February 6, 2017

Welcome to another week of reflections of life in Vancouver!  It is Sunday afternoon right now as I sit here and write this and the snow is falling outside – such a surreal experience for this Aussie girl.  It is particularly strange as I am talking to all my Australian friends back home where they are experiencing scorching temperatures.  Lets hope this picture of the snow in Vancouver helps cool all my Aussie friends down!

1. Groundhog day is a real thing – trouble is there seems to be loads of groundhogs and they all say something different!

2. Nothing beats having a garage to park your car in when the temperatures are low and it is snowing (no we don’t have a garage so poor Emilio is feeling it as he removes the ice and snow)

3. I have now moved on from boots to winter coats!  

4. Dance classes are very expensive in Vancouver!

5. It still feels colder in Sydney when it is 15 degrees than it does in Vancouver when it is 5 degrees

6. This weeks Canadian lingo lesson – bathroom/toilet = washroom. Feeling proud that I am finally remembering this when out and need directions to the washroom!

7. Dogs don’t forget their family even if they haven’t seen them for weeks!

8. Dogs love snow and their paws don’t feel the cold (I even looked it up to check)!

8. When it is snowing you need to pick up the dog poo straight away otherwise it is quickly buried and you step in it (this was Indi’s reflection!)

9. Moving house is so much easier when all your possessions fit in 11 bags! 

10. We still can’t get used to seeing a “medicinal” Cannabis shop on every corner?!?

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January 20, 2017

We have been in Vancouver for 3 weeks now so I thought I would share some reflections on life here!  Hoping to make this a regular occurrence on the blog over the coming months!  

Reflections No 1

1. Driving around the entire city of Vancouver is easier and less stressful that driving around Sydney’s north shore.

2. Vancouver has had the coldest winter in 10 years and we arrived right in the middle of it. Three weeks later and the temperatures have gone from -6 for my morning walks to +6 and I am suddenly not thinking it is cold anymore! Looking at the rest of Canada though I am glad we moved to Vancouver as there are some seriously crazy low temperatures around (like where Sarah moved to!)!

3. Thank heavens for heated BMW seat and steering wheels! BMW air conditioning/heating on the other hand is a mystery.

4. Snow is beautiful and pretty and so great for photographing and we were so lucky to experience the snow in Vancouver – getting around after it has settled is however treacherous and the Vancouver footpaths are like ice skating rinks!I

5. Snow tires do not stop your car from slipping back down a hill if there is ice on the road! You know it is not good when your husband who is a confident driver says “Oh shit I have no control over this car” – very pleased the rain how now washed the ice away from our street and we can drive back up it again!

6. I have a new found appreciation for winter accessories as you get to wear them here! I am on the eternal search for a new beanie!

7. Canadians call beanies toques!

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