Sunday, 24 February 2013

raison d'être

Vancouver has been a dream of ours for years, it is almost as old as our relationship. Up until I got pregnant it was kept in the back burner taunting us just because life was good in London as a couple. But we always said that we didn't want to raise a child in London, so the child was also kept on the back burner by the Canadian dream.
Our little pudding is now 1 and we are ready for our new life. Thank you Vicente for pushing us :)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

a week to go!

We're so close that I can almost "smell" it... Can I? Can I really?
A friend of mine once told me that Vancouver's air has a sweet smell to it, after donkey's years in London that sounds quite appetizing! I just hope that my lungs still work and don't seize up with all the goodness.
It all feels very strange, we're neither here nor there, our life is all boxed up somewhere in North London to the point that we had to explain to a two year old boy that he had to share his toys with our son because he had none.
Our little boy is going to be one on Sunday and when I think about that my eyes tear up. All I wish for him is a stable and happy childhood which I had none of the first and just a little of the latter, I really hope that he'll feel like he belongs somewhere and that the lack of family won't affect him too much.
There's that saying about how it takes a village to raise a child, we'll just have to build one for him :)

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

starting anew

I though that it would be interesting to start with something simple to introduce myself, therefore I decided to write 10 random facts about me and in them incorporate the reason why I decided to start this blog. So, hang on to your hats and here we go...

1. I'm the eldest of five, but I'm the only one in common between my parents. So, no one of my siblings actually looks like me!

2. For the life of me I cannot ride a bicycle, I kid you not. I was even given a beautiful blue bike when I was about 7 and spent a whole summer trying to learn it, it was only years later that I found out that I have a problem in my spine that prevents me from riding a bike.

3. The first proper book that I read was "Little Prince" by Saint Exupéry, the second was a huge book about the supernatural. I was 6 and unable to sleep for a whole week.

4. The same reason why I cannot ride a bike makes me ambidextrous, only God knows why! One of my party tricks is that I'm able to write with both my hand at the same time, both forwards, backwards and two words at the same time.

5. I decided to become an atheist when I was 6. That Summer my grandmother tried to put the fear of God into me and it nearly worked, I would have been a good Catholic girl if it hadn't been for a school trip to one of the many Cathedrals in my country where a life size statue of Jesus in a coffin complete with blood and hair hadn't scared the (pardon the pun) bejesus out of me which made me conclude that if that was meant to be adored, I didn't want to be a part of it.

6. My brother and I were so close when he was little that he used to call me mum once in awhile. That didn't prevent us from getting into all kinds of mischief, including stealing our neighbour's fruit and fishes, playing baseball with rotten watermelons and trying to pick almonds with stones. For some reason, his girlfriends are never to sure what to think of me when we finally meet.

7. All my life, ever since I was a little girl I have always been fascinated with moving pictures to such an extent that I never wanted to do anything else than working in films. It took me a long time, but for the past 5 years I've had the priviledge of working in VFX.

8. Saying that, in 1997 I saw a demonstration at an animation festival done by my now employers about the wonders of CGI and I wasn't overly impressed by it. Life is ironic!

9. I have a little boy who's about 1 year old called Vicente, he is the sweetest, most single minded, active baby that I have ever seen and I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world.

10. Phew! Finally! The reason why I decided to start this blog is that my little family of 3 is moving accross that big scary pond and all the way accross Canada to Vancouver and I needed a place to vent my happiness, concerns, craziness, fears and where I can share any useful information that I can find along the way. I don't know if anyone is ever going to read this, but if you are out there welcome!