Day 2 Jamaica trip 2024

I’m writing this post a few weeks after returning to Ottawa but the next few days I wrote while I was in Jamaica. It was a very busy trip but this was a day I got to stay at the resort. Jewel Paradise Cove while my friend figured out our plans for the remainder of the week.  The resort posts the activity schedule on the app, on tv’s in the room, and on a screen in the lobby. I had seen that there was a resort tour at 11:00. I have stayed in many resorts and it usually the company that you booked with doing these tours. I liked that there was no need to wait for a specific tour rep and the hotel was doing this. My friend was out up and early for the garden tour. I slept in and went for breakfast at 10:30. I wanted my friend to come in the hotel tour with me because I have no sense of direction but we later discovered we weren’t getting each others text messages and I thought she was still on the garden tour.  I had received my friends text that she was disappointed there were no plantai

Part 2 what has been happening in my life

If you have not read part 1 you can read that here 

My mom had moved to Ottawa before me and stayed in apartment hotel in downtown. I stayed with her for awhile. This was a hard adjustment. My mom and I were both used to living alone but close to each other. My mom had already made this her home as much as one can in a hotel. I had my own bedroom and bathroom in the hotel but no area to sit and the area was not the greatest. Ottawa is very safe but downtown is downtown everywhere especially as mental health issues and homeless populations increase due to the pandemic. The nice thing was the mall and Byward market were close by and vegan food options were easily accessible. 

I was looking for my own place but the condo market was overpriced. I found a place that had an option to rent and thought it would be a good idea to rent until after I have experienced winter here. Through connections things ended up working out my mom’s retirement home and the apartment I am renting are a block away from each other. 

I love the area and the apartment I am living in now. It is a very walkable area with lots of small businesses along with great vegan food options. There is even a farmers market and during the summer a night market. Ottawa night time is from 4-8 pm everyone sleeps at 9pm here. I love how it’s a busy area during the day and at night it is quiet. 

The view from my apartment window is amazing. Everyday it looks like a different painting. The building also has fantastic amenities like a rooftop, gym,

I really like Ottawa. When I think about the things that have happened this year it all seems very stressful. My mom and I often talk about how things have worked out great here and we keep getting connected with the right people. I hope I will have more time to write about life updates in the future as there are so many things happening. Let me know in the comments or on Instagram @livingottawalocal if you enjoy the life update series. 


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