This day was dedicated to travelling.
We set off at 7am and finally arrived at our Airbnb at 4am (GMT) which is 9pm local time.
We activated our work permits in Toronto – The border portal guy made fun of my coat, saying “you do realise some people’s cars won’t start”. I don’t think he believed me when I said I want to buy a new coat. TBH in Toronto it was colder than the moon (-23) and in Vancouver, my coat has been sufficient in keeping me warm.
The toilets flush weird.
Called family & friends in the morning.
We saw a black squirrel.
We can see the mountains from our Airbnb, in fact you can always see the mountains most of the time, apart from when it is foggy – then they straight up disappear.
We got our SIN numbers
Opened our bank accounts – even have a joint account together (serious stuff here)
Tried MacDonalds and was pleasantly surprised. Had a crispy chicken maple syrup burger with garlic parmesan cheese fries.
Learnt that at first walking across the roads can seem quite daunting compared to the UK – but trust in the green man and you’ll be fine.
Did lots of wandering around by foot (deeply regret not using the Skytrain more)
Crows are everywhere – I keep thinking death is near – lol!
Visited Safeways and got supplies. Got confused by what milk to buy, so got the pink one naturally (they don’t do the blue, green, red labels here).
Danny saw a skunk outside whilst I was snoozing.
Wondered into Downtown Vancouver.
Found the Disney Store!
Got our new cell phone numbers.
Took Danny’s Tim Horton’s virginity.
Visited the Gas Steam Clock Tower – for some reason I thought it was gonna be huge but it was quite small.
Found out the American Office is on Netflix here!
We got some Canadian bacon and it was rather tasty.
We experienced Eggos and they were GOOD!
Went exploring and found Sushiville and had the best food EVER! And it cost £15 including the 20% tip I added – so I will be going there often.
Went back to Safeways got more supplies. Obsessed with the crab salad and Nestea.
Spent long and hard apartment hunting – trying to figure out which neighbourhoods we need to visit and decide what type of place we want to live in.
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My friend Christina and her fiance Paul gave us a vast tour of the local area. We explored so many areas (see map below) which majorly helped us get familiar with the different neighbourhoods.
Danny tried Poutine and loved it (who wouldn’t?)
Today we were a bit more chilled and didn’t do too much. We ventured into London Drugs and attempted to buy a hairdryer and beard trimmer (for Danny, not me….) but I wanted to research into a hairdryer before purchasing the first thing I saw.
We explored the East-Hastings area and went into the liquor store where I found you can buy wine in 1.5 litres!
I completed my tax return (with the help of Linds – thank youuuuuu so much girl + also nice to catch up <3)
Despite the copious amounts of rain decided to venture out of the flat. We viewed two apartments in the small block (which both didn’t look like their photos and tbh seemed a bit grim).
We went to the Festival of Lights at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens which were so pretty! I could imagine this place being jam-packed around the Christmas period.
On the way back home we saw a raccoon off Commerical Drive!