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An expat in Vancouver first impressions Summer

You have to experience full on summer in Vancouver to understand why its inhabitants are so faithful to the city through ten months of rain. It is glorious. Rumor has it that no one in Vancouver has a full-time job. … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver first impressions: Medical care

This week marked an important milestone in our move to Vancouver: use of our newly minted medical benefits card. Back in the U.S. we heard all the horror stories about Canada’s socialized medicine as broadcast far and wide in the … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver first impressions: housing

Vancouver is famous for its condo skyscrapers but I for one had not heard of its strata home ownership laws until I started spending time in the area. In a strata property, people own their piece of the building and … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver first impressions: food

I’ve only been in Vancouver a week, so as the post title states these are first impressions. We’ll see how they stand up to time. Diversity Vancouver is practically synonymous with diversity, and much of that comes from Asia. Yes, … Continue reading

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The viability of Slow Food

We’ve been spending a few days on Vancouver Island, which is a center of Slow Food in Canada. Between lovely walks along one of the many bays, inlets and spits, we’ve idled time away in desultory conversation with locals on … Continue reading

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Victoria: Top Eats V

OK, this is the last of my Victoria eats posts until my next trip (September, 2008). I haven’t focused on serious restaurants because to be honest the ones we tried were not very good, albeit their fine reputations. But no … Continue reading

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Victoria: Top Eats IV

Looks like my posts on “Victoria Eats” have largely been about drinks. So here’s one on more solid matter. Our tour through the Cowichan Valley and its vineyards and ciderworks also took us past Hilary Abbot’s creamery. We weren’t able … Continue reading

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