A couple of days before leaving Banff, Alberta (where I was working and living for a year), I connected with a song by Vashti Bunyan called Trains. Banff had been my home and I’d experienced many things in that thriving tourist town. When I overheard one of my coworkers talk about how she worked at wilderness lodges to save money, I did a search of my own and landed a job at a lodge in Northern B.C. – The Bell 2 Lodge, to be exact. It’s so remote it doesn’t even belong to a town. It was located in the middle of a highway where there’s no cell reception.
I’d be meeting the manager at the bus depot in Smithers, B.C. around 3:30 AM in the morning and from there, we’d drive around 5 hours to the lodge. It was my next adventure and though I was excited, I was sad to leave the beautiful place I called home. My summer relationship was ending with my German boyfriend and it felt like it was time to move on. I’d always dreamed of finding adventure and romance while traveling in the Rockies then hopping on a bus to travel again, but it’s another thing entirely to be in the situation. It’s very exciting and daunting all at once to start new. There’s always some emotion felt when you leave a place, even if you’re ready to go.
Vancouver, British Columbia had been my dream city for many years. Ever since I heard about it being mostly rainy and a lot milder than the rest of Canada, I fantasized about living there. My plan was to save money at the lodge for a few months then move to Vancouver. When I said good-bye to my little circle of friends and boyfriend in Banff, I walked on that bus sad and overwhelmed. It was the vessel that was taking me to the next chapter of my life. Exhausted, I fell asleep and when I woke up, I was in British Columbia! The first time I had ever entered the province. I stared out dreamily at the beautiful mountains. I looked forward to arriving at the next location – a place far from civilization with new people to meet. It was surreal being on that bus going to a place I hadn’t even planned on going to a few weeks earlier. As I traveled, I listened to Vashti Bunyan’s Train song on repeat. The Pacific Northwest can have such a dreamy, moody vibe and the song fits its aura so well.
Once I was at the lodge working and getting into a routine, I listened to the song still, often as it rained softly in the afternoon. I’d look up at the huge mountains in awe that I was really at this amazing, peaceful place.
I listened to the song just tonight as I was walking to go watch the sunset by the water. I’ve been living in Vancouver for almost 7 years now and it still holds a majestic beauty that inspires me each day. I love to think of the journey it took for me to get here from time to time.
These lyrics in Trains give me goosebumps:
“Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you
But suddenly now, I know where I belong
It’s many hundred miles but it won’t be long”
B.C. was a mystery to me when I first listened to the song. I didn’t know what would be in store, but I knew deep down that I belonged there. This lovely song is such an important part of my journey. I love when music does that in life, don’t you? ❤
Do you have a song that gives you goosebumps or reminds you of a nostalgic time in your life? Please share in the comments below. 🙂