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On the early morning of the 3rd of May 2016, I left Vancouver where I have lived almost 1 year with a working holiday visa. I took a flight to Los Angels first, I killed time to transit to Miami for 12hours in Los Angels, I killed time to transit flight to Colombia for 10 hours again in Miami Airport. It was such a long time and I spent almost 36 hours to just transfer from Vancouver to Colombia. Anyway, I arrived in Cartagena on the evening of 4th of May and I’m in Cartagena, Colombia right now.
It was time to leave from Canada because my working holiday visa was going to expire at the end of May. I really wanted to stay more in Canada and I was torn between extending Canada’s visa or not, but it was just a visitor visa and I couldn’t work with a legal job with it and Furthermore, I already have a working holiday visa for New Zealand which I applied for on my last day of 30 years old (My birthday is 15th of May) and also If I will get in New Zealand until the 20th of May, I can get a one year visa as working holiday in New Zealand. Because of those I decided to leave from Canada tearfully and go to New Zealand, then I decided to drop by South America for traveling first because it is a rare opportunity and I want to rest in some cheaper country before I start to work and survive in New Zealand. Then I chose to drop by Colombia. Because it is one of my favorite countries and I had a lot of great experiences when I had been there 8 years ago.
Anyway, Today, I want to write about my thoughts on a year which I spent in Canada and I really want to express my gratitude to every friend who I met in Canada.
First of all, I arrived at Vancouver airport from Manila, Philippine on the 25th of may 2015. I had a Japanese friend “Chigu” who I have been drinking together within Tokyo and who moved to Vancouver now, and I stayed on her couch for 2 days, then I stayed on somebody else’s couch, some of the cheapest guesthouses and Chigu’s friend house for a while. Of course, I came to Canada to write my new book which I mentioned on Episode1 and 2 of my “Story” pages and I should practice my English and draw portraits of Canadian friends. because of that, those days I mentioned above, I just tried to find a good place to draw portraits and I thought Vancouver is a little bit small and difficult for that. I was thinking a lot to move to Toronto, but I found the most peaceful beach in the world and I decided to stay in Vancouver and I moved to a friend of mine’s share house which had 5 good vibes guys and 1 inexpressible face dog living there at that time and we held a lot of BBQs during summer.
About the beach called Wreck beach I already described it in my post “My thoughts on one year passed from when I left Japan 2” before. So, easily to say, there is a naked beach and furthermore to say, I met a lot of naked people there and I drew their portrait with my naked situation. There are everything I need, and a lot of peaceful people hung out with their friends and enjoyed the beach and being naked under the beautiful sunshine. If I say a word, every one of those days was really like a festival and I have become friends with them and they cared for me kindly even though, I didn’t really understand them at that time with my English skill.
Then, summer was over and I finally looked for a normal job since I was in Canada for 6 months ago. I found the restaurant job in North Vancouver and I worked there as dishwasher and preparation of food with very kind people and they gave me the opportunity to cook, even tough, only 1 month passed since I started to work because I asked the chef that I want to get some experience as different as I can get it in Japan.
However, after less than 10 days, I received a mail about an interview of a ski resort job from the company of Whistler which I applied for when I sent my resume to over 20 companies to get a job when summer was over. I was thinking a lot about it but I went to Whistler for an interview and just to be sure about Whistler (I couldn’t get that job but I found a restaurant which I could work as a dishwasher the same day) and 3 more times to find a place to stay.
I was thinking a lot whether I will move to Whistler or stay in Vancouver because I had a lot of beautiful summer experiences in Vancouver and I started to really like this city. But I also wanted to get some special winter experience which no other country can do and I thought that a ski resort can make it better than Vancouver. During it, I was thinking a lot (I spent time almost 1 month for it) I started to build this website and on my grandma’s 80th birthday I kept my deadline and released it. Then winter came in Canada.
So, I already mentioned about the episodes of life at the ski resort in Whistler on this website severely (It’s all because of snow1,2 and going back to square one) and I already wrote about it until when I broke my right knee and I wanted to go back to the top of the mountain.
After one week, I came back to the mountain to snowboard and I started to practice snowboarding again and finally, because of my friend Samson who was a coworker at my restaurant job and he let me stay at his house after I was kicked out from my apartment, I made my debut at the snow parks and I practiced how to make a jump from that day.
It was an unknown world for me and I was excited about Being able to explore that world. Samson taught me how to make a jump well and I tried it every day. My knee was still not good but I couldn’t stop going to the mountain because the more I practiced, the better I become tomorrow and I can do something I couldn’t do yesterday. even though I fell down a lot, and I crashed the ground hardly. Then finally, my knee screamed with pain and It became hard to walk because of it.
I was also done with work on my two jobs which I had during the winter and I was drinking with my ex-coworker every day (because we hold a lot of fair well parties), then on the 16th of April, winter was already over a long time ago, the day of leaving Whistler came to me.
I really liked the life of the ski resort as much as the life of the summer in Vancouver. I was really busy working hard on my two jobs and I couldn’t spend money to hang out with friends or go to drink, but I was lucky because I got a free season pass, I could go up to the mountain and I could really understand how interesting snowboarding is. Furthermore, I could meet a lot of friends who came from all over the world. I really appreciate that I could spend time in Whistler with them. Especially, friends who were learning English as me, thank you for giving me a good opportunity to learn English delightfully, and friends who can speak English also thank you for letting me understand as I can’t speak English well.
After I came back to Vancouver, I stayed at the cheapest guesthouse in Vancouver. There are a lot of posters for warnings about bed bugs and the cost of staying was CA$60 for 1 week even though, It was in downtown. I stayed there for one week and I came back to my old house where I spent time before I left Vancouver through a friend of mine Collin’s kindness. Then finally, I came back at Wreck beach again.
Even though, It was still the end of April, There are a lot of people there and of course they are already naked as usual. It was as nothing had changed it’s the same as last summer. I met a lot of people who I met and drew their portrait last summer. I was really glad that I can meet them again and that everybody remembered me. The sun also didn’t change it’s the same as last time, beautiful sunshine lighted us up and I took my underpants off.
While being naked and enjoying beautiful time with my friends under the sun, I was thinking about my life of this year which I spent in Canada as I came here for a working holiday. A lot of good things happened to me and I had a lot of good experience but honestly, I also had a lot of bad experience more of it because of my poor English. I couldn’t use time effectively to study English even though I really know that I should do it and I also couldn’t speak with my friends from Canada with confidence. I lost my way and I was confused about why I should study English a lot of times. But when I was faced with the end of life of Canada on the most peaceful beach in the world, I’m really sure that all those things that happened to me have made me bigger than before I came to Canada and while I was watching a beautiful sunset, I just felt I don’t want to leave Canada.
Thank you for reading this till the end. This is my thought on a year of my working holiday life of Canada. As you noticed, I just spent time in Vancouver and Whistler. The distance between those cities was only 125 km and this is Canada in my brain, even though Canada is a huge country. But I can bet that my decision to choose those two cities was all right because of all the friends who I met there and all the beautiful experience which I got there. Furthermore, I’m really sure that one year of life in Canada is very short for me and because of that, I will absolutely come back to this huge country on one day.