General impressions

Trip Start Aug 21, 2012
Trip End Dec 28, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Saturday, September 15, 2012

Since it has been three weeks since I arrived in Vancouver, I regard this as a good moment to share with you some of my first impressions for what concerns the country, the city, the people, school and so on.

First of all, I believe Canada to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world as well as one of the most diverse that I have ever visited. In many different ways. 


First thing one notices when arriving in Vancouver is the mass of Asian people. Either in the streets or at school, Asians seem to be in the majority. Around 9 out of the 20 students in my class are from Asian origine, complemented by two South-Americans and someone from what seems to be the Middle East.

Although Vancouver might be somewhat of an extreme case for what concerns the Asian population, Canada in general is told to be a very multicultural country, home to people from all over the world. 

However, what's even more remarkable is the way people with different backgrounds, interact with each other. Racism seems to be out of the question in Canada, something which is all but the case in Belgium ... 


Thinking about all the immigrants, can I blame them for moving to Canada? Not at all

For what I have seen of Canada so far, I believe that this country's beauty lies in the beauty of nature. Vancouver is the ideal example of my statement.  

What first seems to be another ordinary North American city when exiting the skytrain (Vancouver's equivalent of our metro system) in Downtown Vancouver, changes completely once you get to see more of the city. 

Vancouver's skyline which is not dominated by it's skyscrapers but by a bunch of mountain tops, covered with snow during the winters, is a treat for the eyes. But the city has much more to offer: beaches stretching out along the coast, giant forests in which you can get lost easily, charming streets, a beautiful harbour, ...   

In short, it's not a coincidence that Vancouver has been voted "best city to live in" for several years!

 Other remarkable things ... 

  • ... Canadians are extremely friendly; even cashiers in the supermarket ask me about my day
  • ... the word supermarket can be taken literally when wandering around in the Real Candian superstore where the shampoo department is 40 meters long and where about 100 sorts of pizza await you in the freezing compartment
  • ... busses and skytrains come in time, unlike the public transport system in Belgium
  • ... at school your relation with teachers is much more personal, it's common to walk out of class whenever you feel like going to the washrooms or making a phone call and raising your hand to answer a question is not done 
  • ... I have been told that once the "rainy season" starts it doesn't stop raining for 10 months but during summer it actually feels like summer (read: sunshine, 20 to 25 degrees, ...) unlike our beloved summers in Belgium
  •  ... Canadians go out around 9 or 10 PM because night clubs and pubs close at 2 PM 





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Loes on

The relationship between teacher and pupil isn't clear ...

alessandro.dh on

I just enlist a few differences concerning school in this sentence ... ;)

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