so i think we might have our fill of london. i will miss: - the art - the bands - the food (not british food though) - the close proximity to where we would really like to be - our awesome buddies on this side of the atlantic
i will not miss: - the dirt, garbage and grime everywhere - shocking oplance juxtaposed with abject poverty - the sloppy apathetic violent drunks - the skulking murderous youths - overpricednessness
it's been a crazy ride, london, you psychotic neurotic money-hungry bitch.
so back to canada is that right? halifax or broader horizons? i was tempted by a job at nscad in the slide library, rebecca young's job but i don't really want to be in halifax for the long haul, especially broke and single. i've already done that. i don't know how long i can stick out living in banff. i'm getting shack wacky it's so small! montreal is the only other canadian city i am interested in inhabiting so i'm planning for that or argentina sometime in the new year. if i can figure out how to make good canadian money in argentina to pay the blasted student loans and i'm also waiting on an invitation to visit from the boy ivan.
sarah August 7, 2006 09:54 AM PDT yes, canada! the new world! it's hard to say where we'll go. probably anywhere with ok jobs and somewhere i can go back to school. i think we're favoring montreal but are scared of that whole bilingual thing. vancover seems alright for being way the hell on the other frigging side of the world and even halifax would have it's charms (good cheap sushi). it's all just a question of employment.
so ivan! is the peruvian accent as sexy as that name?
i can't help but hope we both manage to find our way to montreal. the more the merrier!
sarah August 7, 2006 11:33 AM PDT ageninia accent! fuck. is hould switch back to caffinated coffee probably.
sarah August 7, 2006 11:33 AM PDT *groan*
brownie August 7, 2006 05:50 PM PDT
hey ya montreal would be wicked good if we all move there. there has been a slight exodus of art kids i know from bc and halifax to that region. i've heard differing opinions on the language problem. many montrealers seem to get by just fine without speaking french others say it's essential. i guess it can't hurt to learn and you'd probably pick it up fast if you were keen. i, like rodney took french imersion. kindergarten to grade 7 and then i droped out of the program for english. i'm a little rusty though cause i've never really had the occasion to use the darned language much in "real life". so fingers crossed we all end up in montreal for decaf americano's and whole wheat bagels with locks!
To be honest I don't miss it much either! But I do miss the people... when would you move?! A little selfish part of me is incredibly pleased because it will be easy for me to come stay with you and you to come stay with me. A few days visit would be so much satisfying that an afternoon here and there...
Elina August 8, 2006 09:04 AM PDT
Tulin viime yönä Saksasta ja tuntuu et oon ollu vuosia pois koneelta. Luin just sun kirjotuksen Jonnalle ja voi luoja kuin hirveeta!!! En käsitä et tollasta voi tapahtua. Eli te siis muutatte? Ja mun mielestä ihan väärälle puolelle atlanttia!!!!! Yritän päästä meseen tänään illalla kotona. Oon nyt töissä ja tääl on pyllyä. Ei juuri kiinnosta mikään. Haluisin takas saksaan. Voikaa hyvin!! Olette kaikki rakkaita.
Nicholas August 9, 2006 10:12 AM PDT
Having lived in Montreal for a couple years my experience is that you either have to be really lucky or well-connected to find a good job if you don't speak French. It's easy anf fun to survive as a "student" or whatever, but after that phase, when it comes down to it you need to speak French if you want to function without major limits. There are exceptions of course, but most of the time it's true... You totally can get by on a daily street level (shopping in a store or eating out or talking socially to new people) speaking only English, but in general finding a decent job and can be another thing...
When are you guys thinking of moving?
sarah August 9, 2006 05:57 PM PDT i guess montreal is sort of at the top of our fantasy list, but i think we realize that we don't stand a chance against a fluent quebequoise for any job worth having.
really we just want some place where rodney can earn some money and i can go back to school. we're not picky at this point.
is the job situation better in bc?
Nicholas August 10, 2006 08:44 AM PDT
I'm not there for a couple more days, but I don't see how it can't be better. I mean, I'm not looking for a "career job" anyway. I want to just have an enjoyable "side job" while I do art/design untill that takes over full-time after a couple years (hopefully hopefully). In Vancouver I can hopefully actually find a job like that where I make money and save and put it towards art. You don't get payed much at jobs like that here. Hopefully there is a market for music-related design/illustration/pop-graphics/screenprinting and I will become a huge star (sure....).
Today I was hanging out with a good artist friend from Toronto and we were talking about this exact thing. He said he wishes you could actually make/save money in Montreal because it's a way cooler city. But in general you can't. It's fun and happening but there isn't much money to be made here.
You should apply to schools and see where you get in! That's basically how we've decided where to go the last 2 moves. Apply to schools only in the cities you wouldn't mind living in anyway, and see what offers you get back.
OK... I have blabbed in your comments too much now...
Damon August 11, 2006 02:18 PM PDT
Canada! I thought you were going to Berlin!
Well, BC sounds good, I'd like it just for the surfing, and I've heard that their sushi is better than ours. And cheaper.
sarah August 11, 2006 02:43 PM PDT thats for all the information nicholas. it seems like halifax would be ideal if it weren't for the
1) lack of good live music, or at least international bands that would be nice to see live.
2) the inflated price
3) the all-too-cozy art scene
4) lack of good jobs that pay decent wages
so we're trying to find somewhere that would be better but yet not totally unrealistic. keep us posted on your adventures out west!
sarah August 11, 2006 02:47 PM PDT berlin was plan a (staying here was plan b, moving to finland was plan c and now we're down to the ever-patient plan d), but we got squeemish about the idea of moving to a city where we didn't speak the language where our employability would be less than promising. maybe we just should have gone straight to berlin ad skipped life in the london boroughs. but we're coming back to the maritimes. you're just bursting with joy, right? joy or no joy, i hope you have time for coffee at some point!
Damon August 12, 2006 04:07 PM PDT
Of course I will. As long as it's not at... hmm, there isn't really a trendy coffee shop right now. Or I'm like totally out of touch. :)
sarah August 12, 2006 10:29 PM PDT it better be at the trendiest!
find out or else
Damon August 14, 2006 05:12 PM PDT
You know how lazy I am about that sort of stuff! If it doesn't fall into my lap I'm just not interested. It's probably One World anyway. :D
guylaine August 20, 2006 04:27 PM PDT
wow, canada, thats gonna be a change :) for the better, me hopes!
i second the getting a good job in montreal without speaking at least some french is damn near impossible...
its a shame though, you would of been so close to me, we could of become the best of buds :P
good luck with your big wonderfull exciting new plans!
is moving to the maritimes official? i love it so there, i'd go in a heart beat if it wasnt for finding a job and not being too good in english...