places you’ve lived

I copied the idea for this post- of list of places I’ve lived- from Sarah at yes and yes and I first saw the idea on Fabulous idea!

This was not my gorgeous Amsterdam apartment. But it is gorgeous, right? This was a building down the street from me. There were no pretty red flowers at my house.

In a clever twist of ingenuity I am going to work backwards in time, so I’m going to start with where I’m living now.

That just blew your mind, didn’t it?

Hold onto your hats, people. Here we go:

1. Victoria, BC, Canada | I live in a house with my lovely husband and my lovely dogs. I live on an island. It’s a big island… but an island nonetheless. We’ve been here now for about 3 1/2 years. This is the longest I have lived anywhere since I left my parents place to go to university on the other side of the country when I was 18 years old. 18 years old. Shit. I thought I had it all together back then. I can only imagine the heart attacks I have given my parents since that first move. Read on…

2. Amsterdam, Holland | A one bedroom teeny, tiny, wee apartment. Oh how I loved this apartment. Oooh how I loved thee Wonderful Apartment of Mine. There was a narrow, winding, dangerous staircase to get to my 4th floor flat, it was 5 minutes from Dam Square and 2 doors away from a bong shop. A tasteful bong shop naturally, but still. All Amsterdam, All The Time. My fridge was big enough for one day’s worth of groceries and I could climb onto the wobbly railing of my little patio and get onto the roof of my building. You could see church steeples everywhere. I could be all alone amongst the bustle on that roof. I lived there about a year and a half.

3. Amsterdam Nord, Holland | That means “Amsterdam North.” See how I slipped the foreign language in there? I lived in a two bedroom apartment with a roommate and her .5lb schizophrenic dog for around 9 months.

4. Wassenaar, Holland | Lived here for about 6 months with a friend’s family. The plan was to “visit”… I ended up getting a job and stayed in Holland for 2 1/2 years.

5. Melbourne, Australia | Lived with a friend in her home while we attended business school. She was later the Maid of Honour at my wedding. Such a fabulous time. I love Australia. Dear Oz turned me onto the whole wonderfulness of wine. And for that I will be forever grateful.

6. Melbourne, Australia | Also while I was at school. Lived with two others and a cat. Lovely people. I had a nonworking fireplace in my bedroom, which made me feel fancy. I’m having a hard time remembering how long I lived in these places.

7. Toronto, ON, Canada | Shared a two bedroom aparment with a friend I had worked with in Japan. We furnished the whole dang place for free. I think the only things we paid for were our beds. Someone even gave us a television set. I watched a lot of Sex and the City on that television set.

8. Toronto, ON, Canada | Basement apartment. For a basement apartment, this was pretty fabulous. But I would not recommend living in someone’s basement. It is a very… basement-y experience.

9. Melbourne, Australia | You know how real estate people always tell you to buy the worst house on the very best street you can afford? The owner of this house took this advice to heart. The poor little abode was tragic. GREAT area though. I hung my clothes on a completely unreliable rack in my room that fell down every 2 1/2 days. The rest of my stuff sat on the floor in my suitcase or on an ironing board I had lovingly draped with a scarf and used as a shelf.

10. Melbourne, Australia | The first placed I stayed that wasn’t a hostel in Australia. I met this girl in Japan who was from Melbourne and she said I could stay at her apartment where her boyfriend and roommate lived. So I did for a month or so… or maybe it was 3 weeks…?

11. Tokyo, Japan | I worked for a big company, let’s call it… Isneydayandlay. And I was a cancan dancer. Clearly, this was back when I was still a performer. I lived in a house with two other dancers. This was my 2nd time with this company, so as the “veteran” dancer my roommates let me have the Big Bedroom. It rocked.

12. Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Lived in a bachelor apartment with my roomie from apartment #7. A BACHELOR apartment. For TWO PEOPLE. I can’t remember if I slept on the bed and my roommate slept on the pullout couch or vice versa, but when we sleeping our beds took up all the room and it was impossible to get from one end of the apartment to the other. That was for around 3 months.

