Working in Canada – IEC

Everyone in England is talking about how hot it is at the moment. I feel like we should never complain when it’s above 30c because we get months of overcast/rain shortly after, hahaha. It is difficult to be at a computer when it’s like this (especially when there’s no air conditioning) though! One thing I really liked about Calgary was that even when it was a similar temperature, the breeze from the river kept you at a decent temperature :).

After returning home, I’ve really noticed little differences like this, and I’m desperate to go back. Unfortunately, the work situation is not simple once you’re above 30 years old.

For most countries, you can apply to join the IEC programme and get an open work permit between the ages of 18-35. However, the UK is different and it’s actually 18-30. As I’m 32, I’m slightly outside of this range. There’s possibly a way to circumvent this by using a third party, but apparently it’s a bit of a lottery. For anyone that’s read my US visa trouble, you’ll know I’m simply cursed when it comes to things like this. Short of being sponsored by a Canadian employer (or a cute Canadian woman… who wants to marry me?), my options are somewhat limited. For that reason, most of my time/energy is spent on this at the moment.

As stated in a previous post, I’d like to completely revamp this website. I am thinking of starting a second site, that way I can isolate subjects a bit better but it’s down to cost really.

Lastly, now I’ve had the chance to look through a few hundred photographs, I can see which ones I like and those I dislike.

If you look at the photograph in the middle, it’s not composed particularly well but I think the mood is quite nice. Yet the last photograph has absolutely no mood or anything, and it makes it a bit boring. My plan of improvement is to try and take photographs with more of a mood. I can’t really describe it very well, but I have something in mind.

Upcoming website plans, changes and photographs

As I didn’t do much of the Great Divide Trail at all, and my experience in Canada changed my thoughts on long distance hiking, I will probably completely change my website.

For starters, the website theme isn’t good so that needs to be altered. I feel it’s disingenuous to talk about long distance hikes much if I haven’t done them and don’t plan to do one. However, I have hiked around the 20 mile per day mark, several times (there were times I didn’t see it as possible, especially when I struggled with 8 miles to start with!) I have camped with my equipment, and I have used my camera/equipment while it rained non stop but also while it was incredibly sunny.

For that reason, I believe I have the experience with the clothing I used and electronics, to give some advice to future hikers. I plan to do some shorter long hikes (several days long), but I can’t see me hiking for several months at a time.

I’m going to be pretty busy as I want to work in Canada (I love the country) but I really want to improve the mess that is this website, haha.

I included the tent photograph, not because it’s a good photograph but I just wanted a reminder :). That whole hike was a weird one but one of my favourites funnily enough. It rained a lot, both up and down the mountain. I got bitten by mosquitoes a lot (lol) and I didn’t appreciate the bear on the way down from the mountain. But it’s a great story to be able to tell friends and family in years to come.

Aperture: ƒ/8
Camera: ILCE-7RM2
Taken: 2018/06/17
Focal length: 35mm
ISO: 100
Shutter speed: 1/125s

Back in England

It hardly seems like I’ve been in Canada five weeks. A lot happened while there. I ended up not doing the Great Divide Trail but instead did some day hikes and explored Calgary a lot. I had a great time! It became rather expensive, so I’ve returned home :).

There were happy days, sad days, and days I felt I really accomplished something. My photographs could be better, haha (I’m just not a very good photographer) but it was really worth doing. I will write about it more and upload some photographs soon :).

Although I didn’t do the Great Divide Trail and will probably never do it (unless they can improve the trail), I used all of my gear for other things and none of it has gone to waste. I faced a bear pretty close up and they’re scary to say the least…

Canadians are really nice people. It really hits you in the face how nice they are.

I start my Great Divide Trail 2018 Canada hike in a couple of weeks

I leave in a couple of weeks to hike the Great Divide Trail in Canada. I’m not sure how it will pan out as I’ve never done such a thing like it before. Terrified doesn’t really begin to explain it, haha.

Once I start hiking, I probably won’t be posting on my site much, if at all, for a while. I’ll post on instagram and write a little comment with each photograph or something :). As far as I know, there’s less WiFi/internet spots compared to the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian trail, so I don’t know how often I’ll get to post.

If I don’t reply on instagram within a month, Sasquatch found me (I put up a good fight, I promise).