Some people are scared to move somewhere else.
And it can be a little scary; it was for me at first. But my family and I did it when I was only 8. It wasn’t too scary :^)! Here’s my story:
My 8 Years in Canada
I was born in the small town of Kentville in Nova Scotia, Canada. When I was 6 months old, mom and dad bought a house in Greenwood (just down the Annapolis Valley from Kentville). That cozy little house was where I grew up. Everything I knew was there: my friends, my family, and my pets. My grandparents lived on the same road.
Life was good. Dad was building a big playground in the backyard for me. We had a place in the back of the playground where I could go to be alone. There was a lot of cool stuff back there! I found an old car engine, and even an old, old, old rusty sword. Me and a friend spent so much time trying to pull out that sword; we were never able to, though. It was sooo heavy!
Why Did We Move?
According to dad we were planning a move Ecuador for two reasons:
- so we could create a different lifestyle, work less and have more time as a family,
- enjoy a new culture and language as a family.
When they told me that we were going to move, I was surprised, happy, and a little sad. Remember, everything I knew was there (in Canada). But, I was only 8 so I didn’t feel the same about moving then as I would now that I’m 12.
Anyway, we immediately started searching. When we were deciding on a country, it took a long time. We looked at sooo many different places! We would look at one and then realized it wasn’t what we wanted. Then we would look at another one and see that it was unsafe, and so on and so on. My parents were especially worried because I was ‘coming along for the trip’ to put it that way. But we finally decided on a very good and safe place: Cuenca, Ecuador.
Making the Move to Ecuador
To prepare for the move we sold our house and all our things (everything but a few luggage bags). I sold all my things too and I got the money :). I sold all my toys (except my favorites) and with that money I bought a Maplelea Girl (made by hand in Canada, not many things are) a beautiful doll that was $100+.
While we sold our house, car and things, we had to stay at my grandparents for about a month. I pity them! Every inch of the house was covered in luggage bags and loose pieces of things. But, I guess that’s just part of moving!
Then after we sold our house, car, business and things (all in one day) we bought our plane tickets. That was one long flight! My grandparents drove us to the Halifax airport; we said good-bye a hundred times, and left. We took a plane from Halifax to Miami, to Guayaquil, and then finally to Cuenca.
We have lived in Cuenca for 3 years now, and we love it. The culture here is unbelievable. Now I am almost 12, and I don’t want to move back to Canada. At night, I sometimes say to myself that I’ll stay here till I die. It’s so beautiful! But when we first came, we did get culture shock.
Here are something’s to watch out for if you ever come to Ecuador:
- Men pee on the street here, and they aren’t always discreet.
- We were also surprised to see guinea pigs on roasting sticks. There are also pigs being cooked with them.
- Houses here normally don’t have a backyard like they do in Canada or the States.
These things can be true of other places like Ecuador. Another thought about moving is that in places like Ecuador is that you will most likely get stared at a lot. Especially if you are…
Well, I’m all of the above. At first, it was really annoying to get stared at all the time, every which-where I went. I also got names such as suca (blondie) preciosa (little precious) and other similar ones. But now, I don’t find it so annoying like before. It is still a little annoying, but not as much.
So I guess what I really wanted to say in all that was this:
If you have kids, and are afraid to move because of it: don’t be. Moving here was a great experience that I will never forget, even if I move again some place else. I love it here!
Mom and dad were so right to move here when I was young. The culture here has rubbed off on me. When we went to Miami for a vacation, I got culture shock! I was surprised to see that people there were richer (and looked it) than they are here.
And a message to kids:
Don’t be scared! Just follow your mom and dad and you’ll be fine. You will probably like it! And guess what? You will probably learn the language even faster than your parents.
Well I hope that helped! Thank you for reading! And don’t forget to check out my blog, Culture Sponge and sign up to my free newsletter!