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We arrived back in the UK to the sight of Manchester at its most miserable. Foggy, damp, dark, cold, depressing Manchester. After the beauty of Canada what could be more of a contrast? Despite the English weather being against us we got back to our house in good time and safely, thank God.
All of us had a great time in Calgary and Banff and it was lovely to meet up with Mary, Marian, Joe, Christine and Stacey.
As I type this I am just uploading the last set of pictures, the last days in Calgary and Christmas morning.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Downtown I have a love-hate thing with. I am never particularly enamoured with the “grittier” aspects of cities. Tramps, hobos, winos, druggies, drunks, beggars .. I can live without them. I feel for the people, especially in these sub zero temperatures, but they make me nervous and uncomfortable. I can be nervous and uncomfortable without much provocation so I would rather not be while on holiday. Calgary is up there with my favourite downtowns though. I would much more happily walk around Calgary center than I would, say, Manchester in England. And there is much good in Calgary too.
The C Train is brilliant. Seems to run pretty much regularly, is free within the blocks I am interested in and is quick. We picked up a bunch of official winter olympics merchandise. We always like to buy one or two pieces of tat with the name of the place we visited on. This was pretty nice ski clothing tat. Lovely.
After our shopping trip it was the scenic drive to Banff where we will be for the next few days. If you have never seen the rockies then you are missing out bigstyle. Pictures do not do it justice so you will just have to put up with these below and trust me, Banff is out of this world.
So we just booked a last minute trip, woohoo I can’t wait!
Work is a bit hectic since I jacked the marketing agency job in to start my own business. Got to take these opportunities when they arrive. After Christmas there is lots of activity, who knows what it will be like after that.
So we are going and soon! Guessed where yet? 😉
Yeah, Canada again. Will be our third time this year. Back to Calgary (my birthplace) and Banff this time. Get the feeling we would rather be there than here, eh?
This time we are taking along my mate Damian. It is his first long haul flight so should be a really good adventure for him. We are both camera nuts too so expect to see some pics posted.
Until I next post pics you will have to make do with my Alberta Flickr set.
So the dust has settled, my desks are finally clear so now I have no excuse for not updating you with how our trip went.
I loved it.
No suprises, I love Canada and really wanted to like Manitoba, but I really did like the place and the people. All good so far.
Now the bad news. For now we are not moving. Too complicated to go into but much to my dissapointment we are staying in the UK for the time being.
Would we move to Winnipeg if we were moving to Canada? After considering all factors (everything from house prices to job opportunities), I don’t think so. While we could buy a house outright out of our equity, which is a very big incentive, there was just NOTHING (and believe me I looked) happening on the new media job market while Vancouver (which I really
really love) has a thriving web scene and beautiful scenery to boot.
Don’t get me wrong, Manitoba has some real nice bits
It’s just that the majority of it is so flat. I kept expecting to see a mountain .. or at least a hill.
And bloody hell is non-winnipeg bits rural?? I am too much of a city boy to think driving an hour to find a hospital that is A) Open (!) and B) Would see us (“Sorry the doctor (singular!) is on holiday“!) is ok (and yes, we needed a hospital unfortunately).
The skeeters were a problem, we like outdoors, poor Karen got bitten over 20 times in one day. Clare, Amy and I were a lot luckier in that regard.
What is with Winnipegs water? Smelt like it came right out of the river – yuk.
All that aside, I did love being there and hated that we had to come back. Will definately like to go back. Should probably go back in fact, I think out of the week we probably spent about 5 minutes with family and visiting family was meant to have been the whole point!
Talking of which, I did take lots of pictures of JP and Gels wedding (over a thousand) with my trusty 350d and think they came out ok but will not be uploading them, think it is only fair that the couple decide who sees their wedding pictures. The rest of you will have to make do with my holiday pics 😉
So we landed in Winnipeg. So far so good. Not been bitten by blood-sucking insects yet any way! Which reminds me, thanks to reading WinnipegDamsels blog I tried Perogies for the first time. They were good 🙂
As yet we haven’t ventured further than the airport, our hotel and the forks but we have enjoyed the little we have seen.
Oh, Dean and Damian, as you can tell if you follow the linked image above, it is not “Aboot”. (Thanks to Gillianic Tendencies for the link, another of my “canada-related daily reads”)
Thanks to Garrett Serack and Dennis Ouellette it seems a bit more positive about my “getting my arse to canada” prospects so my next question is what are the top web agencies in Canada (not for a minute saying they will accept my CV but you might as well start at the top!). 😀
What is the job market like in Canada at the moment? I am pretty fed-up with the UK and am thinking it is time to check out my birth place – gotta be better than here, right? I have googled and such but not found much out.
Anyone any idea if being born in Canada makes me auomatically Canadian too? Only documentation I have seen says I needed to have been born after 1977 which is 3 years out for me :O( My wife has been trying to find things out through official channels but helpfully immigration services have a premium-rate voicemail service rather than any sort of helpful human being.