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Answering the mail…….

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Mark,

We’ve been reading the blog for the last couple of months and were wondering what you would advise as the best course of action, when you first land in your new country? We are emmigrating to Canada, in the early part of next year, but my husband is a little nervous of stepping into the unknown.

Keep up the news from distant shores, give us more info and pics.

All the best,

Michelle

PS. Bad news about the hard drive, we were hoping for more pics, hope you get it going soon!

I have had a couple of these type of messages from people, wanting to know how we set about getting settled in so quickly. So here we go, I’ll see what I can do.

1. The library is a good source of things that are going on as well as local information. Notice boards are usually to be found there, as well as resources for all kinds of things.

2. Go for coffee. We have found a number of local newsletters and flyers on notice boards and lying around on tables with stuff happening in the area. Make sure you read the local newspapers as well. They will tend to have events pages as to what is going on in your area.

3. Make sure you introduce yourself to the neighbours, of course, if they haven’t already done so! We have found them here in Canada, to be friendly above and beyond what we could possbily have expected or hoped for. If you’re not used to having people round for dinner, get used to it. You may find you are invited out quite a lot, so keep the momentum going, and return the favour as soon as you can.

4 What can I say….have kids! When you have kids, it makes the whole process of meeting people that much easier. You then have a common interest with other parents.

Of course, I’m not suggesting you all go out and start a family just to get going!

5. If you don’t have them, as well as if you do, join clubs, groups and any other forms of social events and activities you can find. Before you land, if you haven’t done so, try and discover what is going on in the area you are moving to. The internet is probably the best place for this. (Before we came to Kelowna, I searched out an aikido club, a dive club, sports clubs and so on, ready for when we got here. That also meant I knew some of the things I wanted to do were in the area.)

But in the end be postive, stay positive. It’s your new life, your break from what you used to do. Leave your old routines and way of life at home and embrace the adventure you are about to embark upon.

Hope this helps.

Mark.

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