skimbaco Good morning from Halifax, Nova Scotia. We finally moved in, bought a car, kids started school. We are like all official now This incredible sunrise today morning, this is my new view. Today is my birthday, and the first day of the rest of my life. 5d

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skimbaco One more picture of the Halifax Central Library! #skimbacocanada 4w

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skimbaco So far my favorite modern building in Halifax, the Halifax Central Library. 4w

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skimbaco We visited the Halifax Central Library today, can't wait to get our library cards and feel like a local! #skimbaco #skimbacocanada 4w

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skimbaco When was the last time you've crossed the bridge to something new and unknown? #JJ_forum_1435 #igtravelthursday #skimbaco 1mon
  •   skimbaco @gregariouslywildsnapper I've visited in Halifax twice before, and did think it was pretty small, but now when we've been driving around looking for houses, it's much bigger than I thought of. Not big... But big enough I think :) I think people who take the bridges to work everyday feel it's bigger city with traffic jams :) 1mon
  •   gregariouslywildsnapper It's not very dense. Spread out. Are you looking to move there? 1mon
  •   gregariouslywildsnapper Wow! Moving from where? Nova Scotia is a lovely place to take life in strides. I personally could not live there anymore. Too slow of a pace;) 1mon
  •   skimbaco @gregariouslywildsnapper from central New York, but we have lived in four countries and 7 states in the USA, and I guarantee Halifax is not as slow as some other places ;) We've lived close to NYC too, and the slower pace will be nice with three kids! 1mon
  •   gregariouslywildsnapper Navy? Great place for raising children. 1mon
  •   skimbaco @gregariouslywildsnapper yes, and no. My husband works for a helicopter manufacturer, former US Army test pilot, far from Navy, but yes, will be working with Navy. 1mon
  •   gregariouslywildsnapper You can check out all the beaches this summer. There are many. 1mon

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skimbaco Look! There is light on the end of the tunnel! I mean covered bridge!
Taking a wild ride through New Brunswick today. #igtravelthursday #Skimbaco #skimbacocanada
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skimbaco Good morning from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Heading for another road trip today, but it's all good news. Things are looking very good, and looks like we might be officially living here and have a house to rent very soon. This in-between time is always so stressful, and there is a lot of paperwork etc involved when moving to another country. Thankfully we have some experience This is our fifth country to live in. #skimbaco 1mon

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skimbaco Good morning from Nova Scotia, Canada. Enjoy your day to the fullest! #skimbaco #skimbacocanada 1mon

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skimbaco Peggys Cove is the top tourist destination of Nova Scotia, but it sort of symbolizes much more. I took kids there in 2012 (scroll down the #skimbacocanada pics). I remember kids saying "I wish daddy could see this" as we were on our adventure.
I came back to Halifax later and met locals who told they knew the company my husband works for, and that maybe he could get a job here someday too. I remember having the discussions after the trip, and it all seemed so far fetched. However, we have been keeping an eye out for job openings here the past three years, and nothing.
In all honesty, his project phase was ending in New York this fall, and we were terrified that his company was going to let him go because there was a long gap until it would start back. I love being an entrepreneur and digital nomad, and Matt did start the Young Living business with me last year, but his job in aviation industry still means the world to him. He had a meeting, which we were afraid was going to be about a severance package, but it was about offering him a position in Nova Scotia. Matt called me after the meeting, and he couldn't first even say a word, I think he was fighting tears to tell me, he knew how much I've wanted to live on the coast.
He spent a month in Florida to do training for the job here (kids and I went too - see #skimbacoflorida), and we worked so hard on our house, and packed everything again.
We've had very hard times the past year and half, but this weekend when we took kids to Peggys Cove, and even though life is so chaotic, and we are living in a hotel and waiting for his job here to start and to find a place to live in, life seems also so peaceful. It's like the warning signs we saw all over Peggys Cove: don't go too close to the shore, or the waves can take you under water. Yet the village is so calm and quiet.
That's how life always is. There is beauty in the mix of all of the danger and knowing how to navigate it safely. They say calm sea never made a skillful sailor, but I say that shit happens, and you need to live it through, learn from it, and make the best of it. It's almost safe to say we made it through the storm, living life to the fullest.
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skimbaco A few more photos of Peggys Cove village in Nova Scotia. #skimbacocanada 1mon

