This winter season brings our one year (and one month) of downtown apartment living to an end. And all I really have to say is, it's time to move on.
I really have enjoyed the opportunity to live in a downtown apartment, and I would do it all over again. But just like our sailing experience, there was a definite moment when we realized we were done and ready to go "home." Funnily enough, the end of both experiences coincided with winter weather. But let's face it, nothing is quite as enjoyable or convenient in winter as it is the rest of the year.
It's interesting how quickly we start taking small conveniences for granted. We moved into the apartment straight from the sailboat, so automatically everything seemed bigger and easier and just plain more enjoyable. The living space was small, but much larger than the boat, and the kitchen had a dishwasher and a fridge and a regular sized oven! We had to walk up and down three flights of stairs to bring loads of groceries in or take the dog outside to the yard space, but hey, we actually had a car to transport our groceries, and we didn't have to use a dinghy just to get to shore! Even noisy neighbors seemed amusing rather than annoying after spending so much time by ourselves.
Eventually the novelty of these things began to wear off. Combined with the fact that a lot of the benefits of living downtown, like walking to dinner and outdoor festivals, weren't really feasible in the winter, and the fact that we're looking forward to moving into the house that we're renovating, we're ready to say goodbye to downtown living. Some people are cut out for it, and some people aren't. I was cut out for it for exactly one year, no more, no less.
One highlight of this winter that I will always remember fondly is the first day of the first real snowfall. The city was so quiet and pretty, and we bundled up and walked down the street to the best pizza place and it was the perfect way to spend our first snow day of the year downtown.
I am so grateful that we were able to have this experience, and even more grateful to be moving on to a new place that we are excited about calling "home."