The Difference!

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So I decided to list the differences that I perceive between Canada and Russia. Mostly because I’d like to have somewhere to write them down since I often get asked what they are. Since I get asked so often, I thought it might be something of interest and worth typing up..aaand I just don’t know what to write about so thats whatchu get.

So what I noticed right away, is the absence of a lot of different wildlife that I was used to seeing everyday back in Canada. I might of taken it for granted but rabbits, squirels, deer, racoons, the occasional bear, coyotes, foxes, turkeys and i’m sure i’m missing some species but yeah, thats a lot compared to here. So far I’ve met a lot of dogs, a lot of cats and the usual birds, like robins and pigeons and the such. Last week I heard of a bear coming onto one of the neighboring towns but apparently it hasn’t happened in a really long time and everyone I asked told me it was the first time they heard about a bear coming this close to the city. My guess is that the city itself is much older than Canada in general so that might explain why everything is so scarce.

What caught my attention the most are the dogs. They definitely bring something to the city. I know there are dogs specifically trained to help those who are blind go for walks or do their groceries, but when you see an average street dog walk up to an intersection and either look BOTH ways before crossing or wait for the pedestrian light to change to green before going is just great. It looks like the dogs blend in with society and have their own thing going on. Something i’d advise the groundhogs back in Canada to learn… look both ways.

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Today is THE DAY!

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Today is the day,

Today is the day I can say.

HUUURRRRAAAYYY!!!!!

About 8 months ago, the process began. My fight to stay in Russia began, and was I ever the underdog in this situation. At times I thought they made the process impossible on purpose. It seemed like the country tried to do what it can to get me to give up the idea of getting my temporary residence. I admit some mistakes where made by me misunderstanding and failing to dig deeper for information, but thanks to some people who genuinely put their efforts into making sure everything gets done, I can finally relax (barely) but at least have that off of my shoulders and not have my wife worry about me leaving her for another 3 months. I can finally concentrate on moving forward without worrying about being stunned again.

I genuinely like this country no matter whats being said and how things are being handled. The peoples attitude mirror a very realistic and human way of being. I feel at home here.

I might not have any friends here but my wife is all I need and I’m meeting new people and slowly making connections even thought I’ve never been one to do so. It helps that I work with people now instead of with milk, in a warehouse. Milk has its percs, I enjoyed being able to get lost in my thoughts and just work throught my shift but wokring with people is more satisfying. Human to human relations force me to work on my speech and my people skills.

Forces me to put aside being shy.

One of my worst qualities.

Being shy.

I am getting better though. I can see the progress and i’m liking it. I think this blog is also in a way that I work with that even though I don’t really have to speak to anyone face to face, I still get things out. I must say, I read my posts and it looks like I have horrible structure and my thoughts spread into multiple unrelated branches.

But hey, its a learning process. I just hope it’ll also improve.

Summer of change.

This summers been very eventful and full of change. 

I find myself getting comfortable with routine since it brings stability and the possibility to plan out future endeavors with a bit more ease. But it doesn’t make me happy. Maybe because I fail to move forward quickly enought to make it count. Whatever the reason, I welcome change. The challenge to start fresh and with a different perspective brings about competitive and exhilorating emotions which I crave. 

I’ve always been a type to take risks, but now that I’m married and have to think of my partner into all my actions puts a twist on what I would normally do. By no means am I complaining since I cherish my better half but I find my thoughts need a bit of tweaking since I guess I’m still not used to this feeling after a year. 

I’m currently in an environment different from where I have been for most of my life and I truly enjoy it, but I am having trouble taking the next step. Seeing a concrete path to take in terms of career.

I’ve decided to try something new. I’m currently employed thanks to my new family who’ve helped enormously in my whole move to Russia, but to stop here and not push further would be a grave mistake I can’t let happen.

In the next couple of weeks, my goal will be to get a second job, which I can enjoy and profit from on the side.

As I write this, those emotions I crave start to build up and tells me I’m on the proper path.

Still Here!

So it’s been a while…. Months…. But I’m still here. Haven’t quit writing, just took a fairly long brake. Life’s been different. A lot has happened and most of it good. I’ve been in Russia with my wife for 2 months now and I just found out I got accepted for temporary residency. At first it felt like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders but with that came the realization that I am now to do everything I can to make a life here.

 I must admit……I’m a little nervous. 

To make a life in a place where I don’t really know anyone or how things really work is forcing me to think outside the box, but the more I think about it, maybe by not being from here, I can bring something new to this place. What exactly that will be, I don’t know, but I’m thinking about it day and night. 

This is now my land of opportunity!