And she’s off.

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Taking in the view from London Bridge
(which, happily, is not falling down)
Photo: Troy Cherkowski

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a voracious reader.  One page was never enough for me; my parents would come in to my room late at night, well after lights out, to find me hiding under my quilt with a flashlight and a book.  Years later, I can still be found doing this long after Troy is fast asleep beside me.

And, for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to travel the world.  I’ve wanted to understand its people, drink up its beauty, appreciate its diversity.  In my grade 12 planning portfolio I wrote that at 27, I’d be married with 2 children, teaching in British Columbia during the year, and travelling throughout Europe in the summers.

Flash forward. I’m 35, divorced, and have one daughter who passed away in 2009. It would be an understatement to say that my life has not quite turned out as expected. The teacher part: check. And, while the rest is not how I planned it, I can’t say I have any regrets. I’ve been married, I had a beautiful daughter.  Now, I have a loving partner.  I have the memories of my little girl and I carry her with me.  I have a career that I love.  And I still have my desire to travel!  In the past couple of years, I started making some changes so that the life I live is a better reflection of who I am.  I began to make travel a priority.  Since then, adventures have included Mexico, Seattle, Hawaii, New York, Nova Scotia, and my first overnight hike on the Juan de Fuca trail. A couple of sneak previews (more pictures to come in proper posts!):

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Taking in the view at the Riu Mazatlan, March 2016

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Birthday sunset at the Eiffel Tower, August 2016

I am a BC girl, born and raised on the West Coast.  I moved back and forth between the lower island and the mainland, and spent a summer in the Okanagan but I never went too far afield.  Now, I have made the biggest move of all: to London, England!  It’s been a huge and amazing change.  I thought that sending updates by individual email to friends and family might not be practical, and I began to contemplate starting a blog. One email update in, dozens of people messaged, and many more people forgotten was enough to inspire me to get this thing going.

The adventures have already begun. The blog will have some catching up to do.  Thanks for following along!

~ Jessika

P.S.  Thank you to above mentioned loving partner, Troy, for suggesting my blog name. The Freckled part is pretty self-evident, and Fancy Free seemed to suit a blog that is inspired by travel but will also follow my fancy wherever it leads me.. and we’re off!

 

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