When we were back in Belgium, we used to be disappointed about our country and our work situations. Often we would even be quite angry about it. Then we decided to take our lives into our own hands and changed everything. It would be very easy to become kind of smirk about this and start bribing about how perfect the Vancouver live is.
Fortunately we did not fall into this trap. I do think my live in Vancouver is as close to perfect as it has ever been, but there is no such thing as a perfect country or city. It is the state of mind we reached by creating our own path what truly changed our lives. I want to add to that that we should be very humble that this chance was given to us, because even though we initiated it, Canada was so nice to let us in.
Living in Vancouver for 6 months now, made me realize that our parents, friends, education, work and previous country are part of our history and are part of who we are today. Since we moved here, both of us felt more Belgian then ever before. Don’t get me wrong, I would not go back there because we left for the right reasons, but it made me apreciate a lot of things that I always took for granted. Feel free to ask us why we left, but be prepared to get a very long and dry reply about taxes, politics and questionable policies. I took it for granted that I was able to see my friends and family whenever I felt the need to. I took it for granted to have the world’s best beers (I am prepared to repeat that under oath) great wines and delicious chocolates at low prices. With this change we made a big sacrifice.
Vancouver is a city of tough love, but the more you put into it, the more you’ll get in return. This is probably what everyone who moves to another country should keep in mind: learn the language (obviously, or you will remain a tourist forever) embrace opportunities and open yourself up to new impulses and people.
As Belgian Vancouverites we embrace our new lives and grow as persons, photographers and husband and wife, every day.