We knew we had to move away from the US and don’t regret it now seeing the country deteriorate. Healthcare was the main reason seeing what Mr Trump is doing I expect access to services would have seriously been affected, not that I could afford anything under the ACA either.
So off we jolly well went back to wonderful Vancouver, Canada – however, this move was more stressful than others on a number of fronts.
Driving from Denver into Canada was amazing, going through areas I have never seen before. We took our time but it was worth it. The first piece of bad luck came when my iPhone decided to do a kamikaze impersonation out of the car window off a cliff. It was clear there would be no recovery so I deleted the data from it remotely, luckily I am completely anal about backing up. So I was without a phone for a while until the insurance paid for a new one.
Upon crossing the border we had to “export” our car. At this point the US immigration officer decided that he would shout, talk down to me and basically lie about legislation that I was totally up to date with. I didn’t say that my husband had previously worked for US immigration or I had got advice from one of the top immigration lawyers in the US before departing. So, I just stood there, let him think he was putting me down, and of course remained enthusiastically cooperating all the way. He wanted me to give up my US permanent residency card which I was extremely happy to do. Eventually they warmed to me and I made them laugh making them feel good they had got rid of another immigrant out of their country. Maybe they were super stressed out given the political environment they have to work in but did notice there was no picture of Trump in their facility, unusual for a US government office – so they couldn’t have been all that bad. We arrived in Canada and the staff there were amazing.
Our first week in Canada we stayed near Crescent Beach, near White Rock, oh that was totally wonderful and relaxing; the perfect place to detox from the US. We quickly found a rental in Coquitlam which was a little stressful but considered ourself really lucky to find an affordable and convenient place in a very rough market. We stayed in Coquitlam for about 3 months while we looked for a place to buy. We certainly saw some “interesting” places that were really not fit to live in and expensive at the same time. We did find a lovely apartment in an estate that is extremely difficult to get in, but we did have to view and put in an offer the same day. The process was slightly difficult as the sellers agent was totally out with the fairies, so basically some of the work was done directly with the seller who was lovely.
The most stressful experience was when the moving company in Denver “dropped” one of the four containers destroying many of the items we owned, in particular our furniture. They tried to hide the fact they did it and blame the drivers company. They also stole some items from us. We are dealing with the Canadian company to go through the insurance process but I will be naming the Denver company soon as I don’t want others to experience the same criminal behaviour. Reading through feedback on the company and connecting with others this has been happening for many years and has to stop.
So we are in mid-October coming to the end of our settling in process and looking forward to easier times.