An Aussie in the Great White North
By Correspondent Luke Munachen in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
– In September it will be 2 years since I moved from my hometown of Perth, Western Australia to the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta. I moved here for no particular reason and to a city I only knew a total of 5 people. I just felt like living abroad for a while and Canada seemed like a good place to be. Not a big culture shock, but different enough to be exciting.
In these 2 years I have been home twice though, the last time to best-man my brothers wedding. Also did a month in Europe (which included Oktoberfest) and road tripped down the west coast of the US to Coachella. Come September, I am heading back to Perth and renewing my visa for another 2 years before coming back to Edmonton. I might move back home anytime within those 2 years, Im not sure though, haven’t thought that far ahead. I suppose i could have anytime in these last two years too, but I do like it here. Everyone is friendly and the alcohol is cheap, what more could you ask for?!
There are a lot of Australians I have met here and they all have different reasons as to why they are in Canada. The mountains during winter are packed with us Aussie’s here to snowboard. The ones I have met in Edmonton and nearby Calgary are generally here because of work. There are also a few guys here after meeting girls. I’m not saying that’s everyone. Because that’s definitely not how it is.
Me? My job is a joke. While I’m working towards a career in writing, I got the first job I applied for with a construction company as a shipper/receiver to make money. Admittedly it’s not all that bad. It’s just not something I want to do for a prolonged period of time. I also haven’t been snowboarding ever. While I was outrageously poor for the first year here, which kept me from visiting the mountains, this last winter I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Don’t worry about it guys, mostly I’m fine. Had surgery early this year and everything since then has been good news. Mentally though, being 24 and having cancer in my groin in a country in which my accent does the seducing for me, and furthermore being on the other side of the world from my family, makes my exciting life pretty dam tough.
There’s no way I would swap it for anyone else’s though. I’m looking forward to my holiday home too much.
I am a 24 year old Aussie and all round good guy. We could definitely be friends. I freelance write and get lost looking up random things online for hours at a time.