Amanda the Architect

documenting the projects and inspirations of an unemployed intern architect with some ambition and lots of time

So Long, Canada

It’s official. Moving day is here! I am currently on my way back home to Missouri. I have already made a list of things I will really miss about Vancouver, and I thought it would be a good idea to list things I’ve missed about Missouri while in Canada.

Here it is:

  • JCrew
  • Netflix
  • Old friends
  • Anthropologie
  • Air conditioning
  • Frequent road trips
  • Owning, not renting
  • Alcohol at grocery stores
  • Using credit cards online
  • Amazon.com (.ca is horrible)
  • Being a citizen (less paperwork)
  • A yard (for our dog and a garden)
  • Having a car (for the weekend trips)
  • Less expensive food (everything’s cheaper in general)
  • Not having to share a building with neighbors (turn up the tunes!)
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Back to Springfield

I am getting really excited about the move back to Springfield, Missouri. Here are a few things I am looking forward to:

photo courtesy of Big Smile

  1. Reconnecting with loved ones! The photo above was taken at our wedding in 2008.
  2. Becoming involved in the local community. Specifically I am looking forward to connecting with the USGBC Missouri Heartland Chapter, Young Architects Forum, Springbike Bicycle Club, AIA Springfield, and Habitat for Humanity. I’m sure I can keep busy with this group of people, and hopefully find opportunities to learn, grow, create, and help!
  3. The challenge of staying mostly car-free is a big one. Here in Vancouver, we didn’t bring our car up as we knew it wouldn’t be necessary in this highly livable city. We walk everywhere, use the bus frequently, and bike occasionally. In Springfield, biking will be our main form of transportation, even though we have a car. I am on the market for a quality commuter bike! Any recommendations?
  4. Getting a cellphone (specifically a fancy, shmansy iPhone) with all the trimmings. I have been using Skype and a pay-as-you-go phone here in Canada, as I did not want to sign a long-term contract since we were here for a short period of time (almost 2 years). I’m looking forward to using an iPhone as a multitasking, organizing, connecting tool and exploring the variety of apps!

There is a longer list coming up with less talk, more bullet-points. It will be posted the day of our move, the 15th!

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