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Tuesday 21st June 2005

Life in Kelowna

Life in Kelowna has been great times so far. Itís been about 6 weeks since I left Big White and after 3 weeks at the hostel and  a couple of weeks of couch surfing Iím now finally settled in ..... New town, new house, new friends and new job Ö bring it on!  Iím loving it here! Kelowna is one of the hottest places in Canada in summer and weíve been making the most of the great weather Ö been spending heaps of time outdoors Ė swimming, cycling and even had a day out in a boat with some wakeboarding action. Thereís plenty of time after work to do stuff as it doesnít get dark till 10pm.

Iím living with another Aussie and two Calgarians, Conor, Kelly and Nick Ö great bunch of people! Our house is wicked, newly renovated with a huge deck out the back. Great for socialising and BBQing! Always people dropping by which ensures there is never a dull moment. The house came unfurnished but weíve managed to deck it out really cheap with odds and ends from garage sales and charity shops. Great location too, only a 5 min ride to my work and also the lake and downtown. I even ride home from work for lunch.

I scored a sweet engineering job with Falcon Engineering (http://www.falcon.ca). Itís the same sort of work I was doing in Newcastle with Connell Wagner and the pay is much better than back at home. Itís great to earn some decent cash after being on minimum wage. Itís been a steep learning curve as there is a massive language barrier, all the engineering terminology is different and there is a new set of standards and codes to learn. Even though Canada is metric they use feet and inches here as most of the suppliers are American, damn yanks! How backward are they! The office is heaps laid back, flexible hours and the dress code is casual so I can wear shorts to work. Itís been a bit of a struggle settling back into a 8-5 job, but Iím pretty much used to it now.

Itís been awesome times since Iíve been here (donít want to leave). One of the highlights was Mudfest, a party at a mateís house where he put on 5 kegs, DJs and dug a massive mud pit in his back yard.
You can check the photos out here:
http://www.danscapers.com/gallery/Kelowna




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