Pet passports and more: adventures in moving home

When I graduated from Nipissing University in North Bay, with my Bachelors of Education back in 2009, there were few job openings for newly qualified teachers here in Ontario. This was one of the factors that led to my choice to move overseas to teach in England. It was a simple choice but a complicated process – I sold my house in Hamilton and put my furniture and life in “temporary” storage. At the time I thought I would be away for a year or two – not nine whole years! Continue Reading

Returning Home: A Canadian Leaving the UK

I’ve just returned to springtime in England after a week back in snowy, late winter Ontario. What I was doing was making the final preparations for the big move back this May after 8 1/2 years of living and working in the UK.

While back, many of the people I spoke with seemed surprised that we’d want to leave England and come back to Ontario. One of the most common questions I heard was “Why?” They then pointed out how close I was to Europe, or spoke of castles, or how the cultural centre of London was practically at our door step, or they said, “You’ll miss Harry and Meghan’s wedding!”

Let’s step back to the morning of June 23, 2016 – Continue Reading