Immigration JournalThe story of two people who emigrated from the UK to Ontario, Canada July 2006.
A very productive dayToday we have had a very busy day. It was pouring with rain this morning when we got up, so instead of walking to the lawyers as we had planed, we got a taxi from the hotel.
We arrived at the lawyers at 9.40am for our 10am appointment. The lawyers secretary is an expat who emigrated here three years ago. We had a good chat about moving to a new country and got the low-down on where to shop etc.
When the lawyer arrived we went into another room and he went through all the paperwork we needed to sign in order to take possession of our house. We must have signed 30 sheets of paper. We will be able to pick up our keys on Friday.
We left the lawyers about 10.45 and as the rain had stopped we decided to walk back up to the hotel and on the way collect our new vehicle. We got to the garage at around 11.45 and had to wait for the sales guy to finish with another customer. Another sales guy gave us the keys to the truck so we could have a look round. After ten minutes or so, our sales guy was available and he went through all the paperwork, gave is details of the recovery service and then took us to the car to show us how everything worked.
By this time it was raining again, so he told us to come back when it was dry to go through the exterior stuff and the boring things like the engine etc. The truck is very nice and shiny and the interior is nice and the seats very comfortable. I think it will do us just fine. We left the Ford garage at 1.20 for our 1.30 appointment with our insurance broker.
We met the insurance broker and he went through all the details of our car and house insurance. We paid him the required sums of money and left about half hour later.
Next it was off to get our Ontario driving licences. When we arrived it was quite busy and we had to wait in a queue for about 20 mins. When we were seen, the woman took our UK licences, filled in some paperwork, got us to complete a questionnaire regarding our driving history and sign some documents. We had to complete a sight test by looking down a tube thing (a bit like a pair of binoculars) and saying what numbers we could see and then which eye we could see lights flashing. We then had our pics taken and were given a temporary paper licence. This is valid for a maximum of three months, by which time we should have our proper Ontario licences. Each licence cost $75.
After doing this we went to see our house. Because it is not ours till Friday, we could only drive by and be reminded of what it looks like. All the trees and shrubs etc look much greener than when we saw it in April. Can’t wait to get possession.
By this time we were hungry, so we went to Kelsey’s for dinner. Whilst we were there the rain started again with a vengeance. We had thunder, lightening and short power interruptions. After this we went back to the hotel to settle for the night. Trouble is there is no internet connection. Apparently the storm has knocked it out, so I will be posting this when we get back online.
A very productive day!
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