Privada Life Querétaro

Sonterra metal sign

When we first moved to Mexico almost a year ago, we didn’t take a lot of time looking around Querétaro before choosing to settle in a privada located in the Sonterra Fraccionamiento, located on the west side of the city.

For the first while, we were thinking we’d made a mistake in taking up residence so far from the city. The drive to get to any significant shops was about 20 minutes, which seemed like a long time. In Calgary, we were just five minutes from major grocery stores and malls. In Sonterra, there are a few small restaurants, a produce store, general store and a bakery (and an OXXO, of course), but not much in the way of large-scale shopping.

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Morning Song – Vancouver Island’s Feathered Wake-up Call

I’ve always loved birds.  Although, to clarify, I should say that I have always loved the LOOK of wild birds.  Captive birds, however stunning in plumage, have never been of much interest to me.  Oddly, I have also never really been drawn to the hobby of bird watching itself.

Over the last few days, however, I think this is starting to change.

While taking a couple of weeks to relax and visit family on southern Vancouver Island (in preparation for our major move from Canada to Mexico), I was overcome by the sheer volume of song birds in the region.  On my walks through the trails among the tall timber, without much effort, I spotted several species I had never seen before.  I heard bird calls I had never noticed in the past.

How was this possible?  I had been raised in a small seaside town on the west coast where there must have been an abundance of songbirds of every variety.  How could it be that I was only now began to notice such things? Continue reading “Morning Song – Vancouver Island’s Feathered Wake-up Call”