13. Tokyo, Japan | This was my first contract with the Happiest Place on Earth in Japan. Same house. Different roommates. I did not get the big room. This was only my first contract after all.

14. Toronto, Ontario, Canada | University Residence. Lived on my own. Lived here about 4 months before going to Japan.

15.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada | University Residence. Different residence building. Lived with 4 other girls and we didn’t even kill each other. For Halloween we dressed up as Zombie Spice Girls. This gorgeous chick was one of my roommates.

16. Toronto, Ontario, Canada | University 1st Year Residence. I was paired up with an incredibly cool roomie who would later MC my wedding. I was really nervous about who I would be roomed with and the Powers That Be did a perfect job pairing us up. She taught me that even though it was okay to say “hi” to everyone in Smalltown, Canada, I needed to KNOCK IT OFF ALREADY IN THE BIG CITY.

17. Prince George, BC, Canada | With my folks and my brother. To forever be called “The New House” even though we moved there when I was 12 years old. My parents still live there.

18.  Prince George, BC, Canada | With my folks and my brother. To forever be called “The Old House.” My best friend lived next door. We moved there when I was 3 years old.

19. Prince George, BC, Canada | My mom, dad and I lived in an apartment. My brother wasn’t born yet.

20. Vancouver, BC, Canada | I am not sure of all the details here because my memory is a bit hazey for some reason (maybe because I was under 3 years old?). But I know we lived in Vancouver because my mom tells us she hated the sirens and the crazy yelling people in the street. Wow. I should work in advertising for the City of Vancouver (it really is a fabulous city… if you like sirens and crazy yelling people…).

21. Quesnel, BC, Canada | This is where I was born. I’m not sure where we lived. I should have done a bit more research before publishing this post.

And there you have it. There are a few other mega temporary places in there… but I think this list is long enough.

How about you? Where have you lived?

15 Responses to “places you’ve lived”

  1. Kari says:

    Ha I need to do this for myself, my list is almost as long


  2. blanket says:

    Blimey, you’ve made me think! I’ve lived in so many places and now I’m going to try and remember back soooo many years 🙂 Fun though and it looks like you’ve had a lot! Love Amsterdam, never lived there but had so many good times! Thanks Shauna, if I get round to it I’ll let you know 😀

  3. Are you for real? What an amazing list! Mine, unfortunately, is not that exciting. I was born in Nebraska where I lived until college. I went to college in Kansas and moved to Chicago a mere 11 days after graduation without knowing anyone in the city. I have lived in several apartments in Chicago, but not quite as globetrotting as your list.

    • @Two- I’ve been to Chicago but never to Nebraska or Kansas. I think everywhere is exotic! It’s funny- when I was in the throws of moving every year it seemed pretty… normal. It’s just what I did. I am very happy to be back in Canada 🙂

  4. @blanket- You said “blimey!” You’ve got to be from all kinds of fun places 🙂

  5. Kim says:

    Oh My Goodness! I feel so envious of you. Mainly because I feel I’ve lived in many places, too many actually, but none as interesting as where you’ve lived. Wow! I’ve only lived in the US states of Maryland, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia, Illinois and now North Carolina. I have been to Amsterdam and loved it – I would imagine you did as well. Excellent idea for a post and, excellent post!

  6. Wow, you have lived in a lot of places! My list ( 4 cities) is pretty punny compared to yours. With all that time in Holland, can you speak Dutch?

    • @Karen- Ha! I thought you were going to say “with all that time in Holland, are you a pot head?” No, my Dutch is not very good- I could have pretty basic conversations, but now I haven’t been practicing at all so it’s pretty much all gone. I was in Japan for about 1 1/2 years altogether… I think my Japanese may have been better than my Dutch actually. I took lessons in both but I took Japanese lessons for longer than Dutch lessons.

      What cities have you lived in?

      … and no I’m not a pot head either…

  7. doniree says:

    SUPER jealous of your time living abroad. My BF and I hope to do that sometime in the next couple of years 🙂 Thanks for sharing your list too!

    • @doniree- It was really wonderful, I’m so glad I did it… but it also feels really good to be back in Canada. SUPER nice to get insurance papers and actually be able to read them 🙂

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