Hubby & I emigrated from Scotland to Canada 1998. People always ask us 'why?'.. and I always say there isn't a simple answer to that.. more like a lot of ingredients made up the pot of our decision.
- Looking for better future for our wee boy.
- A better life-style
- Being part of, and contributing toward, a relatively 'new' country
- Better weather (apart from winter!)
- Emigration is part of our family make-up (hubby's aunt & uncle came here late 1950's... and I have family in Australia)
- I survived late stage cancer (boy.. did THAT change my thought process!)
People always say it must have been a hard decision... but it was actually quite easy. After much research, visits to Canada (together: 1... hubby: 10 before I met him) and family anecdotes.. well, we just decided rather than 'why?' it became 'why not?' We've spoken to so many people who have said they'd thought about it in the past, but didn't do anything and now regret it.
We didn't want to be like that.... no looking back with thoughts of 'what if...?' They way we saw it, worse case scenario would be that if it didn't work, we would just go back. But at least we would have tried.
I can't pretend it's been plain sailing. We've made some major financial sacrifices to come here and get on our feet, but all in all we think it's been worth it.
Things I miss....
- My sisters...
(my mother is here.. we sponsored here 10 years ago
- My friends....
- People knowing what I'm talking about..
- People understanding my accent...
- Boots the chemist, British Home Stores, Marks & Spencers, Woolies
- Christmas Number 1 in the charts (do they still do that and is it still important?)
- The postie delivering letters through my letterbox twice a day, and a Saturday too (mailboxes here, Mon-Fri 1xday)
- First- fittin' (we go to a local Scottish pub to toast to everyone and 'take in the bells' at 7pm our time.. UK midnight time)
As far as food is concerned.. honestly don't miss much. For a while visitors HAD to bring Aberdeen rowies (a local pastry) and smokey back bacon.. but we don't even like those anymore because out taste-buds and diet has changed (for the better.. much healthier now.) Althoug hubby just HAS to have his British chocolate.. which he pays through the nose for... but I have to admit is much better than the same product here. Same brand but different taste.. I think maybe they put less milk in here?
I must say we are so much more 'Scottish' here than we were back in Scotland. Funny that eh?..
Oh dear... look what you've started BevC....I had better stop... I'm getting all nostalgic....
Said way more than I had intended!
We love Canada and do not regret for a moment making this our home. We are Canadian citizens and hold both Canadian and UK passports. Believe it or not, there are many Canadians who don't have passports!
Our son is now 'Canadian' but with a Scottish flavour..
As my avator says... I am Scotnadian!