Apart from short-ish sojourns in LA, Vancouver and San Diego, I have lived the majority of my adult life in London - England, that is. And I loved it. I lived the good life in a very big city way, and enjoyed pretty much every minute of it. But times change.
After a certain age, family become more important, and at the same time you realise that your parents will not be around forever. Suddenly a 9+ hour flight seems a very, very long way away from the ones you love.
Then there is the slow reckoning of reality. If you are not actually partaking fully in the bars, the clubs, the gigs, the galleries, the socialising and the shopping in an ongoing and meaningful(?) way, is it really worth the transit, the pollution, the crime and the extortionate cost of living, and the inherent stress all these things combine to create?
My husband and I decided it wasn’t, at least not any longer. We realigned our values and decided that extended family, a dog and a garden for the cat were more important than whatever perks the uber-city had to offer. But having said that, we also weren't ready to forego them completely, which is why Kelowna seemed to be the perfect choice for us. It's small enough to get a parking space downtown, but big enough to get sushi and designer coffee in pretty much every neighbourhood. We think we're going to like it here.
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