The third and final
I love new challenges.
In April 2009, I quit a well paying job in Ontario to move to Winnipeg, MB. When I arrived, I had no apartment, no job, knew very few people (less than 5), and literally had to start from scratch. Within a year, I made friends for life, found a really great job, and had a great apartment in the hippest part of the city.
But something wasn't quite right.
Don't get me wrong: Winnipeg is a great city. But after giving it some thought, I realized it wasn't for me. I needed to be near the ocean, near my family, and see more of the country. So in June of this year, I gave notice to my work and decided to do it all again... this time, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
My brother moved here about 6 years ago, and so of course, my mother came out to visit a number of times. She fell in love with the place immediately, and upon retiring, made the move herself. Now, after visiting a few times myself, here I am.
Since my arrival a week ago (after a very long and eventful trip), I've fallen in love with the city. The extraordinarily friendly people, the endless pubs downtown, and the gorgeous waterfront that never seems to be more than 200 feet away.
In the coming months, I'm mostly looking forward to discovering what sort of music the city (and province) has to offer. I'm a musician myself, and have worked in the industry for many years. There were some great acts like Rich Aucoin and The Stanfields that I caught about a month ago in Toronto, and no doubt, there are more.
I'm also looking forward to exploring the city and finding its' pulse. I've done all of the tourist-y things on previous visits, and now, it's time to get a feel for how normal Haligonians live.
Lastly, I'm looking to meet some great people to share some good times and cold drinks, to make memories and friends, and hey, maybe I'll even find true love. That's what's so great about starting over: you don't know what to expect.
So here I am, once again, in a new city. No job, no apartment, few acquaintances, and many challenges ahead. And of course, I'm loving every minute of it. After all, I've been here before.