thoughts on balance and flow

So the past few weeks have been… a learning experience to say the least. Actually it really felt like my whole world was shaking, as if an earthquake hit me and tumbled me to the ground. Before that, however, life was peaceful. I had a routine, was staying healthy and I really felt I was…

Every day is a process

It’s that time for us, folks. Ever since we decided we weren’t moving to Japan to teach English, we decided that maybe a change of scenery is really what we need. So, we are moving! Still within Ottawa, of course; but this time we are moving out of the basement, away from the trolls, and…

Updates

About 2 months ago, Pat and I were preparing for the JET Programme interview. After about a month of paperwork for the initial application process beforehand, we nailed an interview with the Japanese Embassy. It turns out, we were successful! As of March 28, 2019 we passed the interview and were accepted into the JET…

Made in Canada

Have you ever stopped to think about the landscapes in Canada? This country takes on many shapes and sizes and with these, various cultures and ways of life. I’ve traveled a bit through Canada, visiting Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia (I have obviously failed to visit the east coast – but soon, I promise!)….

Tasting culture

As previously posted, I was teaching an ESL course called “Fee for Service” where students pay a fee and get lessons – as opposed to other ESL classes such as LINC where it’s government funded for new immigrants. In this class, my students were visitors here on vacation, or here on a visa of some…

Live, work, breathe… coffee!

After a while of part-time tutoring and teaching, I found I still wasn’t making enough. I was spending way too much time traveling around the city of Ottawa trying to make ends meet with barely 20 hours to my work week. To be fair, a teacher’s wage is excellent, but it’s hard finding full time….

the winter wastes of Ottawa

It’s only about a month into the new year and Ottawa has never felt this cold. Over the past few years that I have lived in this city, the weather has never been as consistently freezing as this year; with temperatures dropping to a frigid -23 degrees Celsius on average. Now, since Ottawa is located…