08.02.2013 - 24.03.2013 7 °C
We've made it to Canada, and it's great! After the last 13 months on the road, living out of backpacks, catching hundreds of buses over roads we never want to see again, sleeping in a multitude of hostels/guesthouses/couches/tents/boats/hammocks and having fried bread with cheese as the staple food on offer it's a welcome change to be in western civilisation again. Although the many people we've met and adventures we've had along the way will never be matched. I think Paul could keep travelling forever, but for me, I'm enjoying being in the one place for a while.
Whilst choosing which part of Canada to live in, there are obviously loads of options but the most common recommendation we had? Vancouver. Better climate than the freezing east of Quebec and Toronto, we don't need to speak French. Vancouver has an easy going, active lifestyle, incredible scenery, and it is situated right on the ocean with surrounding islands and flanked by a huge array of mountains and national parks to explore.
I'm still smiling thinking of the house we're staying in (booked on airbnb.com) with a clean bathroom, HOT water for showers, central heating and we can drink the water from the taps - luxury! What's more, the WiFi is actually fast enough to use the Skype camera to video call home (for the first time on our trip!). It's also the first time in 13 months that we have been in an English speaking country, imagine just being able to go up to someone and ask a question, without having to pre-think it out in Spanish, and get it wrong anyway! Life has suddenly become much simpler.
The thing that has given us the most amusement is, when we have been waiting to cross the road (pedestrian crossing or not), cars are actually STOPPING to give way to us! Even if there was a pedestrian crossing in South America, it was never a given that the cars would stop – you just had to pick the best time to run across.
Vancouver is a modern city, surrounded by water and looming snow-capped mountains to the north. This side of Canada is just thawing out from the winter, and we're look forward to getting into the Canadian way of life and exploring the great outdoors when the weather is a little warmer. However for now, our focus is on finding work to build up the bank balance again...the job hunt BEGINS!