There have been a lot of changes in the past year. I finished articling, got called to the Nova Scotia Bar, moved to Vancouver, BC, got called to the British Columbia Bar and am now practising as an aviation lawyer in Vancouver.
The road to becoming a lawyer is challeging, and like flying, you learn something new everyday, though with new clients, different files and new events, everyday can seem like a check ride in the sim!
Moving from one coast to the other has not been without its challenges. Canada is a BIG country. I wouldn't say we were rushed on the drive as we did get to stop in Ontario for a few days to see relatives, but we didn't have the luxury of turning the drive into a 2 to 4 week sightseeing trip. It was amazing to see the changes in the country. We drove through a heat wave in New Brunswick and Quebec (with a car whose air conditioning wasn't working quite right); drove again through the expanse that is Northern Ontario; saw Manitoba for the first time since moving away from Thompson almost 6 years ago; stopped in Rouleau, Saskatchewan (a.k.a Dog River) to see the set of Corner Gas; drove through some massive thunderstorms in Southern Saskatchewan and Alberta; stopped in Banff National Park and visited Morraine Lake and Lake Louise; drove through the mountains of BC (and that's when the brakes started to squeal) and arrived in Vancouver on a glorious sunny day.
I will miss our view in Halifax. This is the U.S.S. Wasp entering port for the Canadian Naval Centennial Fleet Review
Leaving Nova Scotia and entering New Brunswick
Pumping Gas in Dog River
Morraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta
Vancouver from Stanley Park
I'm loving Vancouver so far. When I lived up north, a number of the other pilots I lived with were from Vancouver, or Vantopia as they called it. It is a gorgeous city.
I'm also quite excited about the new job. It is primarily actin for airlines or their insurers for various types of litigation issues. I've been extremely lucky to be able to combine aviation and law. The work is extremely interesting and having an aviation background is very helpful.