Some of you have asked if I'll continue blogging after we move. Mais oui! I originally started this silly thing as a way to update friends and family, and as a way for me to process (by writing) the many changes we're experiencing. I had no idea it would take on a life of its own, but these two purposes still stand. I will absolutely be reporting on our new lives, our impressions of our little corner of Canada.
Our little corner of Canada. That has a nice ring to it.
However... many of the changes we'll experience after we touch down in Port Credit will have little to do with Canada.
It's very common for one's standard of living to rise dramatically after leaving New York City. It's expensive here. In the US, probably only California's Bay Area rivals the cost of living in New York.
Every New Yorker has had a friend, co-worker or neighbor who visits [insert name of smaller city here] and comes back raving about how they could rent a three-bedroom house for what they're paying for their apartment. I've been hearing this half my life. My answer has always been, yeah, but then you have to live in [smaller city]. This is not to put down that city. It may be perfect for the person in question. Just not for me. The idea of renting or owning a home in Austin, Minneapolis or Charlotte (all fine cities) was never appealing.
But now that we're leaving the city, certain advantages are thrown in the package. We don't have a dishwasher and we do our laundry in a laundromat. (Does this sound barbaric to you? It's not at all unusual in NYC.) We don't own a car. Although in recent years we've been financially able to rent one whenever we need to, most shopping and errands involve schlepping around with packages, often on the subway. And of course, we don't have a backyard or any outdoor space, the only aspect of life in a private home that I've ever missed.
In the last few years, I've been finding all of this more tedious. We've put up with it without much question, because we wanted to be in New York City. But as we get older, the trade-off that is New York for the not-rich has become less obvious. I was seriously considering leaving the city when the idea of moving to Canada came up, and the two ideas dovetailed.
Now all this will change when we move. Dishwasher, washer/dryer, big backyard - and car. Cumulatively, our lives will become a good deal more convenient. I am reeeeeally looking forward to it!