I received quite a few emails from all sorts of people about the Calgary idea. The overwhelming majority said 'The cold weather will kill you, Cath" and one person made me laugh aloud when they wrote "The bears are used to frozen natives. A warm and toasty Aussie like you will be appreciated" or words to that affect.
Also my friend in Alberta is considering moving to Ottawa which means I'd have no friends in Alberta.
Realistically, I'd need alot of money. I hadn't considered the exorbitant fee increase for international students and I didn't realise how expensive it would be. I think I would rather visit Ed and George on a holiday, not a work permit and there is no way in hell I would survive those winters for three months.
So back to the drawing board I went. I looked at partner sites a bit closer to home and realised that there is one in Melbourne.
I love Melbourne.
My visits to Melbourne in the past have always been fleeting and I have not really got to know the cultural town that Melbourne is. I'm keen to discover the restaurants, the libraries, the art galleries the parks, etc.
I'd drive across so I'd have my car. There is loads of share accommodation available (with other professional females) that I could manage.
In regards to Carissa, I ran the idea past her. She agrees it's more achievable than USA or Canada and certainly value-wise, more affordable for me. At the end of year 12, she's happy to either live with Daddio, come with or move into a share house and study. Either way, she'll be doing her first year of Uni.
I'm a bit excited. It's achievable and I could cope.
Now I've just got to finish my assessments or I'll be stuck here forever.