Dont worry about me, I’m in a new part of town

Alrighty!! I am all moved in and unpacked, and to look at my wardrobe I really dont know where it all went! I’m glad I packed two big knit cardigans though (probably explains some of the space) as I can wear them now! It’s amazing when you think of your life in a suitcase (or two) – and you unpack and think about everything you have brought along and whether you made the right decision or not. I think I did- overall. I’m just going to have to do more washing than I’m used to – but I can work with that.

My homestay family are really nice! I’ll admit that I was a little worried (as per normal I suppose) but they have been lovely and welcoming. Georgia introduced me to the food cupboards and living with a chef has its benefits I must say!!!!!!! You dont have to worry mum, I’ll be eating very well. Snacks included!! They have a little dog who is a bit hyper – but I’m ignoring her in the hopes that she will calm down soon. She hasnt bothered me in my room so thats half the battle!

Speaking of my room – wanna see some photos? Yeah I know you do.

Decorated already? Me? Yeah you can count on it!

Apparently that is satelite tv, but I need to ask how to use it as I cant seem to figure it out.

The taps are weird over here, and the toilet bowls seem to be a LOT bigger. Wider but shorter. They seem to hold a lot of water and then they flush weirdly too. All the water completely goes and then it fills back up again.

I’m not going to show you a photo of the toilet!

This is my soaker tub and shower

After I’d got settled I went out the back of my place and down the green belt.
I saw my first squirrel!!! He was too quick for me to get a photo.

North Vancouver is a beautiful place, and it’s a lot closer to the city than I thought. I dont know how I’m going to go in winter here though, I’ll be honest. Even though the sun was out today and it wasnt windy there is this cold in the air that almost takes your breath away. It’s a little bitter. Maybe I’ll grow into it!

I went down to the local superstore supermarket thingy. It’s like a combination of big w and the old bilo supermarkets. You should see the size of the small toothpaste – its like family size! They certainly do things a lot bigger in North America!!

I still havent seen the two aisles of chocolate bars though – maybe thats just in America. Probably a good thing, dont need to be tempted! Hehe. I’m still finding it a little strange being in another country. It’s been a week since I’ve been home now and you’d think I’d be used to it. I find myself walking along and I’ll see a big yellow school bus and I’ll do a double take. It’s like I have to open my eyes again as things start to blend in. I can see someone walking along and then when they speak in a Canadian accent I have to do another double take. It’s like I have to keep telling myself ‘hang on, you’re not at home here. You’re in Canada! Things are different.’ Its unusual I know, but maybe it’ll be different in time. Then again I AM unusual so maybe it’s just right hehehe.

A bit later the babysitter came around (not for me, for their 4 y.o son) and we got to chatting over dinner. She was so lovely and even though she is only 14 I think I made a friend. One down, several more to go!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. and flowers pick themselves
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 07:35:07

    i kind of love the culture shock associated with travel. even a simple thing like toothpaste can make you look at things in a new perspective.

    have a lovely saturday!

    xo Alison


  2. Cristina
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 11:17:00

    I’ve been reading all the posts I’ve missed! I’ve been in Madrid (I’m from the north of Spain) 2 days for Easter and I couldn’t read or post anything ’cause I didn’t have any computer there and my mobile is not so good.

    The Japan trip seems awesome! I think I’d make myself crazy if I have to find myself there by my own. I have some problems when we talk about orientation so I’m sure I’d be lost almost all the time LOL

    The places are beautiful, all the cherry blossoms and everything! I always think it has to be amazing have all those things to do in only a day! I love the busy days when I am doing things I like.

    I don’t think the food would be a challenge for me ’cause I’d only eat the things I know, but the money and the trains would be hard..

    I’ve been seeing all the pictures of your flickr account and I have to say if you take a look at my blog, you can see there’s a spider exactly similar in Bilbao (Spain) and Japan!

    You have to stop say America when you talk about Canada.. some Canadian can be upset, you know what I mean šŸ˜‰

    And maybe it’s a stupid question but I didn’t read ALL your blog posts, so I don’t know why you are living in another country now. You are in exchange or something?

    Have a nice day!! Greetings from Spain


    • Alesha
      Apr 10, 2010 @ 14:50:30

      Hi Cristina! Thanks so much for visiting. I hope your easter break was great! If you go to my ‘about me’ section you can read all about my trip. I’m doing a working holiday.

      Dont worry, North America actually includes Canada and U.S.A so no-one will be offended when I speak of that -thanks for lookin out for me though! šŸ˜‰

      All my travels have included some incredible scenery, I’m lucky!!


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