One Week in Vancouver

So it's official! I am living in Vancouver now (although I don't have an address but I'm working on it). I've been here for 1 week now and so far- I love it! I've had a bit of time off from freelance during the past 2 weeks with summer vacation and my move so I got to really enjoy my first week here.

One of the first things I did was head over to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see the Douglas Coupland Exhibit as I arrived during it's last weekend! Made it just in time and it really was worth it. 

This exhibit by Canadian Artist and Author Douglas Coupland was all about taking everyday objects and seeing the artistic, graphic, historic and meaningful qualities they possess. An entire section was dedicated to Canadian objects and what makes them Canadian.

This exhibit by Canadian Artist and Author Douglas Coupland was all about taking everyday objects and seeing the artistic, graphic, historic and meaningful qualities they possess. An entire section was dedicated to Canadian objects and what makes them Canadian.

An entire room was full from floor to ceiling with poster boards of typographic phrases like these. Using new or re-appropriated words that have been created since we entered the 21st century like 'cloud' 'selfie' 'like and share' these phrases really make you think about our internet focused world and how easily these terms become a part of our everyday conversations.

An entire room was full from floor to ceiling with poster boards of typographic phrases like these. Using new or re-appropriated words that have been created since we entered the 21st century like 'cloud' 'selfie' 'like and share' these phrases really make you think about our internet focused world and how easily these terms become a part of our everyday conversations.

With a few rainy days to acclimatize me, I explored different areas of the city to see where I'd like to live as I'm looking for apartments. Labour Day Monday was nice enough that I went for a hike up Grouse Mountain, only a short bus ride from the city and little did I know it was a long (and steep!) hike to the top.

This is not the type of hike where you follow a path, this is climbing over rocks and roots and holding onto trees so you don't slide down the 90 degree angled hill.

This is not the type of hike where you follow a path, this is climbing over rocks and roots and holding onto trees so you don't slide down the 90 degree angled hill.

Then finally the trees begin to thin and after 1.5 hours of climbing (and accidentally taking the wrong trail for 20 min) you make it to the top!

Then finally the trees begin to thin and after 1.5 hours of climbing (and accidentally taking the wrong trail for 20 min) you make it to the top!

The few from the top of Grouse Mountain, 1250m hiked!

The few from the top of Grouse Mountain, 1250m hiked!

After rain the sunsets can be the most amazing. I loved the soft pink light of this night.

After rain the sunsets can be the most amazing. I loved the soft pink light of this night.

Apartment hunting all over the city meant taking my first water taxi, or ferry, over to Granville Island. Cuts transportation time in half! And it's pretty fun too.

The view of downtown Vancouver from a street in Kitsilano. Wish I had this view out my window everyday.

The view of downtown Vancouver from a street in Kitsilano. Wish I had this view out my window everyday.

And finally, the beach. How could I spend my first week living on the coast and not go to the beach whenever possible? After walking and apartment hunting for hours, it's pretty nice to take a book to the beach and just relax. This nice sunny weather we're getting is helping too :)

It's all novel for me now since I just moved here and I'm sure I'll get used to the ocean and the beautiful mountains that are the backdrop for this city. But in the meantime, I might inundate you with instagram pictures of these sights for a long time. I apologize. Miss you all! Come visit me sometime soon, k? 

Katelyn