Fast forward from the last post on September 10 to today, almost four weeks later. A new spirit has embraced me and I’m back on track for thoroughly enjoying life in this incredible city, named after British captain George Vancouver who explored a good part of the northwestern Pacific Coast of North America (but this just as a side note). Unlike I expected but as my mother accurately predicted (what is it that mothers have a such a good instinct for such things?) it took me around four weeks to really get comfortable with the new environment in all its facets. Strongly connected to that I (re)learned a valuable lesson in relying on intuition, and, foremost, in patience. Strangely, the world is not constituted as all those “feel good” story make us believe, friends and subsequent great memories don’t just fall from the sky like rain drops. Instead it takes time and effort to establish friendships, making great experiences possible. And you know, that’s okay. By adhering to patience and keeping the eyes and ears open, I was able to make peace with myself, enabling me to enjoy just being with myself in the same way as I do like company. I feel lucky that I was able to work on me in that way because it gives me a great deal of personal freedom and independence which I thoroughly enjoy. To a considerable extent life is truly how UBC’s motto “tuum est” suggests — it is up to you. It is up to you what to draw from it, how to make the most from it!
That being said, let’s delve a little into how I spent the last weeks. The weekend, which just passed, I’ve been to Seattle with friends and hence also the first time to the US in my life. It’s been a great time, though without expanding too much on that right now I think Vancouver (and probably Canada as a whole) is a much better place to be — despite higher taxes and price levels. One thing which really struck me in Seattle was the traffic in actual downtown. They have a highway cutting through downtown (like, for real!), and the city seemed also to be utterly car-centered, in a way which I’ve never experienced it before. That aside, our group of four people had a great time with a renting a nice apartment on airbnb, and, i.e., having dinner in a German kind-of-biergarten restaurant where I had Paulaner Oktoberfest beer and a pretty good Sauerbraten.
As recognisable on the picture above fall starts to creep in here in Vancouver as well. Nonetheless, we still had a lot of amazing days of great weather. With my newly acquired longboard I took the opportunity to do some rides along Vancouver and it’s seawall. It’s been amazingly beautiful and super fun! Unfortunately I think I overstrained my ankle a bit which is why I had to skip a couple of field hockey trainings (I’m participating in the varsity team’s trainings for fun, three times a week) as well as more rides since approximately a week. Nevertheless, I still didn’t stop to continue exploring the city — there are just to many cool little stores to have a look at, not to mention the many spots from which to enjoy the terrific landscape surrounding Vancouver. As of right now, I’m sitting in UBC’s law library looking through the vast window front on the Pacific and the mountains north of Vancouver. I don’t think that there are many universities in the world which can you provide with such a view. In a nutshell, I’m really grateful being able to spend a few months here to enjoy UBC’s, its great facilities (on which I could easily expand on in a single, long paragraph) and Vancouver likewise. And I’m already hoping for coming back later at some point to actually live here, given that I find a liveable place to live which I can properly afford — a considerable constraint since Vancouver’s housing market is highly competitive in increasing prices as much as possible.
So long, get back for the next post and until that check Instagram!