Vancouver has been a welcome visit “home” for me. I’ve found that in traveling across Canada this year that I can’t really see myself choosing to live in many places, however this place does feel like my city in some ways. It was the first big city I ever lived in as a young adult – for 5 months back in 2006, and I relished not only the fun you can have in a natural playground like Vancouver, but also the anonymity, the opportunity and the immediacy a big city offers. Staying here in Kitsilano with my inspiring and grounding friend Mark, I’m relaxed and energized at the same time. I’ve caught up with old friends, and even my old boyfriend from the end of university, Binendra. We travelled around Nepal together in 2008 for a month – one of the best trips I’ve ever done. It seemed fitting that we walked through Vancouver’s laughing men statues. This may be my new favourite piece of public art.

Poor Binendra, I introduced him to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and may have created an addict.

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