Adapting to Whistler

By now, Jess and I are pretty settled in our lives here in Whistler.

We arrived in Whistler almost five months ago. While we’d booked accommodation ahead of time with a little bit of advice that a person we’d never met had given us, we didn’t particularly know much about the place. Sure, we knew it was one of the best ski resorts in the world. We knew the bike park was going to be awesome too, but we didn’t know how to get to our accommodation from the bus terminal, or where the nearest shops were.

Having spent 3 months backpacking beforehand, I guess we just thought that we would “figure it out when we get there”, and in reality that is exactly what we have done.

While we are learning things about Whistler all the time, it is a really cool feeling to know things about a completely different place in the world. We saw a lot of things in Europe, but we didn’t spend a great deal of time in any one place.

We are at the point where we really have some normality now. We know what time the buses come, where to go shopping, and what to wear when the weather is indecisive. We can walk to places without having to think about which street to take so as not to become lost. Just like we had in Adelaide, we have here “our” places to relax, sit and talk to eachother. We no longer need to look for a nice spot, we know where it is. If we are buying lunch, we know exactly where to go for a good deal and some nice food.

What we have in Whistler is not a life that we will have forever, but while we are in this situation, it is enjoyable. It makes me proud that when our friends come over towards the end of the year, we will be able to show them around and give them some “local knowledge”.

For those that aren’t aware, I am no longer a mountain bike guide, but I am now working in IT, seeing more of the mountain than ever before. This means 4 long days (for me) – 8am until 6pm, but then a nice three day weekend, usually spending all three days riding as much as I can.

Jess’ riding is improving in leaps and bounds. Every time I go riding with her she does something else to impress me.

The bike park closes on October 11 (not including the staff day on October 12, at which point our lives will pretty much be working and socializing. The snow is already falling on the peaks as we speak, but it won’t be usable until November, so we will probably head down to Vancouver to catch up with a new friend, and to see the city that we were too tired to see when we first arrived in British Columbia.

We will upload some photos in the next few days, but for now, I have to do some work!