So far 2018 has kicked off to an exciting start. Michelle and I had deiced we needed a break from the Van life. We had one problem arise right after another. The primary issues were the lack of heat and condensation the past couple of months. The next thing that popped up was the possibility of moving to Merritt, and with that came the need for an apartment. My employer asked if we could relocate to Merritt, so not one to turn down an adventure off we went.
Moving to Merritt
There it was the middle of January and the opportunity to take a promotion but it was in Merritt, I mean really what can you say other than “Hell Yes” The funny part neither one of us have been in Merritt, and here we are deciding to move there. Michelle liked the idea of living in a small town and well if you know me, I really don’t care where I live….so off we went. Starbucks is fantastic since it is pretty easy to transfer, though Sue, Michelle’s manager from Seven Oaks Starbucks, worked so hard to screw her around it was disappointing. Having had the displeasure of watching Sue in action, how she would demean her employees, and she especially disliked Filipino’s so we could not get out of there fast enough.
Since moving to Merritt, Michelle has had many opportunities, she is at the Starbucks here with an amazing manager and staff, and she has another job working at a local hotel as Front Desk staff, she is fantastic with this sort of work. Michelle has this amazing bubble personality that screams happiness and she is always very welcoming. For me, I have slid into the new position, having had the opportunity to develop new skills, and I am able to utilize my organizational skills honed while in the military.
Transitioning to Life in Merritt
Life in Merritt is certainly much slower pace than in Abbotsford or the Lower Mainland. That is good in some ways. When you think of traffic, here in Merritt that means 4 or maybe 5 cars, not the standard 3 or 4 mile stretch of cars that you see on Hwy 1, when you are heading into Vancouver. Choices are few after 4:00 pm for stores that are open. Kekuli Café is closed by 5 pm, there are not many stores open, though Walmart and Extra Foods seem to be your only choices for many things.
Kamloops about 45 minutes up the road offers the big box stores like Costco, London Drug, Home Depot etc are not far away, though in the winter there seem to be constant snow storms and highway closures. Moving to Merritt has certainly been an adventure, we are looking forward to some free time to get out and explore so we can shoot pictures to post. If you get a chance, be sure to come visit Merritt, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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