boohoo, I’m getting sad thinking about it. To be honest I think we both could have managed another 6 months out there. But, we’ve got an amazing summer just starting, loads of things to look forward to, a wedding to plan and life to get on with! I think we will visit Vancouver again one day, but not for a while probably. It’s too upsetting to go back at the moment. So my advice to you, if you are in Canada and are wondering whether to come home or not: the grass is always greener! You always want what you don’t have, and living abroad is no exception. Family and friends are important, and that was the main reason for us coming home. Even if we had managed to stay another 6 months, the pull of friends and family back home would have eventually become too much and we would have come home anyway. I’m sure it’s different for everyone, but for us, friends and family were too important! So weigh up what’s really important to you before deciding whether to come back or not.

One thing to prepare yourself for is the question you’ll get from pretty much everyone: “How was Canada?” We’ve found it to be a hard question to answer; how do we summarise the past year of our lives into one or two sentences? But we always respond with the same “Really good thanks”. What are we supposed to say? It’s hard at first adjusting to life back home, and realising that a lot of things haven’t changed, and that some things have! It’s also hard trying not to talk about Vancouver constantly, which is what we want to do most of the time. People don’t really care about all the stories you have to tell (not meaning this in a bad way!), they are just glad you are back home. This is a hard thing to come to terms with, but you do get used to it.

We will never forget Vancouver, we are so glad we did it and feel very lucky to have been able to see so many amazing things along the way 🙂

We will probably keep the blog going, to update on whatever travel adventure we embark upon next. Just trying to think up a new name!