How 2 weeks turned into 2 years – Part 5

Alright.

Wow.

What a journey.

Relationship status is official.

Facebook status updated.


As always, before we dive in, check out the journey starting at Part 1 and work your way through Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 for a bit of background on the story below.

Thanks again for joining the journey about a vacation romance that blossomed into a full blown relationship.

OK, enough preamble, let’s go!


 

So, relationship mode engaged. I still had my job in resources that required me to fly to work for 3 weeks every month. Due to the nature of the project I was working on (and the industry as a whole), my contract could be up at any time. An attitude I had assumed from the very beginning of my contract was an acceptance that any given month could be my last one. As it happened, I continually had my contract extended and renewed with other companies working on the same site.

Apparently I had the right attitude.

So with the freedom to travel each and every month, my girlfriend and I set off on adventure after adventure, keeping the spirit of travel that had brought us together alive.


 

There were a couple of trips to Thailand,

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Maya Bay, Thailand
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Maya Bay, Thailand
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Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
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Jungle outside Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Jungle Trek – Chiang Mai, Thaliand

 

A return trip to Indonesia, on the island of Gili Trawangan (Gili T),

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Looking towards Lombok – Gili T, Indonesia

 

With a bit of the Australian countryside mixed in,

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Crocodile Farm – Cairns, Australia
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Daintree Rainforest – North Queensland, Australia
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Rainbow Bay, looking towards Surfers Paradise (top right) – Queensland, Australia

 

And a trip to Canada to get my visa activated (read at the start, renewed contracts and continued employment meant I applied faaaaaaaar too early, hence this trip before the Visa expired),

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Lake Louise – Alberta, Canada
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Memory lane on Banff Ave – Banff, Canada

 

Which we returned to our new home in Brisbane, Australia.

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Brisbane City – Queensland, Australia

 

Oh and did I mention another trip to Indonesia after 3 weddings of some of my closest friends??

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Kuta Beach sunsets – Bali, Indonesia
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Freeing the turtles on Kuta Beach – Bali, Indonesia
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Single Fin, where it all began – Uluwatu, Bali

 

And just before up and moving ourselves to Canada permanently, we squeezed in a trip to the widely assumed capital of Australia,

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Opera House & Harbour Bridge – Sydney, Australia
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Bondi Beach – Bondi, Australia

 

And we finally made it back to Canada for an amazing winter to start the next chapter of our lives.

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Edmonton – Alberta, Canada

 

It wasn’t all fairy tales and sunsets, rainbows and lollipops. We had to work hard to get here.

There were extremely hard, emotionally charged conversations.

There were numerous hard decisions both financially and emotionally. Planning on where we would live, how we would support ourselves, and what our goals and expectations were for the future.

But at the end of the day, we got through them. We found an amazing apartment to live in Vancouver, and we finally started to settle down for the first time in the last 2 years.

We’ve squeezed in a lot of adventure in this post, and even more throughout the last 2 years. In between all those trips was extended absences while at work, ever present Australia visa considerations for my girlfriend as her work permit expired during her extended stay in Australia. She had to transfer to a visitor’s visa which meant leaving the country every 3 months, which was amazing as far as travel was concerned, but a strain on finances due to the inability to work legally.

Like I said, not a all rainbows and lollipops.

We’re not quite at the end of our story just yet, so as we furnish our new life, in our our new apartment, in our new city, the future still holds a few more surprises.

 

To be continued …


 

Thanks for joining us, we’re almost up to the present day.

This post was a photographic exposé of the constant movement and change we have seen in the last 2 years. Ups, downs, and everything in between.

Like any good story, the end is not clear, and there is more than likely a few more bends in the road to come.

So if you enjoyed Part 5 please let me know by liking, sharing, following and signing up for my blog via email to make sure you don’t miss Part 6!

If you missed Part 1Part 2, Part 3 Part 4 and want to catch up on the story, click the links. Don’t be afraid, go on, do it!

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