Breaking news! Pegasus has left Paradise!

I regret to inform you that due to challenging immigration conditions, Pegasus has had to fly back to one of her home countries to seek her fortune!

I landed in October back in my hometown, Halifax, Nova Scotia with my new trusty sidekick, Meg the SuperDog. Therefore this blog, which admittedly has been rather quiet since I haven’t been receiving class credit for completing weekly posts, is now being retired permanently!

Grateful thanks to United Airlines for taking excellent care of us on a long journey from San Francisco to Halifax that ended up requiring two hotel stays (I can heartily recommend the Crown Plaza SFO) and many meal vouchers before we made it through to the other side…!

Here we are visiting a local landmark called Peggy’s Cove (seemed like a suitable place for Pegasus to grace with a visit) last weekend, which is about an hour’s drive from Halifax. Apparently during the summer it is rammed with tourists, so it is lucky we went on the off season or you might not have been able to pick us out in the photos!

Meg the SuperDog and Pegasus in Paradise at Peggy's Cove

We probably could have picked a nicer day to visit! Doesn’t Meg look adorbs in her red vest though?

Pegasus in Paradise and Meg the SuperDog at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

I have no idea why I was holding Meg’s paw out like we were dancing – I am sure she doesn’t either!

Pegasus in Paradise and Meg the SuperDog at Peggy's Cove

Meg being stoic in the face of adversity, as only she can!

Pegasus in Paradise and Meg the SuperDog at Peggy's Cove reading the lighthouse plaque

Apparently we should count ourselves lucky, some tourists get swept into the water by rogue waves and aren’t just cold!

Pegasus in Paradise and Meg the SuperDog at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

I love how Meg’s tail blows in the wind and her ears are blown up instead of their customary down position 😀

Thank you to everyone who read, commented on and shared my posts! I will likely begin a new vegan oriented blog once the dust settles from this move, but in the meantime, I will be working on a new Instagram account I created for Meg – which you can find under the handle @megdogstar! Please, like, follow and share my her posts!

So, in the peerless words of Rodgers and Hammerstein, there is nothing left to say but:

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye!
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Yes! I made it to California!

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Seriously. These are the forecasted highs for both places for later this week. And to my American friends, these are in Celsius for the folks back home! I am learning Fahrenheit, honestly!

Even though it has taken every last scrap of my energy, I managed to pack up once again (well, with the help of some swarthy movers, I must admit!) and move countries. I am very glad to be here in beautiful Santa Rosa, California studying at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC).

In my (most recent) previous life in freezing cold (well a few months of the year, anyhow) Toronto, I was working in the research department of a large non-profit. I miss the paycheque, my fun co-workers, my very small number of friends, my beautiful newly painted, well maintained apartment with parquet floors on the top floor of the building (sniff!) and the vegan restaurants (Buddha’s Vegetarian!!!).

I do NOT miss the weather. Goodbye having to spend 15 minutes putting on sweaters under bulky coats, scarves, hats, double leg coverings, gloves, and big boots that would always get stained with salt 2 seconds after you painstakingly cleaned them before you could even leave the building. Goodbye feeling like your fingers were going to fall off if you made the mistake of trying to bike somewhere when it was below zero. Goodbye looking terrible whenever you are outside because you are swaddled like the Michelin Man from head to toe and what parts of you are visible are tearing up or oozing snot from the cold. Goodbye slush!!!!!

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Me at around 6 am (ack!!!) on December 31, gleefully clutching my passport after Saint Peter McCullough helped me retrieve it from my things.

I arrived at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on December 31, 2014, after a panicked evening before in which I forgot to remove my passport from my belongings before having the movers pick them up, and didn’t realize this until after their offices were closed (DOH!!!!). Thanks to the wonderful Peter McCullough of Phillips Moving & Storage who agreed to come in before the crack of dawn on the 31st to help me find it I was still able to catch my flight! From SFO it was on to Santa Rosa, where I stayed in temporary digs for a couple of weeks until finding a permanent place.

Next week: new friends and free food at the SRJC International Student Orientation!! Woot woot!!