Well, it’s been a week and I’m alive and well in Vancouver. I’m still in the phase of walking around in wonder that I’m actually living here now. There’s mountains, ocean, huge trees and flowers galore. The weather has been especially kind with NO RAIN since I’ve been here.
So what have I been up to?
I’ve been slowly settling into my new place. I live in a yellow house, built prob in the 60’s. The neighbourhood is quiet and safe. Elm trees line the streets and remind me of the neighbourhood I grew up in Edmonton. Except, they’re much larger. My landlords live above me and I have a floor basically to myself. It’s above ground, but with the way it’s built and the vegetation surrounding the place, I don’t get any sunlight. I have my own bathroom but it’s on the main floor, as with the kitchen that I share. All in all, it’s a nice place. But I won’t be staying. I’ve been offered another place with far cheaper rent and it’s closer to the school and the ocean. So when the term finishes in Dec.. it’s moving time, again!
I had 3 days of orientation this past week. Initially I didn’t think we would need three days, but after going through all of it I understand why. Not only it’s a great time to meet new people, but we learned the history and values of the school, met the staff and professors, got prepped on the the school’s culture, workload, and expectations, and – for those new to Canada – got some cross cultural tips. About 30% of the students here are from the States, and 40% are non-North American. It’s been great to hear all these various accents, and impressive stories of relocation.
My parents graciously drove out here, pulling along a trailer full of my things. They stayed the week, so every night I had dinner with them and family friends whom they stayed with. Needlesstosay, I’m stuffed. My fridge is already well-stocked with leftovers and frozen dumplings courtesy of mom and dad. While I should be getting back to more healthy eating, my god-parents are now in town. Yay for more Chinese food.
So, that basically sums it up. I’m trying to familiarize myself with the transit system and what’s around. Classes don’t start until Tuesday, so on my last day of freedom I will be trying to figure out car insurance and health care. You think that with provincial auto insurance, and socialist health care, premiums would be cheaper… nope! I guess that’s one thing that Edm has one up on Vancouver. That and the people 😛
Not sure how often I’ll be updating this. The semester ahead is daunting. I may have just 3 days of classes per week, but the courses will be demanding. I’m taking Hebrew, Old Testament Foundations, Christian Thought and Culture, and History of Christianity.
Thanks for reading! Please comment and let me know someone is reading… 🙂