Well Kristina’s visit has come and gone. It was a great week! Work has been getting pretty intense and I was in desperate need of some chill time with a good friend. I booked the days off months ago, but things at work had gotten pretty urgent so I was worried taking the time off would be a problem, but fortunately it wasn’t. Really cool of everyone at Longtail to make it work.
After work I walked to the hotel next door and caught a shuttle to the airport. It was great to see Kristina again! One of the bonuses of making more money than I did at BioWare is getting to see the people back home more often. I visited Winnipeg when I moved, then again for my Dad’s wedding, and helped pay for Kristina’s trip. Any time a friend visits I’ll pay half way, figure it’s only fair! (Next summer I want to visit Edmonton, and/or Vancouver too, depending on whether or not I still have friends living in Vancouver by then).
It was a great week! We saw Transformers 3, watched a lot of Community, explored downtown and the waterfront, had a LOT of candy, went out for dinner, caught the gay pride parade with Heidi and then had beers, went to Dartmouth to do some shopping, rented a car and drove to Peggy’s Cove and caught the sunset then ate lobster, and more general silliness. Like I said, it was a great week!
Got a lot of great pics over the week. Including some great photography, especially at Peggy’s Cove. I uploaded all the pics to Flickr, and they can be checked out there! I’ll edit and upload the video to Vimeo soon too, and when I do I’ll post a link here.
Having Kristina here made me realize some things though. Mainly that I’ve been out here for almost a year now, and yet I still act like I’m only visiting. Having a friend here to explore the city with made it feel like a whole new city. I didn’t feel like an outsider in it. After living a year in Edmonton my social life was really starting to flourish, but I also thought I’d live in Edmonton for a long time, maybe forever if I got the fulltime job at BioWare. After the second move I’m a bit more cynical about how long I’ll live anywhere, just the nature of the industry I work in. But that doesn’t mean I should always be an outsider. So I’ve decided to make a more conscious effort to build a life here.
When I dropped Kristina off at the airport we were both sad the trip was over. But it was a great time, and she had to get back to her life in Winnipeg and I had to get working on mine here!