Hello world! Thought it was about time I update this since I’m now safely in Vancouver! The flight over went smoothly, though we were slightly delayed because of the snow at Heathrow, and I met up okay with the other BUNAC travellers who are all a lovely bunch (*waves at those reading this*).
Vancouver itself is great, though I haven’t had chance to do too much exploring just yet. The first few days were doing all the administrative business of living somewhere new, setting up bank accounts etc and then sending out an endless stream of resumes to various temping agencies.
Over the weekend I decided it would be a good idea to play tourist. A bunch of us went over to Stanley Park and walked along the seawall promenade. Gorgeous views and it was good to get out of the city proper for a bit and feel some fresh air. Not all of us managed to walk the whole way round (*g*) but I did and I’m glad I managed it, though my feet were protesting a fair bit afterwards! Views were stunning and there are lots of interesting things to see along the way, including the Kwakiutl, Tlingit and Haida totem poles. (I’m having some issues uploading the photos here, so I’ll try and make a separate post with the photos later).
Sunday was spent doing a lot of walking too (which is why I’m not planning on doing much today!) I went exploring around Gastown and saw the steam powered clock (and walked into the middle of filming for a Japanese commercial!) and then I headed over to Canada Place, which seems mostly shut up in preparation of the Olympics, before I headed along towards Stanley Park again – seeing some more interesting city artwork as I did so – and then up to the Aquarium.
I really enjoyed it there especially the adorable sea otters (I filmed some of them so I might be able to upload that later too). There were also dolphins and beluga whales, and of course lots of variety’s of weird and wonderful fish and amphibians. There were even some birds and monkeys in the Amazon section (though the monkey’s didn’t come out while I was there!)
And now the weekend is over and the job and house hunting continues…