Well, it turns out that getting your hands on large sums of your own money from abroad is both very exasperating and relatively simple. Hopefully more on that tomorrow.
We talked about getting travellers cheques but somehow that whole process fell through the cracks. Thank goodness for those little magic cards also known as VISAs. I now have some advice for anyone else who is thinking about relocating to a foreign country besides the USA: buy travellers cheques BEFORE you leave.
Canada’s banking system is reputed to be to be strictly regulated but since I’ve had an account with the same institution since I was 9 I’ve never experienced too much red tape. We attempted to open a bank account today. We need to make an appointment to go back when we have all of my supporting documents; including: passports (or residency cards if we wait for that to all go through), proof of why we want an account (ie: we live here), certificate from a language school since I’m partly here to study Spanish and Jamu’s current employment contract. I’d read about the bureaucracy in Spain but this was my first encounter with it. Hopefully it just proves to be time consuming and not headache inducing.