Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

A bit more than 4 years ago I was saying goodbye to the city where I lived for more than 13 years.

Today, I quit my job. And on November 5th, I’ll be saying goodbye to Portland, and the Pacific Northwest.

As it was the case 4 years ago, I’ll be leaving a huge part of me here: it’s been an amazing 4 years that have changed my life. When we first arrived to Portland, I didn’t know any of these amazing places I got to visit, know and absolutely love during the last few years. Not only that, but I was given the gift of witnessing a total solar eclipse, the most amazing experience of my life. And of course the privilege to get to know some incredible human beings I have the luck to call friends now.

Never, ever would have I thought I was going to fall in love with this place so badly. I’m going to miss it so much!!!

But it’s also time to move on. I can’t wait to discover new places I’ve never heard of, and of course, to photograph and explore them. And who knows, maybe fall in love once again.

I had no idea how long we’d stay here either. But I knew it wasn’t going to be forever, so despite telling myself “I’m definitely coming back here!” at every place I went to, there was always that feeling: this time here might be the last one. And for too many of those places, those times were actually the last ones.

I’m going to spend the next 2 weeks road tripping Washington and Oregon. This time will be the last one for sure, but I need to say good bye to some of my favorite places in person. After that, there are much bigger plans - for a future post though.

I’ll visit someday, I know it. But it’s very unlikely we’ll be living here again, so it won’t be the same.

23 days left. And I’m going to make every single second count. Let’s begin.