I Have a Canadian Dream.


I have this dream…

I have this dream. I want to work in sustainable architecture and urbanism, and contribute to make our world greener. But reality got in the way, the reality of the working world in Belgium. I couldn’t find my first job after finishing my studies, the one that’s so difficult to get because of a lack of experience.

So I dreamed bigger, further… Canada. The second biggest country in the world, a country open to immigrants, with a more flexible job market, multicultural, bilingual, open-minded (and, I have to say it, cold!). But if I chose Canada it’s mostly because of Vancouver, this city that wants to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. vegetable garden on building roofs, improvement of public transportation, construction of sustainable buildings at the city scale, going back to nature, countless efforts are made in all areas and by everybody to achieve this goal an beyond. Because the city even wants to be renewable by 2050, which means it will get all the energy consumed from renewable sources. Working in this city was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

It’s a Canadian Dream.

So this dream has turned into a Canadian dream. And becomes a reality, because in less than two weeks I’m moving to Vancouver. After one month waiting for my one year working visa, I moved out of my apartment, sold all my belongings, I am going to say goodbye to all my friends and family, pack my bags and live my Canadian dream.

The last moments before my departure.

Like many moving away from home before me, my emotions are very contrasted in the last moments before this big trip. Excitement, happiness, sadness, fear, restlessness, melancholy, a rainbow of conflicting feelings has gone through me for the past few weeks. My decision to jump into this adventure was easy to make but leaving is not as easy as I thought it would be. But it made me realize how lucky I am to have such great friends and family.

My dear friends and family you’ll always be with me wherever I go!

Do you want to know more about the green initiative of Vancouver and its people? It’s this way:

Greenest City Vancouver
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Digging into the next adventure

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What about you, why did you move to another country, and how did you feel before leaving?

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