Beautiful Golden Horseshoe, I will miss you

New beginnings start with goodbyes.

Today, last year, the weather was nice. My hair was short and I was having the worst nose breakout of a lifetime. I bought a new red lipstick called “Budapest.”

Today, this year, the weather is also nice. My hair is long enough for a substantial ponytail and my skin is doing great. I bought an iced coffee and small fries from McDonald’s to fuel my trip home.

The year went by so quickly but it also felt like a lifetime. I went from justifying to people that Kitchener isn’t that bad, to wishing I had spent more time learning to love it.

Even though years have passed, there doesn’t seem to be a change in my tendency to become attached to places rather than people. And I continue to miss fragments of the cities I can’t forget.

June 8, 2017
Not my favourite, but one of my most memorable stories. Uptown Waterloo, art by Paul Roorda
Convocation day, round 2
This October day was filled with the kind of energy I want for the rest of my life.
I’m sorry Yosif. I hope it’s peaceful where you are.
Cold winter combined with precarious shift work is such a combo. I’m surprised I still have a body.
It was a year of trials. Beautiful Waterloo at sundown, December
Most worn items of 2018
Sunsets come in all kinds of colours
Thank you to the people who gave me so much without a second thought.
Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton…until next time. I’ll love you better in my next life.

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