A new beginning

October 26, 2006

A new life in Vancouver

Filed under: What a load of blog — pauldo @ 5:51 am

Hi, my name’s Paul, I’m a 34 year old Brit and I’ve been visiting Vancouver twice a year for the past 4 years – and I love it. Last year I thought it was about time I did something about making it a more permanent arrangement. So, earlier this year my partner and I decided to bite the bullet and set out to create a whole new life for ourselves in Canada.

Holidays tend to be a bit short and sweet, and more often than not you remember the good things about a place – what’s that saying, the grass is always greener…? To ensure we weren’t seeing things through rose tinted spectacles, we thought it would make sense to try living here for a longer period before making any further plans.

Six months down the line we still love it here (rose coloured specs off), and after 18 years I am now back at school! or college to us brits. My partner is also exploring the possibilities of setting up a new business (which is really exciting), and to top it off, today we have moved into a new apartment. Nothing like trying to make things easy for ourselves aye?

As its going to be an interesting 12 months ahead of me, I thought I’d document the trials and tribulations of going back to school, starting a new business and emigrating to Canada. ‘A New Beginning’ is intended to be fairly anecdotal, but maybe it could be used as a guide for someone sharing some of the ambitions that I do.

Starting over like this really throws so much at you (all at the same time), and whilst things are similar here, terminology can be confusing. Entirely mundane issues like buying paint and supplies for instance can be an adventure in itself. It’s all part of the experience I guess, but it can be funny too.

When we first arrived, we thought it would be best to live somewhere quite central and familiar, so we started off living Downtown. We decided a furnished place would be better initially, as the last thing you want to worry about when you step off the plane is to have to think about a bed for the night right? The apartment served us very well and we have met a few friends through it – which is great, but as we are now about to commence our extended trial period we decided to get an unfurnished place, somewhere where we can personalise and lay our mark.

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1 Comment »

  1. Now that you’re in Canada, “eh” replaces “aye” 😉

    Comment by Sheena — October 29, 2006 @ 10:59 pm


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