Time flies, we are almost one month in Vancouver already, tomorrow it’s exactly 4 weeks since we left China. Life has been busy, but not just with work. Lots of things had to be arranged for our new house and we also did quite some sightseeing already. Just a couple of pictures from the past 4 weeks with some short comments, to give you an idea of what we are up to here.
Trail running in Vancouver is amazing, the forests are beautiful with hundreds of kilometers of well-maintained trails. I run here regularly, this trail is about 15 minutes running from our house.
The only thing I am worried about while running is wild life. There are quite some bears around, but I was told by a fellow runner that the bears are generally fairly harmless. Just don’t make sudden moves, don’t look them in the eye, and try to move away from the bear. I don’t look forward to my first encounter.
There is still quite some snow on the mountains, so we do winter sports regularly. The first thing we tried was snowshoeing, a nice way to hike in the snow. I also did some downhill skiing already and went cross-country skiing.
Hollyburn mountain has some good snowshoe and cross-country trails, just 20 minutes from our house. It’s amazing how quickly the environment can change. One moment you are having a coffee in the sun in your garden and half an hour later you are in the woods surrounded by huge masses of snow.
View from my new office at CrossPacific Capital in Vancouver, the office is located in the middle of Gastown, the entertainment district.
Beach in Kitsilano, with view of Vancouver’s North Shore. In summer it will be a bit more busy here!
Heavy snow while driving up to Hollyburn and Cypress Mountain. If it rains in town it normally snows on top of the mountains.
Having a drink while watching the sunset. After years of only seeing Shanghai’s urban jungle I still enjoy every time I see the sunset here. That may be different in 6 months, not sure.
Elaine is proud of her season pass for Cypress Mountain, but…
… she does not like skiing very much yet!
Scott’s first time on skis, he was very excited. We’ll put him in a ski class in December this year.
High up on Cypress Mountain, with a view of the ocean and Bowen Island in the back
Horseshoe Bay as seen from the ski slopes of Cypress Mountain
Scott watching a big ship passing under the Lions Gate Bridge
View over Gastown from Notey.com’s rooftop terrace – and with a view of the XPCP office.
With the kids in Stanley Park after a visit to the Vancouver aquarium
Scott climbing the logs at Dundarave Beach
Elaine on the playground at Dundarave Beach