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!
The COFFEE: The coffee in Vancouver is abnormally good. Like the sushi restaurants here, coffee shops can also be quite trendy or quite traditional.
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.
New Terminology: This isn’t just Vancouver, I think it’s all of Canada, but it’s fun to learn these things.
Coffee with two creams and two Sugars=Double-Double
And I think that’s all!