…where am I, again?

The hardest part of moving to a new city is losing your mental map. In the last three weeks, any time I’ve had to go somewhere I have to hit up GoogleMaps first, with the exception of the grocery store which is within a 5 minute walk of my new house. But anything else – the bookstore, post office, drug store, tea shop – I have to look them up.

It’s most disorienting. And humbling. And exciting.

There are a multitude of good things that come with moving to a new city, too. New restaurants, for one. There’s a Szechuan restaurant across the alley from us (called, succinctly enough, Szechuan Restaurant) that’s absolutely delicious. I’ve also found a Chinese grocery and a climbing wall in the neighbourhood, although I haven’t yet visited either one.

There’s also new places to go, like new indie movie theatres – where I saw The Increadable Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. If you can get your hands on a subtitled version, do it. It’s absolutely delightful! But keep your eyes peeled – apparently it hasn’t had a wide release in English and the dubbed version was done especially for the film festival circuit.

My next mission is to find a good bookstore. In the mean time, I think I’ll finish making cantaloupe pickles.*

*I’m totally not joking!


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