First of all, I apologize for the last few weeks with no updates. It could not be helped. Other aspects of life have taken on a new sense of urgency and priority.
As some of you are no doubt familiar, my wife works for the Canadian Government as a diplomat. Early in January, we found out that the Canadian mission in Geneva wanted her to relocate to Geneva for the next three years…immediately.
Needless to say, we were stunned. There had always been the possibility of relocating with Leigh’s job but we had no idea that things would move so quickly. Therefore, the last few months have been a frantic rush of packing, inventory making, and generally preparing to leave our lives in Canada for the next three years.
We basically just bought a case of maple syrup
We were very fortunate that Leigh’s job allowed her some time to get things prepared for our move. She left mid-March. I, however, decided to stay back until the end of June so that I could finish the academic year with my students. I did not feel it would be fair to leave them in the middle of the year. No need to add to the already stressful job of being a middle-schooler.
Nonetheless, as I look out my window and see mountains of snow that do not look like they will melt anytime soon, I wonder if I should not have just left with my wife and enjoyed the weather Geneva has to offer.
A little rainy but it beats snowbanks any day
I can’t even remember the last time I experienced outdoor temperatures that were positive numbers.
Also, my wife says Geneva is a city of motorcyclists. Every night she tells me stories of motorcycle-only parking, streets thick with motorcycles and gorgeous roads and scenery to while away my hours. She makes it sound like a vehicular promised land and I can not wait to get there and begin riding.
My brother got me this book as a gift when he found out we were leaving:
Can you even imagine?
Every night, as a bundle up with several blankets to keep myself from freezing, I look through this book and plan how I will conquer all the exceptional roads that will be offered to me once I arrive in Europe.
I will be joining my wife at the end of June and will start riding soon after I arrive. I will be continuing this blog while we are abroad and I will endeavour to chronicle all my motorcycle experiences in Geneva.
Over the next couple of months I will be busy packing up the rest of our worldly possessions (humans LOVE stuff), looking for someone to rent our house and I have a multitude of little administrative tasks I need to perform before leaving. You can not just move to another country – you have to fill in a bunch of forms. They do not feature that tedium on House Hunters International!
I will be updating this blog as often as I can, but any inconsistencies are due to my hectic schedule. I look forward to have more time in Geneva.
Have you ridden in Europe before? What are the roads I must ride? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!