Category Archives: Canada

Leaving Canada, O Canada

I have achieved the #1 thing on my list “Things to do 2013” and have got a new job! In October I am starting as a Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University.

St. Joseph Bay, Cape Scott, Vancouver Island, 2013

St. Joseph Bay, Cape Scott, Vancouver Island, 2013

Obviously I’m very excited to be taking the next step forward in my academic career, and to be moving back to the UK as I’ll be (much!) closer to friends and family, but I am sad to leave Canada as I don’t really feel like I’ve had enough time here….

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Electric boxes in Canada

Victoria May 2013 063As well as the beautiful mountains, islands, and beaches where I currently live in Victoria, B.C., an aspect of the city landscape that brightens my day everytime I see one is the decorated electric boxes that they have here.

I don’t know what they are officially called – electricity sub-station boxes maybe? But anyway, they are all around the city. Some are decorated in relation to the local area – downtown history, for example, and others are just beautiful designs, patterns, paintings, or photos of local sights.

I wasn’t sure if this was just a Victoria thing, but I’ve now spotted them in Vancouver and Calgary too. I think they are a really good idea. They are interesting, and the history ones are informative, and they just make what is usually just a grey boring box on the side of the street a little more cheery.

Anyway, one of my aims while I am here in Victoria is to take photos of all of the different designs that I see! (Too geeky? Who cares!) After the fold you can see a photo gallery of all the boxes I’ve seen so far!

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Road tripping

Route from Richmond to Victoria, September 2012

I’m moving to Canada!!!!

This is the approximate route I am taking across the US in a UHaul truck with one of my best friends in the world, Dr. Sarah Smith.  The plan is 11 days to cross the continent and then a few days of looking for an apartment and then I will be living in Canada!  I’m a bit excited, can you tell?!

Wish us luck.  No breakdowns.  No crashes.  And no-one stealing all my worldly possessions from the back of the truck.  Thanks.

See you on the other side!