I have been surprised at how busy and crowded everything is in Vancouver. The bus is crowded at all hours of the day. My friend tells me the skytrain is even worse. The busses are full of people with strollers and walkers. No one offers me seat. It’s challenging jumping off the door at the… Read More Transitioning Back to Vancouver
E-bikes are complex topic due to the multiple technical specifications and types of e-bikes. The short version is to read the research before shopping. I have listed a couple of sites that have reviews with or without ratings by users. Once you see the best bikes, you can narrow it down by price, size, features… Read More Ebike reviews and vendors v2
It’s good to spend some time in the city to see the both advantages and disadvantages of life on Hornby. I feel like I have come back into civilization. I stayed at the Ponderosa suites at UBC which was a great choice. The suites are brand new, with cable tv and free fast Wi-Fi access….… Read More Vancouver Chronicles
This confirms my comments from previous posts regarding Vancouver. <a href=”https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/2018/08/01/vancouver-best-canadian-cities-to-live-rankings/”>https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/2018/08/01/vancouver-best-canadian-cities-to-live-rankings/</a>
Of all places.. Canadian Tire. I had to make the run to Canadian Tire today to get a ladder. I am all loaded up with ladder and a bike trainer in my shopping cart and who do I see but the Designer guys, Chris and Steve who have show on CBC and HGTV. It certainly… Read More celebrity spotting!
I’ve been here for almost 3 months now. I am finding my way around a little better. I am have a few small successes at work. If only they knew what success was. If only I knew?? I have been grateful that the weather has been mild to cool so far and I am enjoying… Read More Winter sunset
Got a quote on auto insurance from Grey Power. $ 3,800 per year. Current insurance in BC = $ 1560. OUCH!!
Yes the TTC is running out of tokens. They are raising transit fares in Jan and so people are hoarding tokens. Now they will only sell 5 tokens at a time. They now plan to print paper tickets. Problem: the tickets won’t work in the turnstiles so you will have to go one by one… Read More running out of tokens
It’s 3 am and the neighbours are partying.
Spent the evening at “Services Ontario” from 4:30 – 8:00 waiting to get my drivers licence tranferred. And then they charged me $ 75.00 for the pleasure. By the end, the line for OHIP card was closed. However I did get a phone number to call to make an appointment. I discovered today the Ministry… Read More All that glitters is not gold
I was at a training session to learn the rope of the Ministry of Health databases. It’s nice to get training for change instead of being given a password and just left to figure it out myself. The training was held at the some office of the Ministry of Health but the whole floor was… Read More Melt down before there’s any snow
I am enjoying the warm Toronto weather. Really! I have looked at some condos to buy. For a 1000 sq ft condo the taxes were $ 569 per month or $ 6828 per year. My taxes in Van for my condo were $ 1800 per year for same square foot. I guess that is because snow clearing… Read More taxes
Someone at work was leaving today (the turnover is pretty high) and I was invited to join the rest of the team at a pub near where I work. There is a pub on every corner. It was a very good-natured get together. Such a contast to VCH. Everyone I work with here is under… Read More first after work drinks
I have finally decided to move and have found a new condo to rent. It is on the Harbourfront, close to Porter Airlines Terminal and the Ferry to Toronto Island. It’s a 2 BR townhouse so there is space for visitors. Parking is still in process of negiotation! It’s on a dead end road so… Read More new condo
I am starting a journal of my move from Vancouver to Toronto in Week 3 as I haven’t had time or internet connection up until now. The big event this week was the arrival of my jeep (aka Funmobile). Now that I have my wheels I have started exploring Toronto. My first stop was IKEA… Read More Vancouver to Toronto