Got the job offer and now I’m just waiting for the work visa.
The kicker was after working in the middle east for almost 10 years, where I missed half the winters and the other half I could just look out the window and watch the poor slobs scrapping the ice off their cars, I finally had to do the daily commute myself.
So the first time I had to scrape the car windows at -30C it felt like someone was driving knives into my hands. Add to this the fact that Calgary has winter for about 8 months of the year and during that time is an ice rink where the drivers are idiots and act like they’ve never seen snow before every single time it snows even if it was the day before, frankly, I’ve had enough. Not when I’ve had years of international experience to leverage to get out of this frozen wasteland.
Yeah, Canada is nice. Not as ‘Rah, rah!’ nice as most Canadians think it is, but still nice. From my experience, if you have a good job anywhere can be nice. It isn’t like Hong Kong is the third world, either. I’ve spent considerable time there and know it well, the good and the bad.
I can get rid of the cars and all the related expenses because the public transit system in HK actually is usable. Cabs are cheap when the transit isn’t convenient.
Interesting places are a quick hop by plane away. An hour ride by Ferry to Macau for a quick Vegas like vacation on the weekend if we want.
Yeah, there is pollution, but anyone who has lived in Calgary knows the elevation and lack of humidity plays havoc with a person’s sinuses.
My wife is a California girl who has lived in Hawaii. She only stayed here because of her kids. Now that the heat problems she used to have with MS are no longer there she is more than willing to move, too.
It’ll be fun and different and a whole host of other things that will be totally unexpected and thus exciting. A new chapter in our lives, new friends, new adventures.
What could possibly go wrong (he says walking blindly towards the cliff with his head turned back to where he came from waving goodbye)…