I am back home in Vancouver after a little over a week in Nova Scotia for the holidays. I had a wonderful time! I’m often asked if my family knows what I do for a living. They all know to some extent although most of them don’t really understand, none of them are bothered by it. Some of them ask a lot of questions, some don’t ask anything at all. It is clear that I’m healthy, happy & financially secure, which is all that really matters to them. They are perhaps more perplexed about me being 38, unmarried & childless. I am the only one in my large family who didn’t get hitched & have kids before 30. I just shrug & sing: “Single bells, single bells, single all the waaaayyyy…” They laugh & the conversation moves along.
In addition to the family visit I also went out in downtown Halifax three different nights which was a rare treat.
When I was 17 my girlfriends & I started sneaking into bars in Halifax. We had so much fun during the few years I was there before I moved to Vancouver. I haven’t gone out very often in Halifax in the last 17 years but the opportunity presented itself this time & I took full advantage. The vibe in Halifax is great. So warm & down-to-earth. Many people say that Maritimers are some of the friendliest people in the world & I concur.
One night I ran across a live jazz band that was amazing & sat at the bar as friendly stranger after friendly stranger chatted with me. Nothing creepy or cheesy, just nice. Another night I found myself dancing for hours in a bar that felt like a house party while two fella’s played their guitars & sang their hearts out. Everyone was smiling & enjoying the crowd, no pretension, no looking at iphones. Another night I went on a pub crawl, a Haligonian tradition. If you ever get a chance to party in Halifax, no matter your age, go for it. You’ll be welcomed with open arms like you can’t even imagine.
I miss it already & may get back there sooner than usual.
Now I sit here in Vancouver typing this, watching the sun rise (jet lag woke me up very early)…thinking about all my wonderful friends in Vancouver I’ll see in the next few days over New Years. Home is where you hang your hat.