April 18, 2013

This is not the End but just a new Beginning!

I am posting this today, on the 18th of April 2013, as it marks our eighth year since immigrating to Canada. We have had the greatest of times. Our new life began during the economic boom in Alberta, where we quickly found work, built a new life and career, and made new friends.
We explored the mountains, the prairies and the badlands, loved the vastness of the country and its spectacular scenery. We got back in touch with nature, and learned more about vegetation and wildlife, than we ever learned in school. And best of all, we got our work-life-balance back. Yes, we worked hard but there was still enough time in the day for motorcycling, hiking, boating and enjoying life. Gotta love this country.

Three years ago after a traumatizing work assignment in Winnipeg (dark, cold and dull, but mostly cold) we packed up and moved to the We(s)t Coast. Instead of snow we got rain, and lots of it. But wow, when the sun comes out, it's the best place on Earth! With mountains and the ocean in sight and close reach we became even more outdoorsy. We had arrived, or so we thought.
But isn't life what happens to you while you're busy making other plans? Because now time has come to say good-bye, not to the blogger community but to the country we called home for the past years.

We have the desire to be closer to our families, especially with parents getting too old for intercontinental traveling. We had pondered over moving back to Europe for quite some time now, and are sure that this is the right thing to do at this time.

It all comes down to family and friends, doesn't it? And at home we will be welcomed with open arms. We received overwhelming positive feedback on sharing our plans, and were literally buried with offers to help settling in. We have plenty of places to sleep, and people in our professional network have offered their support in finding new jobs.

Of course having embraced the Canadian lifestyle and having been deeply spoiled by it we are curious and a bit anxious too, if we can still fit in and comply with the German way of life. We shall see. For starters I can bring my Sportster along, I take this as a good sign.

This change might put a stopper to this blog since there won't be much motorcycle content while preparing the move and starting up our new lives in Europe but I hope that you will meanwhile continue to follow us on our new blog (it's in English!) as hubby and I rediscover Europe two-wheeled, two-legged or by other means of transport, and make an effort to reconnect with the European culture and the somewhat peculiar lifestyle of the locals.

I am going to miss the ocean and I am going to miss our friends on this side of the world!
Auf Wiedersehen!
So long and see you again.

29 comments:

  1. Dramatic news but we look forward to bumping into you somewhere up the Rhine!

    All the best for a stress free relocation.

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    1. Thanks Nikos, who knows, Europe is so small, that our paths might cross every once in a while.

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  2. Oh, that sounds sad to me, though it might and surely will be a great new starting over for you. I wish you the best of luck.
    Hugs, Svenja
    PS: Germany? Hey, that's where Greeny, Pieps and I live! Hope to see you on the road over here.

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    1. We are a bit sad but excited at the same time. Maybe we bump into each other. I have relatives in the North.

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  3. Sonja, and Roland, this is sad for us, but wonderful news for your loved ones. I am so happy we got to meet and share a ride.

    You have my e-mail address and thank heaven for blogs that span the globe.

    Be blessed, I know you'll both land on your feet and be happy.

    I hope you'll be able to post about your upcoming 'moving' experiences. Most of us will never have that kind of experience.

    All the very best to you both!

    David

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    1. David, thanks for your kind words, our new blog http://magersineurope.blogspot.ca/ will tell from our adventures from Europe. I hope you will find it interesting.

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  4. This is what I call a real move! I have enjoyed your blog as it has been and hope to find you again soon. Yes, it does come down to family and friends.

    Best wishes for you both.

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    1. Thanks Martha, all the best for you, too. You just put a big move behind you, so you know what this is all about...

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  5. We'll say ta-ta, but never goodbye.

    We will miss the two of you. Our get togethers just won't be the same. We'll have to bring pictures of you along so it'll be like you are here.

    I'll be watching the other blog and adding it to the list.

    Stay safe and take care my friends. Sigh, sniff, sniff.

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    1. Thanks, and we will miss you guys, too. I like to end this with the German word "Auf Wiedersehen", which literally means: Hope to see you again.

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  6. I feel honored to have both of you and have enjoyed following your adventures on the wet coast. I will be following the new blog as well (I hope it'll be in english). Take care and hope to see you again sometime.

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    1. Richard, thank you, and I will keep an eye on yours as well. Our blog will be in English and you are welcome to follow. http://magersineurope.blogspot.ca/

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  7. YAY! now this sounds like a soul satisfying move. :) Bravo! i'll follow along at your new place, and look forward to all the new adventures... hasta luego!

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    1. It will definitely be adventurous, and we are also looking forward to (re-)visiting some historical and culturally interesting places.

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  8. This isn't good-bye!! Think of all the people that can come visit now! ;) hint, hint.

    I am sure that you will be missed, but a change in location for you also means a change in location for us, and we just get to explore new roads and areas along with you. Best of luck to you both!

    But I am curious as to the reference to "got used to the Canadian way of life and can we fit back into German ways." What types of things will be different? Would love to learn more.

    Best of luck, virtual hugs and a few tears.

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    1. I like to think the same, and visitors will be welcome. There are major differences in bureaucracy, people's habits and not to forget work life. We will talk about that when we encounter it.

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  9. Sweet free Accomdation in Germany.....all the best my hun.

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  10. What great timing that Dom was able to meet up with you guys and get you that sidecar ride. Wishing you both a wonderful adventure!

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    1. This was indeed impeccable timing. I was hoping that Dom could make it before we leave. Thanks, Martha.

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  11. Canada's loss, Europe's gain. At least we can now go riding together!

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    1. Gary, that would be something! We will definitely visit London this year, we haven't been there in ages...

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  12. Wow, back to Europe, family like you say is very important, I'm lucky my brother moved here and then my parents followed, 20 minutes from my house. All my family is here, my wife's parents already passed away.
    I started following your blog when you had the yellow bimmer, its been a while, will continue following your adventures in Europe. I also want to ride in Europe, maybe we will meet there one day, good luck with everything :-)

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    1. We have our moms in Germany, and they are rooted in their communities. We wouldn't consider moving them over, it is just easier the other way round. Please let us know when you are heading our way, and thanks for wishing good luck.

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  13. Sonja I wish you and Roland a great journey home! I am sad we didn't get to meet, but you never know and remember you can always come back! Glad you can take the sporty. I look forward to seeing your new/old country and hearing about your adventures! Take care my friend.

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    1. Thanks so much Dar, Canada is home and we will return one day. Have a great riding season. I will miss Vancouver Island...

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  14. I wish you well on this new chapter in your life ... I'll be watching and living Europe through your beautiful photos. Glad we had the chance to meet - Until we meet again ...

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    1. Same here. I hope we'll meet again one fine day.

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  15. I stumbled upon your blog when looking for photo content for my facebook page www.facebook.com/blackcoffeeclub Yes, after we closed the Vespa store in January, we too have made the decision to leave Vancouver and move back to Ontario for some of the same reasons. I would have moved back a few years ago if it wasn't for the store. Paradise when sunny, but the rain depressed me. I'll take cold and sunshine any day now. We're looking forward to the next chapter in our lives, with so many new adventures ahead. First one is driving from Vancouver to Ontario. Good luck with everything and who knows our paths may cross again. It was always a pleasure when you two showed up at the store.

    Bob (Vespa Vancouver)

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