“My dream is to walk around the world.”

It’s almost one year to the day that we came to live in England and we’ve decided that we’re going to stay. With our careers taking off and our EU citizenships giving us permission to live and work here, we’re now seeing our futures more and more entwined with this place. As soon as Curran is finished his Law degree here in Leeds, we’re heading to London: Curran on a pre-arranged training contract at a London law-firm, me for my prospective post-doc.

I wouldn’t say I miss Canada, per se. I do miss its people — our wonderful family and friends —  and love returning to visit, but when we sit here late at night musing and dreaming about the next big steps in our lives I always picture us here. There’s so much more of the world I want to explore. Living in Europe is our key, giving us the career prosperity to live a life of travel and adventure, not just one-off excursions of the tourist variety.

I’ve never been more excited about the rest of my life. For a while, I felt like I was at the end of something; the end of my PhD, the end of my single life, the end of my time in Canada. Now, I feel more than ever that I’m at the beginning of something incredible and bright. That I’m still curious and in awe of the world and its people. That I’m still brand new, ready to learn and experience new stages in my own life. I am incredibly proud that all of this hard work has yielded a position in a career I love with a husband who is happy and successful in his own right, and that together we’re building a wellspring of resources to travel, to write, to explore for the rest of our lives.

My current feelings about this new decision are encapsulated by Maira Kalman: “My dream is to walk around the world. A smallish backpack, all essentials neatly in place. A camera. A notebook. A traveling paint set. A hat. Good shoes. A nice pleated (green?) skirt for the occasional seaside hotel afternoon dance.” — Maira Kalman, “Cherubim and Seraphim,” from her Pursuit of Happiness blog in the New York Times.

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