Two months. Sixty days. In that short amount of time, we’ll be in Canada. With it being in the depths of winter, I’m often thinking about what it’ll be like in Canada. The two biggest things I think about are weather and food.
At that time of year, Vancouver’s weather should be somewhat similar to here, just wetter. Maybe a little cooler. But cherry trees will be blooming in both countries at the same time. That’ll be a nice sight to see. But our trip to Edmonton may be a snowy one. Since we’ll be going through the mountains by car, it could be snowy. But it might not be. Spring in Canada is unpredictable. I’m just hoping for nice weather so we’re not stuck inside.
Food is the other thing I think of. I keep wanting to eat at Harvey’s or having Canadian Chinese food.
Well, since there are two months to go, lots to do. Cleaning, packing, tying up loose ends. My biggest worry is sending our suitcases to the airport. I guess we’ll have them sent there and they’ll hold them until we get to the airport.
But for now, a couple more months of work. And that’s where I have to go now. Any suggestions for food I should eat in Canada?
It’s only two and a half months until we’re in Canada. It’s been more than five years since I’ve set foot in my home country. But this time, we’re going there to stay. I’m going to miss Japan a lot, and there are things I don’t really want to leave, but there are some things I’m looking forward to. They may not be typical things, though.
- Landing in Vancouver. We will no longer have to worry about lugging around our six suitcases and three carry on bags. How the hell are we going to get to Narita? Actually, how are we going to get those bags from our home in Fujisawa to my wife’s parents’ house? I’ll be glad when my sister and mom pick us up, and we won’t have to worry about how to get them from place to place.
- Taking the ferry to Vancouver Island. It’s been nearly twenty years since I’ve taken the ferry. I loved it back then, and I’m sure I’ll love it this time. One of the highlights of traveling to the island.
- The Rocky Mountains. We’ll be driving back to Edmonton through the mountains. That will be great.
- University of Victoria. I want to see the campus again. As an alumnus, if I had a card for the alumni association, I could use the library any time I wanted. But I just want to see the campus and the surrounding neighbourhood.
- Downtown Victoria. I lived downtown for a while, and I spent a lot of time there. It’s beautiful. I really want to see it again.
- Prairie clouds. The clouds in Japan are nice, but there’s something I never get to see here: huge cumulonimbus clouds that bring thunderstorms. Those things are incredible.
- Big sky. Here in Japan, there are so many multi-storey buildings everywhere. The streets are narrow, and there aren’t many wide open spaces. The sky seems small here. The prairies have a very big sky.
- Driving. I like Canada’s roads. I feel comfortable on them. The ones in Japan, not so much.
- Dill pickle potato chips. I just love them.
- Harvey’s burgers. I love them, too.
- Central heating. I like to have a warm home in winter. In Japan, no central heating and poor insulation lead to cold homes in winter.
- People. Especially friends and family. It’ll be great to see them again. But this time, I want to meet as many of my friends as I can.
- Travel. From Canada, we should be able to afford to travel more often.
- Lack of city tax and national health insurance premiums. Those costs are so high in Japan. No city tax for me to pay in Canada, and health insurance is dirt cheap.
- Carpet. That’s right, carpet. We have hardwood floors, which is fine, if you like them, but I love the feeling of carpet on my feet.
- Bookstores. I look forward to seeing English books everywhere. That’ll be incredible.
Well, that’s about it for now. Some of them are typical, while others aren’t. Any surprises? Let me know in the comments below.
Time just keeps going by quickly. It’s only four months until we go to Canada. There’s a lot of work to do, but I’m also anticipating a lot of more exciting things.
There are things that will happen that I’ve never experienced before. First, a lot of my relatives will be meeting my daughter for the first time. My mom will get to see her for the first time in person. My dad will also see her for the first time. Another thing is that I’m going to have a car for the first time. I’m really looking forward to that.
There’s a lot of food I want to eat again:
- Harvey’s burgers
- Arby’s sandwiches
- Cheese! Sure, there’s cheese in Japan, but it’s almost all processed.
- Potato chip flavours including dill pickle, Miss Vickie’s salt and vinegar, jalapeno, and barbecue.
- Green peas, which are so expensive in Japan.
- Cheez Whiz
- Bacon that gets crispy when cooked
I’m also looking forward to joining the local fitness/sports centre, which also has a library. I want to go swimming and skating.
I will also finally be able to play SimCity 4 again, after I buy a new copy.
I’ll be able to watch all the Star Trek I want. And we’ll see movies occasionally.
Along with having a car, we’ll be able to take trips without having to deal with buses and trains, which can be difficult with a young child like we have.
It’ll also be nice to see the Rocky Mountains again.
There’s so much more to experience once again. It’ll also be great to see friends and family. Have I forgotten anything?
I recently finished reading The Iliad, which was a pretty difficult book to read. It took me quite a while. But of course, I started on another book right after. And let me tell you, the feeling was wonderful.
Starting a new book gives me a feeling of excitement most of the time. Sometimes apprehension, but usually I feel very positive about it. If it’s a series I’m continuing, I always feel great about it.
This time, I started reading The Dragon Reborn, the third book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Since I’ve already read the first two books, I’m very familiar with the characters and the world. I was excited to start reading it. And since I’ve begun, I can’t seem to put the book down. I’m enjoying it thoroughly. It’s quite easy to read, and I get through the pages quickly. It’s probably Jordan’s style that keeps me glued to the book.
To be honest, I felt a bit of apprehension when I started The Iliad. The style is very unusual compared to what I’m used to reading. Of course, it is nearly three thousand years old. I felt a great sense of relief when I finished it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but it was hard work to read it. I still have The Odyssey to read.
When you start reading a new book, how do you feel? Do you have a strong feeling of anticipation or excitement? Let me know in the comments below.