digitally, from Vancouver

Last night I went to bed much later than my typical 9:30pm time. I then woke up an hour earlier than my typical wake up time of 6:00am. I was ready to go. I had my list ready of things I needed to get done before we were off to the airport.

Our Nexus cards pushed us through the lines extremely quickly at the airport. I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner. I definitely recommend getting this card if you haven’t already. The process is fairly quick and easy.

To the nomads who travel ALL the time…do you ever get sick of airports? I mean, dealing with the headache of packing and unpacking, lineups, possible lost luggage, tired and rude flight attendance, sitting in the middle seat, cramped seats that even being 5″2 is tight, sitting near loud kids and crying babies, etc…- it all must get exhausting. I can see the allure of finding a place you love and staying there for an extended period of time.

Lift off. My head started spinning. I was dizzy on and off the 2 hour flight and my feet were swollen. What the heck was going on? I’ve never gotten sky/sea/car sick before. Why is this happening now? I was also tired AF. Is this what getting old and traveling is going to be like? If so, I better get a start on this digital nomad thing ASAP.

As I mentioned, I was tired AF so apparently everything was making me laugh. This was the second vending machine at the YVR airport where some unfortunate person probably started their day off all wrong.

Seriously, how does a bag of chips get stuck like that? I wish I took a photo of the other was much more funny. Maybe I am just delirious and this sort of cruel trick is being played on everyone! If this has never happened to you, you haven’t lived a full life.

Anyhoo, we get off the skytrain and there is a guy handing out free snack size smoothies! Awesome. As crappy as the plane ride was, I love free stuff and free stuff makes me happy! The smoothies were from Body Energy Club and they were pretty darn tasty.

We are now at a cute little coffee shop near city hall where I am writing to you as I said I would be…in Vancouver. Is this what it’s like for digital nomads? To spend a part of the day at random coffee shops, drinking tea and people watching? I mean, I’m sure there is a lot of work that gets done but holy smokes, I am so easily distracted. The windows are huge and we are on a busy street. There are loads of pedestrians and cars passing by and I cant stop looking up.

I’m really not sure if I can actually work like this. Sure, it looks cool but… not the most ideal. Could get pricey too since you’re surrounded by coffee/tea and mini treats like scones, muffins, cookies, biscotti!

Thank goodness we are leaving here in an hour to meet up with some friends for lunch. It’s really not that different from working at a coffee shop in our own tiny city other than it is way more busier. Also, we are still lugging are huge backpacks around as we have yet to drop them off yet. Nonetheless, it is a tiny little glimpse into what this digital nomad life ‘thing’ may be like.

I apologize if this post is like a diary entry and is uninteresting. I would have to agree.

Interesting fact: this is the first time I am traveling with a computer.

I’ve learned something very important from this piece of equipment that I am lugging around – I need to get rid of it.

I need a new computer. The one I have is heavy, the battery is bulky, and the track pad isn’t working so I had to pack a mouse. I can totally live with it now because I am home for the most part but if we do plan to travel, which I really really really hope for, then I would really really really love a new computer. I don’t need anything fancy. Any suggestions or ideas? The only requirements is that it would be fairly inexpensive, 13″ max, and have great battery life.

I won’t have a ton of time to work on my blog this weekend as we are here for a wedding and are visiting other friends during our short stay.

Do digital nomads find dealing with time management difficult? I feel like I would be the type to have to explore the city to its fullest before I could sit down and concentrate on work. Even having headphones in I can easily hear the conversation being held next to me. Plus, my mind would be filled with thoughts and ideas of what I could explore next. I would want to have fun All.The.Time. I really think this is going to be tough as I’ll be learning how to study/work differently from how I’ve always done.

We’ve been sitting here for the past hour and my eyelids are feeling very heavy and my eyeballs are feeling dry. I am fading fast. Maybe it is a good idea that we are at a coffeeshop afterall…

I’m at 888 words. I think this is a good sign that I need to end this post. Plus, it’s almost lunch time.

Have a great long weekend!

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Hey there, I'm Cristine (aka Nomadgirlfriend). I want to quit my job so I can travel more. I just need to figure out the digital world so I can start making money to feed my wanderlust with my digital nomad partner. I welcome you to join my on this journey of self discovery and new adventures!

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