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July 13th, 2009
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Made it to Montreal!
We got an early start at 4am, which thanks to my taking a shower, repacking my stuff and a couple of other last-minute bits turned into a late departure. Thanks to shrewd choices of road on Mum's part, we made it to the baggage check line just before it opened, and way before anybody else. We had a cooked breakfast in the airport with Mum, then headed through security (they didn't even check longpig's shoes! Apparently they usually do...) and sat around waiting for our flight to board. Once our gate was open, they just ushered us straight onto a little plane, for our rather uneventful first flight.

We had an hour and a half in Charles De Galle, which, incidentally, is the other direction from where we were going. Most of that time was actually spent on buses getting to the right terminal, and then in the slowest security line I've ever seen. When we finally made it to the gate, it was overrun! The gates weren't separated out, just all in a big lounge, like a few airports I've been to, but there wasn't nearly enough seating by our gate to accommodate the flight, and the speakers in there were so crappy that they might as well have been saying "Madames et Monseurs, wah wah wah wah wah. Ladies and Gentlemen, wah wah wah wah wah wah." I remarked at one point "Congratulations, Charles De Galle, you sure had an airport with a shitty departure lounge named after you!".

By this point, I was clearly starting to get a little stressed out, as evidenced by increasing pain in my stomach and shortness of breath. I kept it in check most of the day with painkillers and anti-spasmoidics, but the second (longer) flight was significantly less comfortable than the first.

The flight had on-demand movies in the headsets, so I used it to catch up on animated films that people keep telling me I should watch. I enjoyed Coraline some, but Monsters v.s. Aliens much more. The visuals for Coraline were obviously stunning, but it all felt a little predictable, a little safe and tame. There were one or two points where I caught myself with a wicked grin, but less than I'd have liked. Monsters v.s. Aliens was just another of the run of CGI kids movies - all enjoyable, none breaking the mold too much. I mostly liked it because it was full of Monster movie references.

I also watched "Sunshine Cleaning", which started off pretty slow, but resolved nicely later on.

While we were landing, Hazel got some kind of flash migraine, worse than usual, which terrified us both. It subsided after a little while.

Immigration did not exactly go to plan initially - we got to the immigration office, and were told that while I had the provincial authorisation for a work permit, apparently I didn't have the federal version, and they would check some stuff, but basically I couldn't come in without it. Eventually, they worked out that I was to be writing software, which is one of the jobs for which there's a blanket federal authorisation, as part of the skilled workers plan. That resolved, they sent me to pay for my work permit. Another minor panic there - the guy asked me for I.D., and my passport was still back with the immigration officer! I showed him my driving license, and that was fine. Back at the immigration office, the officer guessed that the guy on the cashier's desk just couldn't read my name from his bad handwriting!

My IBS had gotten super-bad by now, due to the terror of possible deportation. But we were home free... or so we thought. Customs had other ideas. We needed to give them a list of all the things that we were shipping behind us. Luckily, we'd already reclaimed our luggage, and I had the movers' inventory in it. So finally we were allowed to leave the airport.

We got a taxi to the hotel (both on my new employers' tab) and checked in to our apartment. It felt really weird when the guy said "Ah yes... for one month" - I've never stayed in a hotel this long. When we found our room, we discovered that my contacts from work had gotten here first... and left all kinds of food an a welcoming note, which really took the edge off of the journey.

Now, there's a Boston Cream from Tim's waiting for me...

Immigration, paying for work permit, back to immigration, customs

Taxi to hotel

Time to relax

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From:rumor_esq
Date:July 14th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
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BIENVENUE!
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
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Thanks! We'll see you this weekend?
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From:rumor_esq
Date:July 14th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
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You bet! We should figure out some things to do. I'll be there Friday and Saturday.
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From:ladyiolanthe
Date:July 14th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
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Welcome to the Great White North! I hope you'll enjoy living here.

How nice of Ubisoft to leave a welcome note and food in the hotel! That's such a nice, special touch. I hope it bodes well for your future work/life balance. (I'm thinking in comparison to your old job in Aber... yikes!)

Also I'm so glad you have likeminded folks, some of whom are known to Hazel already, at least, in your new home city. That ought to make the transition easier for you. :)
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
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I think my work/life balance couldn't get worse than some of the time at Broadsword - at least I get time in lieu now, so there's only so bad it could get.

I'm informed that the folks in Montreal are lovely, and I'm looking forward to meeting my colleagues, too.
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From:elanya
Date:July 14th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
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Yay no deportation and getting in to Canada! :D Yay free food! :D Yay donuts!

Yay!
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
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Yay!
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From:stu_the_elder
Date:July 14th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
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Agggllhhlhlhlggglhlhl Bostom Cream..

Now you are here you can never leave. We're coming for you, Barbara.

- Crump :D
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From:stu_the_elder
Date:July 14th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
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God damn typos..
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
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Oh, you couldn't get rid of me that easily...

Also, I'm living in your smallest cupboard. Right now. Go check.
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From:meallanmouse
Date:July 14th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
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Welcome to Montreal! Let me know if there's anything I can do to help, too! =)
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
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I shall do! I'm still keen to come and see your lectures, if I'm allowed out at the right time.
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From:bernthewitch
Date:July 14th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
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Wow. Amazing. Enjoy your new life! Seems to have gone so quickly, from getting the job to flying out in a few short weeks. That's some super power planning right there!
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
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It has been incredibly quick - I'm still not really dealing with it as a move, but as more of a holiday. I'll get used to it once we start house hunting.
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From:bernthewitch
Date:July 14th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
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ooOOOooo house hunting, my favourite pass time. Good luck with it all. Looking forward to your forthcoming updates.
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
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That's so true. Maybe now my guts can CHILL THE FUCK OUT!
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From:hdimagination
Date:July 14th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
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Glad you made it over there ok!

We will be thinking of you (growling jelously all the while), and I hope that the rest of the moving experience works out well.
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
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Most of it's done, now - at least, there's nothing more to plan until at least Thursday, so I can ignore it!
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From:gats
Date:July 14th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
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Welcome to the city.
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
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Ta very much! I gather I shall be meeting you tomorrow - I'm looking forward to it.
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From:rosabella
Date:July 14th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad it went ok in the end :) Whilst we'd have been glad to keep you both in the UK, deportation would have kinda sucked ass. Hope the new job and house-hunting goes ok - keep posting and keep us updated! :)

*sends sympathy and peppermint tea for your tummy and ice packs 'n' imigran for Hazel's head* Hope the stress-related ills don't last too long.
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Today is actually the first day that I've managed to get some green tea since my stomach started feeling bad, and I think it's doing its job.
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From:missyvortexdv
Date:July 14th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
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Hurray for it working out in the end :D
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :)
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From:xypharan
Date:July 14th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Congradulations on being a young immigrant in the new world. I'm sure its a little more rough and tumble then what you were used to in the Old Country, but we are a hardy folk, full of lust for life.
I hope you enjoy it here.
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From:wererogue
Date:July 14th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
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More rough and tumble... than Wales? :V
Thanks for the greets - hopefully it won't be too long before we can come and visit you!
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From:mousme
Date:July 16th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
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It was great to meet you finally! I hope the next few weeks are smooth sailing. :)
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