I arrived five weeks ago and right now, I can say that this place is my new home. The home I picked myself from tons of places in the world. But what is so special, what distinguishes it from other cities, what are the arguments to choose Vancouver over any other great destination for an experience abroad? Here are my 3 top answers. They are different for everyone as people are different but these are mine.
1. I love Vancouver because it is so different and yet so familiar.
When I decided to leave home again, I was sure it was going to be a place on another continent and 6 hours on the plane from Germany at the absolute minimum – just to get the real feeling of leaving everything far behind and going on a true adventure, you know. 😉 After I had eventually made it all the way across the Atlantic Ocean then, I soon realized that the lifestyle in Vancouver didn’t come as a total culture shock for me. For sure, it’s more easy-going and apparently more “North American” than the European cities I know but Vancouver didn’t give me a very hard time to adapt. So home is where the heart is? Yes, I agree.
2. I love Vancouver because it has taken all sorts of boredom from my life.
As a kid from the countryside who studied in the ‘megacity’ Salzburg and did some internships in Munich, I’m not exactly used to big city life and also not too keen on full time entertainment. So what do actually I want then? And that’s exactly the thing about Vancouver: You can pick your own pace. There is every opportunity to go wild each night or hike every day or kayak or shop or chill on the beaches. Right now, I love my status of a busy person at work whose free time is packed with tons of dinner or movie dates, party invitations and awesome stuff in the outoors on the weekends. INTERNeX plays a major role in that, so thanks! 🙂 Nevertheless, I know if I decide to rest and take it easy for a while – Vancouver is such a chill place, it’s not going to be all that hard to find a quiet spot somewhere.
3. I love Vancouver because it attracts young people from all over the world who are just like me.
“…who are just like me” sounds kind of cheesy, I know. But it’s true! I have always been an outgoing person who wasn’t afraid of meeting new people but the problem before I came to Canada was, that I simply didn’t meet that many people to begin with. Over here, however – oh my God. I had never before talked to a stranger on the Skytrain and decided to meet up for a drink the next time we accidentally bumped into each other on Robson Street, for example. What a random friendship but it’s great and we still hang out! People are just more open-minded and willing to make new friends. At work, on the street, at the bar – I constantly find myself talking to strangers. And some of these strangers become friends if you put some effort in it. What a wonderful life it can be if you have the chance to actually look for the people you spend your time with and it’s even better when you reach the point where you realize they like you in return.
Why do YOU love Vancouver? Please add your reasons to the list!! Or what do you expect Vancouver to be like in case you’ve never been here?
I’ll see you around 🙂