Questions we are asked
Lekker Landing has had the privilege of serving many Saffas coming to the Greater Toronto area over the past year and a half.
Our accommodation and relocation services were used by at least 25 families during this period and we would like to share some of the most often asked questions, with you in this blog.
The moment you land with the family in tow, after a gruelling (at least) 24 hour trip halfway around the world, not know what you have let yourself in, can be daunting. We hear the most innocent questions from the kids to the very serious life-changing realizations from the parents. We share some of what we are asked the most often in this blog.
Hello All South Africans still in the waiting or planning stages to get to Canada!
Let me start by saying that each time we drive to the airport to meet our new guests, we are just as excited to meet them as they are, who cannot wait to see what Canada looks like. Let me add that a good percentage of newcomers have travelled overseas before, some even to Canada before the big move, but others have never left the shores of South Africa before. So one does not know in advance what questions will be asked and therefore have to be ready to answer truthfully and sometimes, have to be ready for the unexpected ones. Here are a couple of examples for you.
Jislaaik Pa! Awe and wonder
Right upon leaving the airport on the way to our Airbnb, the most common remarks are:
“Jislaaik, look at that huge bakkie!! What does it cost? Ja Pa, I want one of those! This is the only way I will EVER drive in the snow!”
Getting a driver’s licence – what do we need to do?
Next one following almost immediately: “It must be hard to pass your driver’s license here, especially driving on the wrong side of the road and that in the SNOW! “Will it help if I leave a Johnny Red Label, on the back seat, seriously!”
Is it difficult to drive in the snow?
Will we adapt, will the kids be ok?
Property in Canada – where do we settle?
Speaking of property, what do houses cost in Canada?
Do we need a car?
We need warm clothing, where do we even start?!
Our fur kids – can we find a property to accommodate for them?
“Gerhard we haven’t mentioned this before, but our four dogs and two cats arrive next week. Are the properties fenced up in the back? Will they be able to run around in the backyard?” The standard reply is yes indeed, most backyards are fenced in, but let us tell you that most landlords are not keen on having you keep pets. That’s why we recommend that prospective newcomers allow enough time for them to settle in and then find the right property before they ship their four-legged kids to Canada. People here love their pets, so do not worry, you will find a suitable place to live in a couple of weeks.
Finally, relax and settle in
Upon arrival at Lekker Landing’s home where the newcomers will be staying, we give them their house keys and let them in to do a walkthrough. The last of the firsts of the new experiences, an hour after arriving, now awaits them. Making sure that all family members hear this, I continue to explain that this is the mudroom where all take their shoes off, and leave them before entering any home, in Canada. It is a custom here and after all, no one wants snow and salt covered shoes, melting all over the living room floor! Then the last tip follows before they sigh a sigh of relief, take a warm shower and sink into the couch, after quite an ordeal immigrating to Canada, finally! Stay awake as long as possible and try and make it to 10pm, before going to bed. This helps you to recover from jetlag, quicker. Oh, there’s in milk in the refrigerator.
Now the final tip before we let you settle in and meet you tomorrow morning to get your SIN and health cards: Do NOT eat yellow snow!
No Photoshop here! On a cold day in Canada, this is a common view.
Golden Horseshoe taken from Hamilton.
Forty Mile Creek in the snow – the view over Lake Ontario