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Okay, so my partner and I are seriously contemplating moving out to British Columbia. Now, I know that people are going to discourage us via "what are you going to do about housing/work/social life?" etc, etc... However, I am seriously feeling land-locked here in the Canadian shield (I think I was born to be on the coast) and I think that leaving here would force both of us out of this stagnant complacency. We are both university graduates and I'm looking to goto graduate school (apparently BC has a few good graduate programs in my field). Of course, I'm not 100% that I'll make it into their program... I guess I'd know that after I apply in January.<br><br><br><br>
The thing is... well, we have a van. We would like to keep the van, but shipping it over would probably be horribly expensive. We are also working on a rather tight budget. Having been university students, our material lives are rather streamlined. Most of our basic necessities can be fit into the van. We are considering driving from Ontario to BC, finding housing and work before shipping the rest of our things over.<br><br><br><br>
I DO have family in Vancouver (and lots of family) so a place to stay temporarily isn't THAT much of an issue... however... it will place me in an uncomfortable situation because of our lifestyle. I'd rather not rely on family anymore than I have to. I'm actually looking to live in Victoria, on the island.<br><br><br><br>
I'm just... nervous so I wanted to talk about it. I really want to go... the sea is calling me, to put it in a really sappy, new age kind of way. At night, I dream of thundering waves, sand and salt air.<br><br><br><br>
Yet, our society encourages sedentism, settling. I've lived in Ontario for the bulk of my life, it's like an umbilical cord to the safety of the parental womb. My parents want me to come home and get a job in suburbia, like they don't believe I can ever survive outside the womb. Sometimes I don't believe I can leave.<br><br><br><br>
Are we making a huge mistake? Will we end up starving, ruined?
 

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seems like you know what you have to do already. if you want to go badly enough that you dream about it, i'd say you ought to go. maybe though, you can go for a couple weeks ahead of time, check out the area you want to move to, hand out resumes, try to find a place to live, wander around and see if it feels like home. then go back to ontario to pack your stuff.<br><br>
that way you can get a head start but also see for yourself if it's really where you want to be.<br><br><br><br>
of course if finances don't allow a trip, you can do most of that online. <a href="http://www.jobbank.gc.ca" target="_blank">www.jobbank.gc.ca</a> has job listings all over Canada, you can look up apartment listings on other sites, etc.<br><br><br><br>
either way i think it's pretty exciting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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" However, I am seriously feeling land-locked here in the Canadian shield"<br><br>
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I don't think I could live in some places in Canada (like the prairies). In Halifax here I can take the bus downtown to the waterfront (or walk the 1.75 hours there from my apartment which I do sometimes) and be practically on the Ocean (not technically as it's a harbour at this point but the Ocean is only a little bit away. Last week I went to Peggy's Cove for a bit and it's so nice with that cool sea-air <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.acwtc.com/wtca2002/photos/Nova_Scotia/NS_Peggys_Cove400x537.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.acwtc.com/wtca2002/photos...ove400x537.jpg</a>
 

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Rainbowmoon and LadyFaile already said it. You seem to already know what you need. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
That photo is beautiful DK. I've got the same need for the water and luckily enough for me I live on part of the Great Lakes.
 
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