It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. Okay, my summer didn’t compare to the French revolution – but if someone told me Charles Dickens was actually just an introvert at a huge scientific conference, I would probably believe it.
Conference travel. The excitement, the pleasure, the interest, the learning; the sheer overwhelming exhaustion from being “on” around strangers for a week straight. I met, I networked, I learned, I talked research, I Tweeted. And I came home completely wiped out of all social capability.
What a glorious summer it has been! On the one hand, I can’t believe it’s August already; and on the other hand, I don’t know how I squeezed so much summer into a few short months! Wanna hear a quick run-down of our adventures? Read on…
I love good food, especially when other people make it. I’ve found the Saskatoon restaurant scene particularly interesting – North American food culture is so different to Melbourne, and the range of dining options available here is perhaps surprising given the town’s isolation and size. It’s taken us a while, but we’ve spent the last year checking out most of the local eateries By no means exhaustive, here’s my shortlist for the visiting foodie.
As spring slowly moves across Saskatchewan and the snow drifts turn to monstrous puddles, spring marks a whole year that we’ve been here in Saskatoon. A year! We’ve settled in, explored, built routines and found our feet. We’ve made new friends, and missed old ones. And I’ve fallen in love with this town; its people, its bridges, and its huge, living sky.
Three months into our journey, I wrote a post about all the little things I was missing from home. Now, all these months on, I want to do the opposite – to celebrate the things I love about Canada, about Saskatoon, and about the piece of life we’ve carved out here.
For some years, I’ve considered the overwhelming adoption of Halloween in Australia to be a highly offensive invasion of American culture. But the last couple of months has given me an important life lesson in perspective:
It’s October – and Saskatoon has already had its first snow fall! Yes, it was a little wet, but it was soft and powdery and pretty and delightful. We have some warm (well… relatively speaking) weather predicted, so this fall might not stay on the ground, but it certainly does herald the beginning of the winter season. I think I can safely bet that it’s about to get cooooold.
Fortunately, we have a whole swag of awesome stuff to help keep us warm! Just for a bit of fun, here’s a run down of our winter warmers.
Some time late last year, before any of us knew quite where in the world Saskatoon was, I dropped a bit of a bomb on you. There was good news – I got a job! Hooray for me, years of hard work and lab labour paid off! I’m going to earn a real salary and have a real career! You raised me to be an effective adult member of society! But oh, the bad news… It’s in Canada. As in, Canada. I’m moving. To Canada. I’m moving to Canada.
It’s been too loooonnnnggggg!! I’m sorry for the long long absence, guys. I’ve had some exciting things going on recently which A) is why things have been so quiet on the blog-front, but also B) means I have some fun stories coming up!
Summer is drawing to a close here, and while I watch the weather back home go from cold to dreary and back again, I must say – summer in Saskatoon is spectacular! And so much fun. Food, festivals, friends and family; long, bright days and evening thunderstorms. And I promise, you will hear it all!
In the interim, here’s a quick teaser…
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It’s our 3-month Canniversary!! Yes, it’s been three months since we landed, chilly and travel-weary, in then-snowy Saskatoon. Yes, you’re welcome to steal that terrific pun.
I’ve repeatedly heard that 3-6 months is peak homesick time, and I have to say, I hope it’s true. I’ve been missing home a lot over the last few weeks – I had my first birthday away from home, I got sick, and I’ve been missing the people that mean the most to me (y’all know who you are).
So I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I miss from home – and it’s more than this. But since I think this is the kind of list which might change over time, I really wanted to document them. To be honest, I also wanted to share a few of them, so that you can all lament with me. Btw, if any of you are planning on sending a care-package, let this be your inspiration!
I came home today to not one, but two wonderful surprises – packages from Australia! I’ve been feeling a little homesick lately, and I can’t begin to express how thrilled I was to come home to these gifts. I’ve received a few other parcels and packages in recent weeks, so I thought I might take a moment to share them.