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skimbaco Peggys Cove is the most popular tourist spot in Nova Scotia. It's a small fishing village with the famous lighthouse. Spending a day here -or just a few hours- does good for the soul. #skimbacocanada 1mon

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skimbaco Kids and I visited Peggys Cove almost four years ago, and swore we would come back one day. Glad I was able to keep the promise and we got to visit again today. Here is @yhz_aviation jumping of joy :) 1mon

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skimbaco @hugopress styling in his new jacket at Peggys Cove in Nova Scotia. #skimbacocanada 1mon

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skimbaco Our year started with walks by water and late lobster roll & seafood chowder lunch. Loving life in #halifax. #skimbacocanada 1mon

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Clarendon Katja Presnal of Skimbaco
skimbaco International House Hunters, house two.
Perfect seaside cottage outside the city. Twenty minute drive to downtown.
This house is the dream coastal summer house and has what we came here for: the ocean view and access to the water from your own yard. This full wall-sized window is in the master bedroom and we could wake up to sea view every morning.
The house has chef's kitchen with the most incredible stove, same that is used in French culinary schools.
I said I wanted two things: ocean view and large kitchen, and this house has them both. The house is traditional style, and much larger than we are looking for or what we need. It also has two swimming pools.
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  •   rubychaitea So beautiful 1mon
  •   abbytravel That view!! 1mon
  •   skimbaco @abbytravel right? Can't say no! 1mon
  •   abbytravel @skimbaco definitely can't say no!! 🏼🏼 1mon
  •   niamhbrownlee Where is this? How old are you kids now? Have you looked at the local schools in the area or will they go to private school in Halifax? There's also a really good private school in Windsor, NS (my hometown) called Kings Edgehill. Very good reputation and they board students. Food for thought. 1mon
  •   to_beautifuldestinations Love this 1mon
  •   hen_family This one! 1mon
  •   seagrassandthistle I vote this one! It has both of your 'must haves'. There's nothing like a big kitchen and views of the sea! 4w

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Normal Katja Presnal of Skimbaco
skimbaco Let's play International House Hunters.

Our house hunt is in full force and while we've seen great options, we have two top picks. I know I will regret not living in either house, and picking between the two has been very difficult.
This is the option one - modern house in the city.

Stunning unique modern architecture, we felt like home the moment we walked in. If we built a house, it would be something like this. The best neighborhood, but not fully your own yard or much privacy, there is a basement apartment that someone else lives in. The kitchen is tiny, super tiny, and we love to cook together. No sea view, and the house is right next to train tracks.
If this house had larger kitchen and had a sea view and a tiny bit more storage space it would be our dream house.
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  •   nomadicnewlyweds This one is amazing too! All that gorgeous light makes my heart happy! 1mon
  •   blessingsbyfad This is gorgeous!!! Love that natural light. 1mon
  •   mohantasumit Everyone wish 4 this decoration... 1mon
  •   houseofanais I love those windows! 1mon
  •   tailsoftraveletting I'm moving in 4w
  •   marriedlife2 Getting home is important. And having a 20 minute commute every time you need to go to town can be a total pain. Question is, do you see yourself as a homebody or will you want to be involved in the community? If it's the latter I think you should pick this house! 4w
  •   marriedlife2 First word should be *feeling. 4w
  •   marriedlife2 And you'll get used to the train. I live by the tracks and the train blows it's whistle less than 100 yards from my house. We did get new double pane windows a few years back that helped, but I was already used to it and of course we still sleep with the windows open in the summer! 4w

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skimbaco Happy New Year 2016 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 1mon

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skimbaco We walked the Halifax Waterfront the first time today, and went to the year round farmer's market. #skimbacocanada 1mon

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