Two weeks ago I culled my belongings, packed what was left, said goodbye to my family and left Ireland for Canada.
This is nothing new for me or the Irish. I’ve left home before, and so have the Irish, looking for bigger and better things. Many Iranians, including my Dad, left their home because they wanted to or because they had to not so long ago. I am always mindful of my heritage and always thankful that I live in a time when I know I will get to go back.
I had been to Canada a number of times before to see family that lives in Quebec, but this time I wasn’t going for a visit and I had never been to this part of the country before. I was moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, and I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I read some guide books and trawled blogs and websites for information but I don’t think any of that can really prepare you for all-out life relocation.
So on the 13th of May 2010 the Darling Boyfriend and myself navigated Border Control, got our visas issued and our passports stamped and emerged from Vancouver Airport with our few bags ready to make this city home.
Over the last fortnight we have…
» Moved into a little flat that we love
» We’ve explored the city and got our bearings
» We’ve met other lovely Irish peeps who have moved here
» We’ve eaten out lots!
» I’ve practiced yoga nearly everyday
» We’ve hung out on the beach, which is 5 minutes from our flat, and watched the sun set over the city
I think it is safe to say that Vancouver is well on its way to being home and we can’t wait for this Summer of Fun to begin!
I’m still searching for work (please cross all your fingers and toes for me) and scoping out the local music scene. The DB has already started playing football in the city and has work lined up for the summer. We even went to see the Vancouver White Caps (the city’s MLS team) play the NY Red Bulls yesterday! What fun to scream for our ‘home’ team.
And that’s Vancouver so far. Still lots more to learn and see. Still lots of people to meet and opportunities to take. It’s hard to believe it’s only been two weeks though.