Posted on April 9, 2013
There’s a somewhat odd coincidence that my last update (some nine months ago! Apologies!) involved a trip to SF. Because I now call the Bay Area home. A lot happened in 2012, including leaving Speedhunters, moving to another country and embarking on a new chapter in my life.
This photo was from a couple years ago when I first moved into my Vancouver apartment. I had spent the first three months in temp housing as I waited for my furniture to arrive from Australia.
The whole packing-relocating-unpacking process was exciting the first time around, but having to do it again so soon was painful. The allure of being on an adventure had worn off; leaving behind the stress of applying for visas, breaking leases, selling cars and starting all over again.
Vancouver is undoubtedly one of the world’s best cities. The quality of life, the people, the food, the outdoor activities… the list goes on. Having fallen in love with Vancouver and Whistler I was - and still am - sad to have left. But for a few reasons it was time for a change.
While I’ve loved every single minute of my career, deep down I’ve long felt an urge to explore the world beyond cars. I’ll always be ‘a car guy’ - I’ve been obsessed with everything four-wheeled since before I could walk - but my other lifelong passion has been sports. So when the opportunity arose to join EA SPORTS I didn’t hesitate, and I haven’t looked back since. The catch was that I had to relocate to the Bay Area where Electronic Arts’ HQ is based.
Before I knew it, the months of planning had whittled down to my last few weeks in Vancouver. It was a terrible feeling knowing you were about to leave a city that you’re enamoured with. Like a mad man I crammed in visits to all of my favourite haunts - the sushi joints, the holes in the wall, that kitschy all-pink restaurant with epic banh mi. I gained a few kilos from all the eating but it was effing worth it.
After two amazing years, my time with Vancouver had come to an end and I found myself acclimitising to a new city. The sushi may suck here, but the seemingly never-ending mild, sunny days are a welcome change from the endless greys that Vancouver is known for.
There was no avoiding temp housing, but within a month I found an apartment in Burlingame to call home. Initially I was planning on living in downtown San Francisco, but the travel time to Redwood City (where EA is located) and the fact I saw someone pooping on the pavement was enough to make me defer to the Peninsula.
It’s been a couple months since moving into Burlingame and things are starting to fall into place. It’s a nice neighbourhood, plenty of In-N-Outs and scenic running trails just a short drive away. And although I’m starting to like life in the Bay Area, it still has some big, Vancouver-sized shoes to fill.
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