Welcome to our monthly series we are running on Flat Earth! Our weekly blogs only touch the surface of what we’ve been up to, so we’ve decided to dive in a little deeper every month so you can see what travelling and living abroad is really like.
Recap our previous entries here.
Places Visited: Nelson (BC), Kokanee Creek Provincial Park (BC).
Settling into Nelson. October had been our busiest month of the year so far (read our round-up here) and so the shock of an empty calendar in November threw us a bit. But, having so much time on our hands has enabled us to slowly slip into Nelson life. We’ve sampled coffee and food all over town, been welcomed by the friendly locals and spent evenings making new friends over a locally brewed pint.
We couldn’t have picked a better place to spend the winter season than Nelson. The town seems to have been purposefully built for us. The coffee is delicious, there are three breweries in town (all of which are great), the people are so welcoming and accommodating and most of all, everyone is just so relaxed! After the madness of Toronto, it’s been great to sample the slower way of life here and to appreciate our beautiful surroundings.
Hiking to Flag-Pole. There are so many great hikes in this area but none as accessible as Pulpit Rock. This is a classic Nelson hike and a great introduction to the outdoor lifestyle here. We met up with a fellow English couple and puffed our way all the way to Pulpit Rock. Re-invigorated by the incredible views we trudged on further to the flag-pole. This additional section was really tough, especially due to the non-existence of exercise in our lives, but more than worth it.
The view was even better than Pulpit and it just so happened to be one of the last clear days we had this month! The day after our hike, the mountain was covered in snow.
Dealing with the cost of relocation. As we mentioned in last month’s round-up, moving across the country comes with a hefty price-tag. After forking out for our Nova Scotian road-trip, we were already hobbling into Nelson with less than ideal bank balances. With new phone contracts, apartment deposits and ski gear to fund, we ended the month still unemployed and with dwindling dollars.
Being fun-employed. After working as hard as we did in Toronto, we both thought that we would relish a whole month off work. However, after a couple of days spent catching up on Stranger Things, Narcos and Blue Planet, we were out of shows and bored with spending our days on the sofa. Not having a car in Nelson is a bit tricky as there are hundreds of hikes and adventures to be had just outside of city limits. We did manage to escape town a couple of times but the majority of the month was spent impatiently waiting for the season to begin.
Most Liked Instagram Photo
As well as being our most liked photo of the month, this snap happens to be one of my favourite photos I’ve taken in Canada so far! It slowly revealed itself after a couple of editing tweaks and I couldn’t be happier with it. As well as being a stunning view from our hike up Pulpit Rock, it really reminds me of the new opening scenes of Disney films. Can you imagine the Disney Castle hiding deep in the valley? Just me?!
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Destinations of the Month
Well, there’s slim pickings this month! After a jam-packed October, November was mainly spent pin-balling between Nelson‘s many coffee shops. That being said, we have never felt so at home so quickly in a town as we did here. So much so that we are contemplating using Nelson as a base for our future travels. If we stretch our stay here out into the warmer months then it would enable us to save more money and put down a few roots. But who knows, let’s see how the winter goes first!
Coming up Next Month
Hopefully December will be a bit busier than this month! The start of the ski season will see us finally rejoin the workforce and get out on Whitewater Resort’s famous slopes. December will also mark another Christmas spent away from home but we will try to make the most of having a guaranteed white Christmas!
If we don’t check in again before the festive season then we hope you have a great one, wherever you are in the world.