Last week it was officially 4 months since we left the UK. I can’t believe it’s been that long already. We’re at a bit of a funny stage at this point if I’m honest. We are both starting to get incredibly homesick right now, but do love living here. The weekends here are just great, the weather just now is amazing, sunny blue skies every day, and there are so many beautiful places we’ve seen already. But it is hard sometimes. It is so hard living in a different country. We’re noticing more and more some of the cultural differences, work is hard, and it’s been so long since we’ve seen some familiarity that it does get a bit much sometimes!
However, we’re finding that when we get out of the city at the weekend and do things like camping or hiking, it makes us feel so much happier about being here. Although we haven’t been doing much the past couple of weekends, due to just being tired and wanting the weekends to feel longer!
Last weekend we decided to go up Grouse Mountain and finally use our local’s passes that we bought back in March when we arrived! The snow has all gone up there now, so there are loads of different activities to do. There’s a bear sanctuary, a birds of prey show, a lumberjack show and other stuff which I can’t remember. We had a wander around when we got there and then went straight up to the Eye of The Wind, which is a wind turbine that you can go up inside and look over the whole of Vancouver. We had to get the chair lift up there which was actually pretty scary at points, probably made worse by the two guys who were on the chair with us that kept going “woooahhhhh!!!” every time it rocked! It’s $15 each for a drop-in visit to the Eye of The Wind, $10 if you have a local’s pass. We had to wait quite a while to get inside, as the queue was really long and full of noisy tourists, which was great! Once we got inside it was a pretty cool view, you can see all the way to the States, and Mount Baker looked pretty impressive. However, it was so busy that we couldn’t even get to the window unless we were queuing to get back down. So we stayed for about 10 minutes and then left.
We walked past the bear sanctuary and saw a tiny glimpse of one of the bears! Well, for all we know it could have been a man in a bear costume, but it was still pretty cool. Still haven’t seen one properly though! We then went for some lunch and were absolutely horrified by some Spanish woman who was making a fuss about how she wanted her spaghetti bolognese. “More sauce, more sauce!!” she kept shouting at the poor boy behind the counter. Then when it was handed to her she started shouting that it was too much and “how am I gonna eat this?!” By this point we were getting a bit annoyed by how busy it was so we decided to come home.
We went out for dinner that night in Gastown to The Old Spaghetti Factory which is bloody massive inside! It has a tram cart inside from the early 1900’s which you can sit inside and all sorts of cool things on the walls. The food was so-so, but when I saw that the cocktails were $4.95 my eyes popped out of my head! We had a main course each, plus about 3 drinks each and the bill came to about $56 (about £35). We’ll definitely be going back!
On Friday, my friend Aaron was in Vancouver for the night, so we met up with him and had a very fun but very messy night! He brought over some British chocolate too, amazing! We had such a laugh and it was really nice to see a familiar face around here.
In other news, and in our endless quest to make out flat a bit nicer, we made a trip to Ikea the other day to get some stuff for the balcony. It’s not much, but it’s a lot better than it was!
This week we are finally going to check out the free outdoor cinema in Stanley Park. It’s on here every Tuesday for the whole summer, and has pretty cool films on. Nick has football on Tuesday’s but is going to miss it this time so we can go to see The Breakfast Club. Apart from that we are seeing the Gipsy Kings on Friday, and then at the weekend after that we are going camping again, which we are really looking forward to as we’ll be getting out of the city again! We’re also thinking of making a trip just past the border to do some cheap shopping, and then our visitors start arriving in August! Before we know it it will be winter and then the dreaded rain will return….!!!!