Sunday, April 1, 2018
It's Official! I Can Announce It!
As many of you know Bernie and I are both transit drivers. I have been behind the wheel for 20 years with a previous career in IT and Human Resources for 12 years. Bernie has been behind the wheel of the bus for 32 years and prior to that worked in a mill, as a care aid, and was a manager at K Mart.
We knew after our trip to Peru last year in January that we needed to move forward in our lives. First thing was to sell our condo. That happened very quickly and we moved into a rental for the past year.
We had been talking about retiring early 2019 but late last year we started to look at moving that date up.
Work was only getting worse both mentally and physically. Physically we were having a harder time sitting behind the wheel for 7.5 hours with no breaks. Our body could just not handle it. Then the final thing was an annoying neighbor in our new place and the road noise at a busy intersection.
So we decide to take the big step and retire earlier.
We can officially report that we are retiring the end of May!
We are moving to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia!
Bernie is from Cape Breton. Sydney Mines to be exact. He still has a lot of family there and one thing we really miss here in Vancouver is family, both Bernie's and mine. Thankfully we have a nephew we see often here.
So moving to Cape Breton will allow us to live very affordably and to travel whenever we want - especially during their winters! We do not plan to be there during the winter.
Not only will we be closer to brothers/sisters, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and so much more. It is only a day's drive to Quebec to see my family. Recently with numerous health scares with some of my family members in Quebec I have felt so far away. Being in Cape Breton means we can hop in the car and visit regularly. I can't wait.
Of course Cape Breton may not be our permanent home but for the time being it is just perfect for the next few years.
I know many of my Facebook friends have noticed we are selling lots of things. This is the reason why, it is cheaper to sell than to ship across the country. Plus we don't really have that much stuff anymore.
We will be driving across the country starting in Late May and all through June. Taking our time and seeing our beautiful country and seeing friends and family when possible. Our goal is to be in Cape Breton by July 1st.
Even though it will be very hard to say goodbye to so many amazing friends we have made over the 20 years for me, and 32 for Bernie, that we have lived in British Columbia we are excited about the next adventure in our lives.
And don't worry I will still be blogging and maintaining my Facebook Page Cruising Princess Cruiseline with Vickie. So make sure you like the page, and subscribe to the blog to follow along.
PS - thanks to many of my friends who have kept our secret quiet, we appreciate it.