Things I miss
Family + Friends- Some I rarely saw, some I saw all the time, some I practically lived with at times. Being this far away from everyone you know is never easy
The Toronto skyline- this one's kinda self explanatory
Walking around at night- this one's a little strange. While it's entirely possible to walk around after dark here, I don't really feel comfortable with it yet. Our first post-dark walk led to a bear and fox sighting within 100 ft of our front door.... awesome but not so awesome
Familiar surroundings- In Guelph if I needed, say, a pair of hiking shoes or a comfy sweater, I knew where to go and I usually had some idea of what it was going to cost. Here? The standard response is... can you get that here?
Cheap Beer- nearly $60 for a 24 of Coors Light... close to $30 for a 12 of Sleeman's Honey Brown. Ouch.
Starbucks- I realize that it seems a little weird to miss your former place of employment but... I do. The people, the customers, the promise of what was usually a decent latte (unless a certain few people were making 'em) all just around the corner from home
Sadie- While technically she should go in under friends and family, I feel that this special puppy deserves a category of her own
Things I love
The people- yes this is a city... but it feels like a small town. When people get to know you they say hi, and it starts happening fairly quickly. Everyone's willing to offer you advice and answer any questions you might have... heck, our landlord gave us a ½ hour long tour of YK before we'd even signed a lease!
The wildlife- okay, so the bears and wolves make me a little nervous but the fact that they're RIGHT THERE is really cool. I'm seeing birds and other random creatures that I'd never see in Ontario... or anywhere else fir that matter.
The Randomness of the Grocery Store- So, we can't find a few things... but we can find all kinds of things that simply aren't available or are very hard to find in Ontario. Summer savoury is in pretty much every grocery store... there's a huge east coast population up here. There are cheeses that I can't wait to try, where else would you find bison burgers in the frozen aisle? Can't forget the availability of my darling auntie's breakfast cereal of choice
The Liquor Store- Not the LCBO. Yes, it's ridiculously expensive. BUT! I'm seeing bottles up here that the LCBO simply doesn't stock... very awesome.
The fact that for the first time I can go back to a place that I lived when I was a little kid.
Tin Can Hill- So pretty, and it's right outside my door.
Great Slave Lake- North America's Deepest Lake... is less than a kilometre away. I really missed the water when I was in Guelph.
In Floor Heating- So this is less of a YK thing and more of an, our apartment thing but my god I LOVE in floor heating. Seriously. Screw sitting by a fire, it's all about standing on your favourite spot for a minute or two and letting your frozen toes thaw out on the floor. It's also fairly fantastic when you leave your towel on the floor while you shower... yay for toasty warm towels. And? I will never have that awful cold floor in the morning feeling.
Sigyn- technically she's not a Yellowknife thing, but she's here with me in Yellowknife aaaaand she's awesome.