Hmm, how do I start it.. It’s almost been a month we’re here and many things have happened. But let me tell it this way….
– For a couple of days when we’re first arrived here, we were experiencing some difficulties regarding our transportation. You see, public transportation here is not as busy as Toronto. Here, we can either take a cab or bus. A cab, you can go anywhere you want around Sudbury, but it’s quite amount of money that it needs. A bus, it’s cheaper but you have to wait around 30 minutes for it to come and you have to change bus twice (at least) if you’re not going around downtown. And so, for that couple of days, we were walking and using cab sometimes.
Our first day here we walked to a big mall near to our hotel (around 20 minutes walking). In our way back, two beautiful girls in a car crossed near to us and shouted “hai..” while laughing. And not only them actually, but few people did look at us and might think “they must be not from around here”.. I mean, we’re 8 people and walking in a group together.. :D. But it’s fun though. That day we found out how it feel to be a real “tourist”..
walking along the road
– Using a cab was proven to be not the best solution for us to go to our office. We have couple of different offices and for one way, the cost to go to the farthest office is around 80 dollars, which is a lot of money. And so, we were rethinking our back up plan for quite a while back then.
Renting a car is the best solution. But, since none of us has International Driving License (IDL), we kind of pessimist with that idea. And in the end we went to a driving license office in Sudbury to ask about what we can do. At first we asked the officer there of how to make Ontario driving license if we’re from another country. The process is quite complicated I think and we kind of argued at that time. Then, suddenly that officer asked us what’s this driving license for. “To rent a car”, my friend replied. “Then you can use your own country driving license and even drive using it”, she said later. It was quite a surprise for us. Apparently, there is this regulation for driving in Ontario for a visitor :
” If you are a visitor to Ontario and want to drive while you are here, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s licence from your own province, state or country…. (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/visiting.shtml) “
Look’s like for a while we don’t need to think about this transportation problem..
– There are eight of us (Indonesian people) here and our working locations are different, at least I can categorize it into three major locations and that made us have three groups with a composition of three, three, and two. Both of the cars are used by six people, meanwhile the others are using another kind of transportation, scooter or electric bike.
Every morning two of our friend have to leave our hotel between 5.30 to 6 using their scooter because mine office here starts around 6.30, and it takes around 45 minutes for them to reach their destination. For a comparison, we tried once used car there and it took us around 25 to 30 minutes. That’s quite a long ride, isn’t it? But this is life, and this is our job..
– Monday to Friday from morning to afternoon we work in our own department in different site. Around that days, some of us start at 6.30 am and end it around 3 pm, but some also start at 8.00 am and finish around 4.30 pm. Then after work, some of us usually take a rest for a while, some go to the gym, and sometimes we play sports with our French friends.
After worked for eight hours a day and then do some sports and stuffs, a nice and good dinner is what we need. And we are lucky because our hotel provides it for four days, from Monday to Thursday. What a pleasant surprise. And I almost forget, started couple of weeks a go, Tuesday night is a movie night for us because on Tuesday, the price for a movie is quite cheap (around 5,25 $) for non 3D .. 😀
our hotel, Homewood Suites
(there are still many things gonna happen in the future)
Agus Praditya T