My Hometown

by Brenna Holeman
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Winnipeg, Canada

I thought that this week would be calm and quiet, but just like that – my schedule is once again full. Between dinner with my sister, writing articles for a few websites, booking a trip to Havana, Cuba in March with Rikki, skyping with Kerri in South Korea, drinks and dinner with girlfriends, dancing with my coworkers on Saturday, and an open-mic night with my neighbours on Sunday, I can’t believe that it is only Monday and already every single night of mine is booked up.

I am the first to admit that I was worried about living in my hometown of Winnipeg for six months; I hadn’t lived here in ten years, and my memories of the city were ones of cold and dark winters, a lack of fun things to do, and very little to keep my mind engaged and my wanderlust satiated. With this six-month stay bookended by two great adventures, however, with fourteen months on the road behind me and another eight coming up in my future, I’m finding the time in Winnipeg to be so incredibly enriching and fun. I’m happy, really happy. I’m making new friends and reconnecting with old friends and laughing more than I can remember ever doing here. I love my house, I love my job, I love my family and friends, I love all of the things I do around town, be they errands or going for a night out or brunch on the weekend. I have crushes on boys and am reading great books and have started eating healthier than I ever have before. To sum it all up, I feel fucking incredible.

It’s so nice to remind myself that I can feel like this when I’m not on the road. My heart will always be out there, sure, but with my flight to Guatemala most likely at the end of April, I know for a fact I will be heartbroken to leave.

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures January 31, 2012 - 2:14 pm

My trip to Cuba changed my life. I have no doubt it will change yours! Enjoy the snow!!!

Christine loves to Travel January 31, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Enjoy Cuba!! Havana is a great city!

Ali Banali January 31, 2012 - 8:31 pm

I can’t wait to go to Cuba too – looking forward to hearing all about it 🙂 xx

Colleen Brynn January 31, 2012 - 8:56 pm

I’m pretty sure I told you “It’s not so bad.”

Angela Hollick January 31, 2012 - 9:08 pm

What gorgeous photos… your hometown is transcendent. Wandered onto your blog from a few others. So fun to read your posts. We wish we were going abroad in our travels. One day! 🙂

Jessie January 31, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Loved this post! One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more of a tourist in my own town!

renee February 1, 2012 - 1:56 am

This made me smile! So glad you’re having a fantastic time

This Battered Suitcase February 1, 2012 - 5:29 am

Andi – I really can’t wait! The snow is lovely but I’m already envisioning the beach and the sun…

Christine – Thank you! It has been a dream of mine to visit there for a long time…

Ali – I wish we were going together!! xx

Colleen – You did tell me, and you were right. 😉

Angela – Thank you so much for your comment! I’m sure you’ll get to travel abroad very soon.

Jessie – That’s a great resolution!!

Renee – Thank you very much!

Ekua February 2, 2012 - 1:54 am

I really love the first shot. I can’t say I want to experience that kind of cold firsthand, but it’s a cool picture. Cuba is something really unique and I’m looking forward to seeing your posts on it. If you’re still planning your trip, I recommend visiting Vinales! Beautiful countryside and charming people. I understand where you’re coming from with the bit about settling into home. Lately, I feel like I’ve found such a great balance between life at home and life on the road and it’s so satisfying!

This Battered Suitcase February 3, 2012 - 2:10 am

Ekua – Thanks for your comment! It has actually been very nice here but I’m sure the cold weather will return. I can’t wait to head to Cuba – I will have to check out Vinales if we get the chance! So far we’re planning on spending the majority of our time in Havana but I’m sure plans will change. And congratulations for finding that perfect balance of home and away!!


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