We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 7 cats!
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Time For A Regina Update Again!

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Wow I can’t believe it’s been a week since I updated our log! Guess time flies when you’re having fun 🙂

Thursday, June 7th – part 2

Marlo and Stace picked us up at 6 and we went to Moxie’s classic grill for supper. I had ribs and chicken and it was of course way too much (doggy baaag!) but very good. Afterwards we went to their house for a bit and then we walked back to Tim’s. It was so good to catch up with them again!

Friday, June 8th

We went to have breakfast at Stan’s Diner with Tim and I had pancakes for a change. Apple-cinnamon.. and they were huge and very thick! Again I couldn’t finish my meal and asked for a doggy bag 😛

That night we went to McNallys to see Sonic Orchid play. We also saw the band the last time we were in town and singer Christina is Stu’s girlfriend. We were pleasantly surprised to see Carol (Dave and Danny’s mom) there too, it was so great to see her again. The show was fun, Nico took some pics and Tim got on stage for one song (to sing Crazy Train from Ozzy Osbourne) 🙂

Saturday, June 9th

I didn’t feel so great, tired and I was afraid of getting a migraine. I took a pill and went to bed for the afternoon, I actually slept for hours! Nico went for a bike ride to Wascana Park and took some pics there.

Around 5 we went to the Stephensons for a BBQ. As always that’s good times – so great to see them all again and their hospitality is just unsurpassed. We had some good burgers (loved the buffalo ones!), chats and the weather stayed good too (later that night we did get some rain and thunder). And just when I thought I’d burst from all the food, Carol came out with a birthday cake for Lisa, who will turn 33 on Monday 🙂

Sunday, June 10th

I was still tired so we didn’t do much during the day, only went to Costco, where you can buy stuff wholesale on a customer card, and at 5 we went to Christina‘s for (yet another 🙂 ) BBQ. We had a good time there as well and when we got back, we went for an ice cream at the Milky Way. There was a huge line and I think we had to wait half an hour before we got our ice cream! But it was delicious, so worth the wait. We also bumped into Marlo and Stace there… that’s Regina for ya!

Monday, June 11th

Today we went out on our own with the bicycles again. We went to ride around in the neighbourhoods south and southwest of Tim’s and got a few things at a grocery store. There was a Western Pizza with an outside patio as well, so that seemed like a good place to get some lunch.

At 3 we met with the realtor (Bill Soloduk) that Jack had recommended. He explained a few things to us and hooked us up with a befriended mortgage broker (Don Schick) that would be able to tell us more about our possibilities about buying and getting a mortgage once we move. We made an appointment with him for Wednesday.

After supper we wanted to go out with the bicycles again (it’s just so great and the weather is perfect for it). I wanted to see if Steph would be home and went on MSN to see if she was there. Instead I talked to Jessica and we spontaneously went to Eastview to visit her for a little bit! 🙂

Tuesday, June 12th

Time for a bigger bicycle ride. First we went to Stan’s for breakfast and funny enough we saw Tim pass by in his cab just when we got outside again! Somehow Regina seems so small 🙂

We wanted to go to the University bookstore and the one on Wascana Campus to see if Nico could find a few books there from his list. Whether he’d pass or fail his test – it’s always good to have more literature on nursing in Canada. It was an awesome trip to get there, we spent a lot of time at the U of R bookstore (bought a few books, souvenirs and gifts) at the University grounds, but the bookstore at the Wascana Campus (just outside of the ringroad) was closed. When we wanted to leave we suddenly saw a whole bunch of small animals in the grass and near the roads: gophers (Richardson’s ground squirrels)! It must sound crazy, but it was the first time we ever saw them!! It was cute to watch them (they were smaller than I thought though) for a while.

Then we rode back along the Wascana park as far as Broad St. (some wonderful views over Wascana Waterfowl Park!!) and then back to Tim’s through the neighbourhood.

Since we were already in the shopping mode, we had Tim drop us off downtown to visit the Cornwall Centre. We visited Lisa at the Carlton shop and ran into Janelle (last year we met her at Derek’s in Calgary where she was living at that moment) at HMV! It’s crazy how many people we seem to know here. It’s a city of close to 200,000 people and we keep bumping into people we know! Again, as Tim would say, that’s Regina for ya 🙂

By then we were filthy and sweaty and had the best showers ever! Around 8 we went for wings to meet some more saskmetal folks and that was again sweet! We finally met Sped (Chris) after all these years and a few more I didn’t know yet (and a bunch I did know of course).

Wednesday, June 13th

We were up fairly early and went to the University Park strip mall for that appointment at the Re/Max office with mortgage broker Don Schick. That was a good talk and he printed out some information for us. A few months ago, they have changed the rules for new immigrants to make it easier – that was great to hear! We can get a mortgage without a landed status (since we’ll only be there on a work permit in the beginning) after living there for 3 months. It also depends on credit history of course, but he said that a credit report from our bank in Holland will count! He also explained some stuff for us and calculated a few things as an example of our options. We can probably look into higher priced houses than we have so far, but the prices have already gone up a lot lately and they are expected to keep rising – hopefully we can still afford it by then!!

Then we went to the CIBC bank office in the same strip mall to open a savings acount. No problem and we now have one! Plus a debit card that we could use in stores if we’d have money in the account, but we didn’t put anything in just yet.

We biked on to Tim Horton’s (lunch) the Victoria Mall and to Wal-Mart (shopping), to return back at Tim’s around 5.5 hours after we left 🙂 It’s so great to be able to get out on our own and esp. with the bicycles!

Tonight Lisa is coming to pick me up to go to the cemetery, I haven’t been to Dave and Dan’s graves yet. I don’t dread it, but we’ll see how it goes. Nico will walk to their house later on and meet us there for a bit (need to exchange some pics) and around 9 it’s time to meet up with some people at the Distrikt again for the ‘metal Wednesday’.

1 comment to Time For A Regina Update Again!

  • Irmgard

    Hallo Ihr beiden, ich könnte ja schon neidisch werden, Canada ist einfach wunderschön.Ich habe mir alles angesehen, soweit mein englisch geht habe ich auch schon viel nicht alles verstanden.
    Ich drücke euch die Daumen, dass es klappt.

    liebe gruesse irmgard