the essential The Monany family “rocked everything” to join Canada. After 10 years of reflection, Mohan and Rizvana sold their house in Saint-Ybars, in Ariège, and their business. Direction Longueuil, in the suburbs of Montreal, with their two children and four suitcases. They have been living there “happily” since July.
“We invested in clothes that keep warm until – 40 ° C “
“Next week, there will be real snow until April,” continues the man from 60 years old, almost worried. The first thing, expensive, is to invest in clothes that keep warm until 24 ° C, jackets and shoes. The Monany’s then bought four snow tires and shovels to clean their car. “We are not allowed to ride with snow,” explains the father. Otherwise, we risk a heavy fine. If it’s cold and the ice comes off, it can kill. “
If the Monany have long lived “in front of the Pyrenees”, Mohan recalls that they only saw snow “in front, on the Pyrenees”. “We did not have any during years in Saint-Ybars, he indicates, at 5 584 km away. Here, it’s all a preparation. We bought a lot of canned goods because we’re a little afraid of getting stuck. Their new neighbors, however, tried to reassure them: “They told us they were used to it here,” Mohan smiles. We shouldn’t get stuck. “
First three nights on the floor, without blanket or pillow
When they arrived on July 6, the four Monany’s found an empty apartment. “The real estate agent left us something to eat and drink in a small basket,” Mohan recalls. We slept on the floor for three nights, without a blanket, with our jackets as a pillow. »After 24 hours they didn’t have too much trouble getting to sleep. “We had nothing, not even forks, adds the one who listens to French news every day. It was the great adventure. Children will never forget this moment. “
“We had nothing, not even a fork”
To choose the furniture, the parents, vaccinated, had to make do without their children, in fourteen. “The priority was for them to feel good,” says their father. We bought everything we needed at Ikea and in supermarkets. Three days later, we received the beds. »And to smile:« As we are not handymen, we set up one per day. “Their last pieces of furniture arrived at their home on Thursday, four months after ordering them.