Back Home: Nov 2013 – Feb 2014

I returned to Toronto in mid-November after spending a month in Ecuador. I have been told by several of my more passionate readers that I owe them an update. My thinking was that, once I was home, I had nothing much to say until I make my way back to Ecuador. Oh, about that. Well, as you may have gleaned, I did thoroughly enjoy my trip. I met some interesting people and definitely came away with the feeling that I could live in Cuenca. But, to do that I need to divest myself of everything I have here. I can’t afford to maintain a place in Toronto and Ecuador, so the project for the next few months is to develop and execute an exit strategy.

To launch the next phase of my life, I retired from my job at the Canadian Cancer Society at the end of December, 2013. My years of service (10+) entitle me to receive the Society’s health benefit plan for life. I really couldn’t quit before that (and I really couldn’t convince myself to stay beyond that).

Additionally, I had some medical challenges that required follow-up and I needed a clean bill of health. I now have that. Looking forward, I imagine that it will take me a couple of months to clean up some personal business. By then it will be April or May and, in my view, there is nothing wrong with Toronto summers. So, I have given myself until the fall to get rid of my possessions, give notice to my landlord and pack up whatever I’m taking with me. My soft target is October (but if it’s balmy – I’ll hang in a bit). I have a good friend who has volunteered to let me move in close to my departure. That will give me a place to leave anything I didn’t want to trash but couldn’t dispose of, and, a potential place to stay for visits home (yes, Toronto is always going to be my home).

I do plan to resume blogging in the interim with a focus on my life as a retiree and my progress toward my goal of expatriation.

Now for some pics… . This set is entitled “Winter: Cuenca or Toronto? You tell me!”

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 Well, you get the idea. This is not to say that Toronto doesn’t have an upside. Summer here is all you could ask for.

The flower show:

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Gay Pride Days:

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A sound stage – OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW

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A Toronto Island Pig Roast (with an occasional chicken):

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As you may have guessed, I am a carnivore. Back at ya soon!