Rocking Vancouver on a shoestring

Trip Start Jun 15, 2010
Trip End Jan 27, 2011

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

After our trip around California, we were welcomed back to Vancouver by clean air, safe public transport and a cold snap. Settling back into the grind of job hunting I was resigned to try everything I could to get any work and to stay positive and busy in the mean time. Thankfully after a week back in town I got a position for a few days a week at Burnaby Hospital processing donations that would take me into the new year. Feeling better about the impending pay (small as it would be) I got even more excited when it started snowing one night on the way home. We had been out to a Pink Floyd laser show at the Planetarium and had just managed to grab a cab when the heavy rain turned into snow flakes. Kiwi Matt, who was out with me, almost jumped out of the cab with excitement, this was the start of his snowboarding season!
As for me who has rarely seen snow, walking home in the quiet of the night, my black clothes and umbrella stark against the layer of white that had settled over my street, was magical

The next morning was Saturday and Meg, Lauren, Ali and I headed straight to Trout Lake to play. On arrival we were set on by a mob who tried to snowball us into oblivion. But we soon made a truce and joined forces to attack everyone walking within a 50 metre radius of us. We even had a little kid run off from his nanny to join our ranks. When we were thoroughly exhausted we farewelled our new comrades and retired to the barracks. 

Feeling I needed to get to know more people and more of the city, I started trawling Craigslist and volunteered for the upcoming Culture Crawl. It was a 3 day festival of Art, with studios being opened all over town with everything from painting to furniture and jewellery. It turned out on the night I arrived to help out that they were covered, so I set off on the crawl instead, seeing furniture made out or helicopter and airplane parts and some beautiful (and some average) paintings. 

I had also got in contact with a local woman who publishes an online music magazine about writing CD and concert reviews. She had decided to give me a go and I set about reviewing a new CD (Burlesque soundtrack), Brooke Fraser's Vancouver gig and the CD launch for local R&B singer Elise Estrada over the next few weeks. I was stoked to have an opportunity to write reviews and even more excited when they were published online at
We said a sad goodbye to Lauren early in December when she returned home for family reasons, reminding her that Canada will always be here when she has the opportunity to come back. Then it was just meg and I in the flat.

As Christmas approaches I have been trying to get into the spirit of a white christmas including heading to the German Christmas market and drinking spice wine and ice skating down town. Meg decorated our little flat and we went to the Festival of Lights to listen to carollers and see the beautiful botanical gardens saturated with fairy lights. On top of this there have been foosball challenges on Granville St, dance parties at random locations I will never be able to find again and the occasional movie marathon. 

The work has held out and allowed me to put a bit aside for Christmas and New Years and helped me decide to go WWOOFing or couch surfing after new years for a few weeks to see a bit of Washington state and try something new before I head home.

But first we are off to Whistler for a white Christmas and some snowboarding (hoping that we don't have to be air lifted off the mountain) and then to New York for new years. My fingers and toes are crossed that Heidi, Lalene and Scott will be able to get over from london where they are currently snowed in...
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Love the Christmas tree!

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