This passed weekend, I hopped over to Victoria for two, short days to visit friends, to take in an international rugby match and to just get away.
Travel, no matter how near or far, helps me when I’m looking for perspective, to be reinvigorated or to be lit up again. Anyone living in Canada knows that February tends to leave a lot to be desired so I was definitely looking for something.
Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, is a quant little city on the very far left coast, it’s sleepy yet vibrant and has sort of a laid back, almost hippy feel to it. It has a ton to offer including some incredible brunch spots ( The Village, Jam Cafe, Mo:lé Restaurant and Blue Fox Cafe), great restaurants (Little Jumbo), home to North America’s second oldest Chinatown and some fantastic used vinyl shops.
You would think this post would be all about the great places I went and the awesome things that I saw. But keeping with the theme of boundless adventure, this little getaway was in line with my path to self-discovery. About finding myself and my place on this earth, about finding what feels right.
That weekend, I walked away with a feeling. A feeling that there is something inherently perfect about island life. The way of life isn’t for everyone, but coming from an island, it’s something I just get and connect to. Everything moves two steps slower, things are just a little more laid back and there is a certain warmth in being engulfed by water. It’s like there’s an understanding with islanders that the weather is a little harsher and the terrain an little bumpier, but thats what brings the community together.
It’s almost like a survival of the fittest scenario. This is especially true coming from Newfoundland where the weather is so extreme. The winds on average feel like 100 km/h and it can be summer and winter in the same day. I’m convinced it’s mother natures way of weeding out the weak.
In my travels and the constant search for the place that is the best fit for me, there is just something that draws me to islands. They are special, the people a little different, the lifestyle a little more enviable. Not to mention, in comparison to Vancouver, the housing a little more affordable (And they have houseboats – I love houseboats!).
Victoria might not be the perfect place for me right now but it reignited a feeling that I miss. If only it was an average of 15 degrees warmer, it would be perfect!
The search continues!