I wish I knew how to create graphs and charts to make things eye-catching, but I don’t.
With the arrival of a New Year and writing about my travels, I figured compiling some facts and figures about my recent mobile lifestyle might be fun.
HERE’S WHAT I FOUND
Days with no fixed address – 798
Homes Slept In – 29 (see below)
(17 as house sitter, 12 visiting family or friends, 3 a combo of)
7 house sits were found through my profile at House Carers and Mind My House
4 house sits were for teaching friends
2 were for friends of friends
1 house sit was for a couple I met in Ireland
1 came from a chance meeting while cross-country skiing
1 was a family member
1 was a business acquaintance
VISITS WITH FRIENDS
My friends in Melbourne and New York City I met in Ireland on a walking tour with David Whyte in 2010.
I met my friend from Perth while she was on teaching exchange at Hollyburn Elementary in 1997.
My friend in Switzerland was a homestay student with my sister. She helped paint my house in exchange for dinners.
My friends in Whistler I’ve known since I first came to Canada in 1982.
LONG STAYS AND SHORT
I visited my daughter in Castlegar 14 times (65 nights in total)…and she still loves me. My sister in North Vancouver put me up 14 times (34 nights in total). Bless her.
Longest stay in one place 64 nights (Llucalcari, Mallorca). I rented the home from a lady in my Zumba class
Number of one-night sleepovers 48 (9 in India), two-nighters, 23 (4 in India)
That’s a lot of packing and unpacking.
Hotels (24, includes 15 in India)
Retreat Centres (2)
Luxury Tent (1)
B & B (2)
Airlines flown with – 15
Best service – Singapore Airlines
Best food – Etihad Airways
Longest flight – Melbourne to Manchester, 27 hours (via Abu Dhabi)
Funniest safety briefing – Frontier Airlines (Spokane to Denver). Guy should be a stand-up comic.
Most entertaining – easyJet (Zurich to Luton). Check out this blog if you haven’t already. http://blivingrock.com/2011/09/ezt-2046-zurich-to-london-row-11/
In the three months at my new apartment (Oct 2 – Dec 31, 2013) I have spent three weeks away, at six different locations. Guess it takes a while to change gears.
Bob’s brain tumour affected his mathematical abilities, tough for a man in carpentry. Today he would have turned 56. So, this little data fix is a timely one.
Be grateful for all your brain does for you
Homes(29) # of Visits Total nights
Castlegar, BC (daughter) 14 65
North Vancouver (sister) 14 34
Manchester, UK (sister) 8 19
Langley, Whidbey Is.*~ 7 19
Leicester, UK (mother) 7 16
Seattle*~ 6 31
Leicester (father) 5 10
Nelson, BC* 3 49
West Vancouver (JR)* 3 39
Melbourne (friend) 3 7
Berkeley, CA*~ 2 54
Perth, AUS (friend) 2 44
London (nephew) 2 2
Mallorca, Spain (rental) 1 64
New York City (friend) 1 40
Tasmania* 1 54
Duncan, BC* 1 27
Bunbury, AUS * 1 27
Leicester (aunt)* 1 22
North Vancouver (SS)* 1 19
Nelson (RE)* 1 18
Edmonds, WA* 1 17
West End, Vancouver* 1 13
North Vancouver (AH)* 1 13
West Vancouver (SSh)* 1 9
Langley, Whidbey Is. (SD)* 1 7
Biel, Switzerland (friend) 1 6
North Vancouver (SRK)* 1 5
Whistler, BC (friends) 1 4
* = housesitting
*~ = combination of house sitting and visiting