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A Busy Little Bee is Me

Yes, I realize the grammar of the title is wrong, but I enjoyed the end rhyme.

These past two weeks have been a lot of fun, and very instructive.

First of all, writing is difficult. Not the writing per say, though that certainly can be a challenge, but rather the selling yourself to potential clients. There are a few clients I am waiting to hear back from, including one very promising lead of a job translating between French and English, but so far I have made most of my money writing for a general article mill company. Although the rate per article is low, selecting articles that can be properly researched and written quickly makes it a fairly reasonable source of income at the moment.

The fish in the Vancouver area is excellent. So far we have purchased lingcod and sole from a fishmonger at the local market.  The lingcod was absolutely fantastic, easy to cook and prepare, with a very meaty texture; we cooked it by covering it in bread crumbs and pan frying it in sesame oil. The sole I will be preparing tonight, using a baked lemon sole recipe. I will also be preparing a black rice risotto to go with it, along with some pan-fried burdock root.  These are all new recipes, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out, but I expect it to be delicious.

Last weekend we visited the Vancouver Aquarium, and it is an experience I strongly recommend. The layout of the aquarium is excellent, with areas for the various animals. My favourite of the outdoor animals was likely the lone sea otter in one tank, which was continuously spinning around in the water while grooming itself. The indoor exhibits were also a lot of fun; the tropical area completely astounded me with how well it was done. There is a section of it that you can actually walk through, with various birds, butterflies and apparently sloths (we never saw any) all moving through the trees around you.

This weekend we plan on hiking up Grouse Mountain, a trail nicknamed the Grouse Grind. We expect it to take us two hours; it will be interesting to see how well we will manage it.


A New City, a New Job, A New Blog…What Could Go Wrong?

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?