So today is my first day at work here in the office and I can tell you this much already: Oh man, this is exciting! New colleagues, tasks, responsibilities and opportunities are lying ahead of me now and I can’t wait to finally plunge into work and make the most out of the upcoming months in Vancouver!
Why Canada, Marianne? Good question indeed. I have probably answered it a hundred times by now and every time I would add something different to the list of reasons. For me personally, there already is a little bit of a story behind “The Great White North” and myself. And here it is: I used to study International Tourism Management in Austria and as part of the program I was meant to go on exchange for one semester. Hawaii, Mexico, Nepal, Australia and Chile were only some of the amazing destinations I got to choose from. Due to different incidents and very contrary to my first intentions, I then ended up spending five months in beautiful British Columbia last year. And yeah, this is when I fell in love…with the guy in the picture. No not really, of course. I did actually fall in love though: With a place and its people that changed me for the better. It’s not that I had been a horrible person before but I guess I definitely grew more open-minded, spontaneous, outgoing and basically just happier with everything I had. A new (and not particularly nice) town became my home and all the strangers in the beginning were my cute little family when I had to leave. Apart from that, I do believe that Canada as such played a major part in my experience as well, as I got to do stuff I would never have done at home: Paragliding, rock climbing, kayaking, crazy road tripping and eating poutine, for example. Ok the latter was not all that life-changing but certainly interesting.
I am sure that Canada has lots more to offer and I am excited to figure out what it is. For all the INTERNeX candidates out there: I would love to share my experiences with you guys and get to know you at our weekly PuB NiGHTs, fun activities and trips! As far as suggestions, concerns, questions or random stories go, I am more than happy to hear them – you can either find me at the INTERNeX office or else in the pub with a cold beer in my hand. 🙂
Here’s to new fantastic memories in Vancouver, clearly one of the most beautiful cities in one of the most diverse countries on this planet. Let’s head out and explore it together!