Colourful Kelowna neighbourhoods
Kelowna has a number of unique neighbourhoods frequented by both locals and tourists. If you like historical (well, for this part of the world anyway!) buildings, you should head to the Bernard-Lawrence area, just east of downtown. Many of Kelowna’s pioneering families built in this district and the Kelowna Heritage Register recognizes a number of these homes for their historic value to the community. Businesses have blended their design with the architecture – I do love the Arts and Crafts style!
Neighbourhoods facilitate the development of a sense of community, a pride in where you live, and a feeling of belonging. I have been pondering how to maintain this connection to place and people as I transition into a new stage in life.
Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions. Paulo Coelho
A person’s ability to adapt to change fascinates me, as that has been my reality from an early age. By grade 9, I had moved and changed schools eight times (no, I wasn’t an army brat). Luckily high school was in the same location. I developed coping mechanisms; some were positive, and others I have taken strides to overcome (such as not making strong friendships as I figured I would be moving soon anyway). I do continue to seek out change, not just for the sake of it, but because I believe life is too short to be unhappy. By embracing change, I learn and grow.
We have decided to make Kelowna our home base and I am trying something completely different as a way to adjust to the change. You can read my writing in Mu Magazine, a brand new online magazine dedicated to culture in the Okanagan Valley. I’m hoping this experience will allow me to meet more people, gain a greater understanding of the region, and develop my writing skills.
This new venture complements my desire to scout out places which pique my interest. A colourful area south of downtown is Pandosy Village; it is full of unique shops, restaurants, and cafes. This picture was taken last Easter; the trees aren’t quite so bare yet.
I hope you can get out exploring this week!
Thanks for reading!! Debbie