Greetings from Montreal!
The “S” in the title refers to all the stuff going on:
– I’ve Sold my Montreal condo and will be Signing off on it tomorrow
– I’ve Shipped all our belongings from our Storage unit in Montreal to our new home in Croatia. As I write this, a 20ft container with all our Stuff is on a Ship crossing the Atlantic to Split.
(ok, I promise I won’t highlight anymore S’s)
Lissette and I have both lived 20+ years in Montreal. 3 years ago we rented out our condo and put all our stuff in storage not knowing if full-time travel would be for us. During that time we’ve realized that we love our new lives and that there is a 99% probability that we will never live in this city again. Maybe I’ll write about that one day. So I came here (by myself) and have spent the last 2 weeks taking care of divesting ourselves of the last of our physical assets in Montreal.
I leave on Saturday (June 10) but not for Croatia. On Saturday I’m going to Mexico where I’ll have my 1st solo trip since meeting Lissette 12 years ago: I’ll be spending 9 days crossing the Copper Canyon by train and doing some hiking and other adventure activities (including the longest zipline in the world). I’ll then meet up with my mom (who lives in San Miguel de Allende) and together we’ll go to Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas where I’ll have another week of mountain adventures. Altogether, I’ll be 3 weeks in Mexico.
Above: Copper Canyon, Northern Mexico (Photo Credit to Matt, the Expert Vagabond)
Meanwhile, Lissette is in Split waiting for that container to arrive. That should happen the last week of June. When it gets delivered she’ll be setting up our place in Split. The idea is to rent it out on Airbnb for the beginning of August. It’ll look fantastic.
The above will culminate 7 months of administrative things. We’ve had an incredible 1st half of the year finding an apartment in Split, getting our 1 year temporary Stay, and now selling the condo and bringing all our stuff to Split.
The 2nd half of the year should be back to the usual: travelling.
In August/September we plan on visiting Prague (our usual stopover for dental work and medical checkups) before going on to Moravia, the eastern part of the Czech Republic (or Czechia as people are calling it these days), southern Poland, and the Ukraine. Nothing’s been booked yet but that’s the plan.
We’ll come back to Split sometime in late September – but we’re planning an Autumn road trip (renting a car) that will take us through the Balkans. We’d like to see more of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia (where we had a great experience last December), Macedonia, Albania (one of the few countries in the region we haven’t been) and Montenegro.
We don’t know exactly how all the above will fall (too many things up in the air right now) but as you can see we have a lot of travel plans for the 2nd half of the year.
I have a couple of posts coming up in the next little while:
– A guest post on the 5 Best Hikes in South Africa. I never have guest posts on the blog but you’ll see why I’m accepting this one.
– The absolute worst thing about being a full time traveller. I’ll leave you guessing for now.
– I’m going to write about shipping stuff overseas. Our experience having our belongings shipped from Canada to Croatia has been really educational and anyone considering doing something similar might learn something.
– I have a couple of posts on some really interesting spots we recently visited in Croatia.
– I’ll have a whole bunch of posts (and video) on my upcoming adventures in Mexico including that famous El Chepe train ride through the Copper Canyon.
– I think I’ll write a post about travelling solo. I miss Spanky a lot, in all we’ll be separated for almost 7 weeks while I’m in Canada and Mexico (I’m back in Croatia early July). But I think couples also have to travel solo sometimes. I’ll explain why.
Most of my posts are spur-of-the-moment but that’s what’s on the agenda for the next little while. A few things could change.
A few things about being back in Montreal
In the meantime, I have a few more days in Montreal. I was going to write a few words about what it’s like being back to a city that I lived in 20+ years but I went back to a post I wrote 2 years ago (the last time we came back) and realized that I wrote then exactly what I’m feeling now. Certain things are worse like traffic and construction. Coming in from the airport I kept thinking to myself “when did Montreal become such a shithole?”. I’ve never seen Montreal look so bad. On the other hand, Montreal is a very international city and has lots of life. And this trip was especially special because I got to spend time with my son. As I wrote, it’s always bittersweet coming home.
Below: Me and my son Benjamin, and my dad and his wife Louise. Lots of catching up on this trip.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!
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