What I Like about Vancouver

As promised, this is my follow up post to What I Miss About Chicago. Vancouver is very different from Chicago, and it took leaving to realize why I fell in love with Chicago in the first place. However, Vancouver is incredible, and here’s what I appreciate the most:

First, some photos:

 

The Hiking: The coolest cross-training I’ve ever done in my life is doing the Grouse Grind! It’s about an hour hike up a mountain. But the options don’t stop at the grind. Whether you’re super experienced, or want something leisurely, the options are endless! Hiking is SO much fun, and it’s a great exercise! I had never really hiked before moving here, and now I really love it!

 

Our Suburbs Have Fjords: Unlike in Chicago, if a Vancouverite wants to leave the big city and go somewhere beautiful/quaint/picturesque/adventurous/quiet, there are SO many options within an hour ferry ride or two hour drive.

More Sushi Restaurants than Starbucks: Oh my god! Sushi! I’ve eaten SO much sushi since June, that I’m afraid I may turn into one! But it’s SO good here! You’ve got your trendy sushi and you’ve got your casual sushi!

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Flame-finished roll from Hapa Izakaya

 

The COFFEE: The coffee in Vancouver is abnormally good. Like the sushi restaurants here, coffee shops can also be quite trendy or quite traditional.

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My Americano from Small Victory

 

It’s Really Expensive to Live Here: Like, really expensive. Which is funny, because the rent prices are pretty reasonable, if not cheaper than they are in Chicago. The food prices are through the roof. I consider myself pretty frugal, and I almost never spend less than $20 at the grocery store. If I’m buying bread, sandwich meat, spinach, nutella, and an apple, it will cost like $40. Why is this a good thing? I don’t know! If I leave, everywhere else will seem cheap to me!? 🙂

Mountains & Ocean/Bears & Whales: Enough Said.

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New Terminology: This isn’t just Vancouver, I think it’s all of Canada, but it’s fun to learn these things.

Disposal= Garburator
Wool Hat=Tuque
Bathroom=Washroom
Electricity=Hydro
Paper Napkin=Serviette
Coffee with two creams and two Sugars=Double-Double
Dollar=Loonie
Two Dollars=Toonie
Parking Garage=Parkade
“Z”=Zed

 

And I think that’s all!

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2 thoughts on “What I Like about Vancouver

  1. There’s a great way to improve sushi: cook it. The technique of cooking raw fish to make it taste better was adopted by our ancestors about 15,000 year ago for a very good reason! 😀

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