Sean and I crossed the border into Canada after a long road trip from the Bay Area just 25 days ago. In those three weeks and four days’ time, a lot has happened!
Sean got a job working for a steel construction company. He’s learning how to be an estimator and getting to practice his project management skills.
We applied for permanent residency for me. That took about 12 hours, and the waiting game will take about 18 months (crossing our fingers for less).
I got accepted to a 200-hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training. The course is for six weeks this fall, five days a week, eight hours a day.
my new yoga neighbourhood
We bought a car. He’s a Honda Fit, and his name is Finn. Finn has a manual transmission, which Sean loves, and which I am learning to operate. I really didn’t want to get a standard car, but I’m actually really enjoying learning. Sean is a very patient teacher!
We got an apartment in Vancouver. For the last three weeks, we’ve been staying in Surrey with Sean’s dad and stepmom. It’s been wonderful, and we’re so thankful that we had a welcoming home to stay in when we first moved up here. At the same time, we’re excited to be getting our own place; being in Vancouver will shorten Sean’s commute by quite a bit, and I’m looking forward to living in the city, relying on public transportation, and walking a lot!
[No photos yet — we move in August 2!]
I’ve been training for the Victoria marathon, which is on Canada’s Thanksgiving Day — October 12. My longest run so far was 18 miles (29 kilometers), which I did in Surrey. The area around Sean’s dad and stepmom’s house is perfect for long runs — forest with trails, the beach in White Rock, and long streets with few cars. I’ve also been able to do a couple runs in Vancouver while visiting Sean’s mom and sister.
The Lion’s Gate Bridge from Stanley Park
bunny in Surrey
Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park
Fraser River in Vancouver
We’ve also been wedding-planning. The big day is rapidly approaching, and we’re starting to get super excited! My favourite thing about our wedding will certainly be how personal every element of it is. Sean and I are blessed with crafty, detail-oriented, and event-planning-experienced family and friends. It’s going to be a beautiful, homemade day.
activity books for the kiddos
Sean’s mom surprised me with a Welcome-to-Canada Bridal Shower! The ladies who attended sang “Oh Canada” to me as I entered, and then they showered me with gifts that are Canadian-made and/or Canada-inspired (e.g., a maple leaf t-shirt and a box made by First Nations tribe members). The food at the party was also all local — salmon, local produce, and cupcakes with Canadian flags. It was beautiful and special and made me feel very welcome.
Maple Leaf pride
me with two of my lovely surprise guests
We’ve been missing our friends and family in Bangkok lately, along with our favourite Thai things: massages, coconuts, and lightening shows. But we’re also so happy to be in Vancouver, beginning the next chapter of our lives together.