Since our last post we have officially moved out of the hostel and into our own studio apartment. Initially we had been searching for flats in the downtown area, but after a couple of viewings we decided to cast our net further to see what other areas had to offer. We arranged to see a studio apartment on Tuesday in South Granville, which is ten minute bus ride from downtown. Before we even arrived at the viewing we already had a good feeling about the place, as the advert suggested that it would tick all our boxes. For a start, the apartment was cheaper than the others we had viewed, whilst also appearing from the pictures to be larger. Furthermore, the price included all taxes, utilities, internet and cable.
We were shown round the apartment by Dave who is a cop here in Vancouver and all round nice guy. As soon as we walked into the suite we both knew straight away that it was exactly what we had been looking for. What made it more exciting is that we could move in right away, allowing us to start settling into a more normal routine. The apartment is also considerably cheaper than our hostel with us each saving around £10 a night on accommodation. We were keen to show our interest and enthusiasm for the place as we knew another viewing had been lined up for that afternoon, but it seemed that Dave had a good hunch about us too and was more than happy to have us move in. Although we had booked into the hostel for two weeks, we had been told at check in that a refund would be possible with 24 hours notice, so we wasted no time in hot-footing it back to Samesun to get things organised. We met again with Dave later that afternoon at a bar on Granville to sign the tenancy agreement and also enjoy a nice cold beer on a sunny afternoon in Vancouver. The lease is a minimum term of 3 months, thereafter we go on a month-to-month basis which suits our situation perfectly. We couldn’t really have asked for much better!
In other good news, I got offered a job off the back of the interview I had on Saturday! It’s a serving/bartending job at a bistro called Catch 122 in Gastown, which specialises in French food. They also serve up a great range of wine, microbrewed beer, and coffees. I start on Friday night, and am really looking forward to getting involved.
So to celebrate our double #WIN we decided to go for one last blow out meal. Our new landlord had recommended another brewpub which was not far from the hostel called The Yaletown Brewing Company, so we decided to go and check it out. I went for the BBQ beef rib pizza, which was phenomenal, and Ilona went for the tempura prawn sandwich with asian slaw – also phenomenal. The beer was also pretty good, with the highlight being a 9.5% imperial stout “spiked” with Jameson Whiskey (which for some reason I was served in a pint!)
Rolling back a couple of days, we took a trip to Lynn Canyon which features a suspension bridge similar to the one found at Capilano, but its free to enter the Park! Lynn Canyon is also home to a various hiking trails of varying difficulty, and apparently, bears. Luckily they are still sleeping at the moment so we avoided any awkward encounters. The Park is located in North Vancouver, which meant our first trip on the seabus (known locally as the poor man’s cruise), which offers nice views of Stanley Park, downtown, The Lions Gate Bridge and the North of the city.
This evening was spent settling into our new home, with our first home cooked meal and a couple of beers. It’s hard to believe we have only been here a week as in that time we have had a sightseeing holiday, found a place to live, attended interviews, and I now actually have a job! Whilst television here continues to be source of much confusion (I’ll stick to Coronation Street if you don’t mind), most other aspects of Vancouver life have been pretty easy to adjust to. It won’t be long before we are calling ourselves true Vancouverites!