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January 30, 2006 – Planning for the Future

Today was a typical Monday – I had the day off and caught up on being relaxed. In the evening The Penpal came over after work and we ordered food and hung out.

Since my friend UPS had come to visit, I had been seriously thinking about returning to Canada. I enjoy teaching English, but know it won’t be my career. The biggest problem would be leaving The Penpal behind. We had talked before about her moving to Canada, but tonight we actually seriously discussed the idea. I was happy to hear that she was not only interested, but actually excited about the idea of moving to Canada and living with me!

Japan and Canada have a Working Holiday Visa that allows people under a certain age to work and travel in the other country for up to a year. We decided that when I returned to Canada (likely before the end of the year), that she would apply for a working holiday visa and come with me. That gives us a year to see how we enjoy living together and how she enjoys being away from home before we have to make any other decisions.

She told me that she would talk to her parents about the idea, and we parted ways both happy, excited, and very much looking forward to new adventures together.

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March 16, 2004 – Where the f**k is the immigration office?

Today’s plan was to go to the immigration office near Shinyurigaoka station to extend my Working Holiday Visa. In case you haven’t been following along, I couldn’t get a full working visa due to a delay in my official graduation (thanks for nothing University of Manitoba). In order to get to Japan, I obtained a Working Holiday Visa which allows me to live and work in Japan for up to one year. For some reason it is offered in 6 month periods, so to stay for a year I need to renew after 6 months.

Instead of getting up bright and early like intended, I kept setting my alarm ahead. After sleeping in for an extra few hours, I pried myself out of bed, threw on some clothes, scarfed down some Frosted Flakes and hopped on a train. Upon reaching Shinyurigaoka station, I realized that I had been given bad directions (a recurring theme). I wandered around for about half and hour, and even went into the wrong government building. Finally I decided to give up and returned home to get a better map and some good natured abuse from the people I live with.

Song of the day is U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name.

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September 17, 2003 – The Visa arrives

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I just got my visa in the mail today. I am now good to go.

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Don’t get too relaxed – still lots of things to do!!!

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September 9, 2003 – Trip to Edmonton

I got back from Edmonton yesterday. Very quick trip, but still fun. All went well with the consulate. Casualties of the trip: one pillow (left in hotel), one towel (stolen from waterpark), one skunk (run over on highway). Can’t complain!

2013 note 1 – The Ex and I drove to Edmonton to visit the consulate. This was a bit awkward knowing that I was going away for a year and that our relationship was going to become more challenging. Winnipeg to Edmonton is approximately a 14 hour drive. Driving through Saskatchewan is BORING. Hitting the skunk was the most exciting thing that happened on the way to Edmonton, but unfortunately the outside of the car smelled like skunk for the rest of the trip.

At the consulate I filled out the forms for a working holiday visa. I had to answer questions about where I was going to travel and what I was planning to do for work. You are not supposed to get a working holiday visa if you already have a job in Japan. NOVA warned me that telling the consulate that I had a job lined up could disqualify me from the working holiday visa. Technically I wouldn’t have a job until I landed at Narita airport and signed my employment contract, so I wasn’t really lying.

While I was waiting, a blonde woman came into the consulate and started filling out forms. She asked me if I was applying for a working holiday too. I answered yes. She asked me if I had a job waiting. I answered no. She made some small talk and asked me again if I had a teaching job waiting. I still answered no. To this day I think she was working for the consulate and trying to trip me up on my visa application.

2013 note 2 – The only other exciting thing that happened in Edmonton was that I got a call from one of my close female friends. She had just learned that she was pregnant from her boyfriend. The pregnancy was unplanned. I got this phone call about 30 minutes before The Ex and I were going to be back in the hotel having some… um… alone time. Learning about a friend’s unplanned pregnancy is a serious mood killer. Thanks for that friend!!

Overall, the Edmonton trip was successful and I returned to Winnipeg with less than a month to go before moving!

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