I’m still a little shell shocked that is already 2018. In fact we are already one week in. How and when did this happen? This also means I have just 6 months left in Canada which makes me feel incredibly sad.
I spent NYE house party hopping, firework watching, wine drinking and crisp eating. It was fun, until I had to work at 7:45am on New Years Day. I shouldn’t complain as I chose to work but I did appreciate the bacon and egg delivery at 10am. I also didn’t spend a penny so yeah it was a pretty good night.
Now that it is 2018, it is beginning to sink in that I have to leave Canada soon and to be honest I don’t really want to. Yes I want to see my family, my friends and my home but do I feel like I really belong there? Probably not. It is a daunting feeling, it makes me feel a bit sick inside. I’m definitely more nervous about coming home than I was coming to Canada.
Why don’t I just stay? Unfortunately I can’t, not right now anyways. It’s not as easy as just extending my visa. I need money, I need time. Both of which I don’t have right now. I should have started applying for permanent residency (PR) months and months ago. However I don’t want to be a permanent resident of Canada, I just want to be able to freely come and go as I please. I hate how final it feels that my visa expires on 27th June 2018. I can only get one 2 year visa and it’s nearly over.
I’ve met so many people recently who are just starting out on their 2 year visas. I am so jealous. They have such an exciting time ahead. I’ve been there and nearly done that. I’ve had an exciting time so far too. There’s things I would have changed or done differently. And there’s still a lot of things I want to do and see. Time is literally flying by right now.
So what next? To accomplish everything I want to do in Canada. To tick everything off my bucket list or get close to. To have a bloody good time and go out with a bang. Maybe I’ll come home and never want to leave. Maybe I’ll apply for Canadian PR from England. Maybe I’ll do a working holiday visa in New Zealand or Australia. How am I meant to decide? I’m hoping everything will just fall into place. Wish me luck.
I wrote this list back in March 2017 and I think I’ve done a good job at crossing most things off.
Hike Joffre Lakes
- Do the Grouse Grind
- Visit Portland
Attend the Calgary Stampede Visit Vancouver Island – Tofino and Victoria Go snowshoeing Go paddle boarding at Deep Cove
- Hike Garibaldi Lake
- Hike The Stawamus Chief
- Go wine tasting at Okanagan Valley
Do white water rafting Visit Steveston See an ice hockey game
- Do the Whistler bungee
- Learn snowboarding – in progress
Work in a ski resort Go to the Scandinave Spa at Whistler
- Visit Maligne Lake
- Visit Salt Spring Island
Visit Bowen Island Go kayaking
- Ride a seaplane
- Visit Jasper
- Take advantage of the free National Parks pass
- Blog more frequently
- Take more photos
Come back soon to check on my updated bucket list and how I hope to spend my final 6 months in Canada.