We are a one-car household:
I think it is a common trend among young families today. Cars are so expensive, and the insurance is too! Fortunately, we live in a community where most of our amenities are within walkable distance. For instance, we have two large grocery stores, two pharmacies, our family dentist, my optometrist, banks and restaurants all within 2 km walking distance from our home. If we need to run out to the big box stores (i.e. Walmart, Costco, Superstore...) we'll plan our trips out there, or tag along with my parents if they happen to be heading that way.
Travel time (is relatively minimal) in Victoria:
There are amenities in pregnancy that I wish were more walkable. For instance, the midwife is a 15 minute car ride, the chiropractor is a 5 minute ride (on the way to the midwife), and our family physician is 15 minutes away. Did you notice a repeat pattern here? Most of our travel isn't more than 15 minutes to anywhere worth going to - with the exception of the ferry, which takes us only 20 minutes to get to! We probably spend $100 or less on gas each month.
Ten days ago, I flew (yes, FLEW) to Vancouver in 20 short minutes. Literally 10 minutes of that was spent in the air. Several friends and fellow colleagues asked me if I would ever move back to Vancouver.
|My sweet ride - only 7 passengers onboard!|
Today? No way.
Wired for Sound?
It's pretty interesting to see how much of an 'Islander' I've become in the last four years that we've been living in beautiful Victoria, BC. I've actually grown accustomed to the slower pace of life, whereas in Vancouver, everything and everyone has to rush off to the next big event. Noise wise, I would say that the Island is peacefully quiet compared to the numerous sirens, honking horns and loud brakes of the buses in Vancouver! Truthfully, I felt a bit wired (or tense) whenever I stepped out of my hotel room. I remember having to turn down the volume on my cochlear implant simply because my brain went through an urban noise shock.
Blessing(s) in Disguise:
I realize not everyone is able to (or willing to) move to a smaller community like we did. Most have to relocate or stay in areas where there are jobs/family support available to them. In financial hindsight, this move has really been a blessing. We purchased our home before real estate really took off. We're able to bike to a lot of places (and get more fit at that too). Most importantly, our family life is more centered; and we've found an incredibly supportive Parish community to boot.
|Can't wait to ride again once baby #2 arrives!|