Discovering America!

 

After 13 hours of an unexpectedly pleasant flight, we landed in Canada! It is the first time in my life that i was standing on the American continent and it felt good, right from the start  🙂

First i had to go through all these bureaucratic procedures and then i was free to find my place, at the coolest place of North America. The amazing Montreal city! That’s my first photo waiting for the bus here.

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I took the bus and met with my first host. He was the hospitable Babak, who treated me extraordinary well in his house, considering i was still extremely tired, not in a good mood because i lost my girlfriend, plus the painful jet lag because of the long distance flight. As you can understand i was very much in a bad state, but Babak was right there for me. He let me rest in his apartment, for my body to recover, he cooked amazing meals for me and he took me out to different restaurants to taste different flavours from around the world, even from Greece! We had pita gyros, as you can see…

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He also invited me at a rooftop party! Even though the rain ruined all the fun, it was still really interesting!

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Thank you so much for your greatness man, i owe you but i will be around to repay  😉

After 3 days it was time to move on and meet my old friend Eric, along with his huge dog Baba!

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I first met Eric four years ago, at the end of Walk to Greece, another traveling project that i was a part of. From the first moment we had a very good relationship and understanding, so there he was in front me now! He told me that i can stay in his house for as long as i wanted and he did his best, to really make me feel comfortable with it. Eric is the perfect person. He helps me not because he has to, but from the deep bottom of his heart. He has helped me so much until now, that sometimes it’s hard to believe.

After all i had been through in Asia and especially the way i left, had made a mark on me and i needed some time of peace of mind to recover, both physically and mentally. At this time i also met with my very good friend Anna and her sweet little daughters at the park.

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We met with Anna also 4 years ago, in Walk to Greece project, actually she was the one who started it. We had such intense and amazing moments back then and it was so nice to meet her again, after all all this time!

Though, after some resting days, i knew i had to get out there and find a job. After all, that was why i was in Canada in the first place. At the time, i didn’t have legal papers yet to start working, as my “Working Holiday Visa” was not yet approved, but i tried anyway… And it worked! After 1 week of searching, and by Eric’s help(again), i found a job in the kitchen of a smoked meat restaurant, “illegally”.

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What i had to do was simple… Cut down all the vegetables!

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For 15 days in a raw, i cut like, 20.000 onions, 10.000 peppers, lots of carrots, cabbage and more stuff! It was sometimes exhausting, but at least i had a job and i could make some money for my stay here. The reason for cutting down al those vegetables, was the Mural Festival, that was right outside the restaurant.

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It is all about street art and street food, which both of them are on top level in Montreal. You can taste delicious food, from every cuisine across the globe and you can see the coolest graffitis!

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There are hundred’s of them and in general, there is street art everywhere you look.

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So after 2 weeks of cutting vegetables and acclimatizing myself into the city, i had an email from the Canadian Immigration Agency, which informed me that my working visa was approved. Hurraaaayyyyyyy!!!!!  😀

The only thing that was missing, was to go and meet the officer, so that he could give me the official papers. In order to do that though, i had to get out of the country… Sounds stupid, right? And it actually is… I thought that bureaucracy existed only in Greece, but after this i realized that it is everywhere the same. Even in Canada, one of the most developed countries in the world. Anyway, i had to stop complaining, go out there and get the job done.

Eric was beside me once again. He offered to drive me with his car until the Canada-USA border, to make it happen. Eric I love you man  <3

We started one sunny day,

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Eric, Baba and me at the car

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and we enjoyed our lovely ride! Until we got at the border. There we found the officer that was his job to give me the visa. He also told us that it is stupid, but we have to actually cross to the USA and then turn the car around and come back to him… We were all laughing on how hilarious this is, but we had to do this little last step. We went there and after crossing the border, we turned around!

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We hurried at the office and after 15 minutes, i was officially certified to live and work in Canada for a whole year! We were both very happy that we made it and went back to celebrate with beers   😆

After all the unluckiness in Korea, lady luck was here for me again and i welcomed her with my open arms! I am officially a Montreal citizen now, so let’s see what this amazing city has more to offer.

 

To Be Continued…