The morning after my girlfriend and I arrived in New Westminster, we still hadn’t had the chance to buy our groceries, so we headed out into the down-town area to find somewhere to eat. Deciding we wanted something simple, we looked around until we found this little whole-in-the-wall called Good Eats Cafe that was just opening up its doors for the day.
The menu was simple; they offered a few soups, several sandwiches, and a variety of drinks. Inquiring about the soup, we found out it wasn’t going to be ready for another 30 minutes, but the owner offered to heat up a small amount for us, if we wanted. We ended up ordering the following:
- hot chocolate
- beef and barley soup
- cucumber and cream cheese sandwich
- breakfast sandwich (toasted bread, egg, bacon, cheese)
Hello, and welcome to everyone!
First off, an introduction. My name is Sebastien, a University of Waterloo student in his last year of studies. My major? Biology. My minor? English literature. An odd combination to those who don’t know me, but a logical one to those who do.
To those of you who don’t know, the University of Waterloo offers an option to its programs called Co-op. Student will alternate between 4 months of study and 4 months at a work placement. The work placement is obtained by applying to jobs posted on UW ‘s jobsite. If selected, you will have an interview, after which you can get matched with the job based on how you and the employer ranked each other.
Now, this period of 4 months, from September to December 2011, is my last Co-op term. And it’s also my girlfriend’s last Co-op term. Wanting an adventure she applied for, and was matched with, a job in the Vancouver area. Woohoo! (UW is in landlocked Ontario. For someone who loves seafood as she does, she was quite excited about moving to the coast for 4 months).
Upon our learning this news, I was faced with a dilemma; either I continue attempting to find a job in Ontario, or I move with my girlfriend to Vancouver. After weighing the pros and cons (living without my girlfriend for 4 months VS living with my girlfriend for 4 months), the choice was clear; I’m moving to Vancouver!
Of course, I didn’t want to simply bum off of my girlfriend. So we talked about it, and agreed upon the following: I would try my hand at freelance writing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do, and have never had the guts to actually try. This is the perfect opportunity, we thought, and so here I am. This blog is to be an outlet for me, both so I can share these new experiences, and so that I can practice my writing.
A new city, a new job, a new blog…what could go wrong?