I suppose when you have lived in one country for a long time and move to another, comparisons are inevitable. Two questions I get asked, when people hear I moved from Vancouver to Sydney, are 'Why did you move?' and 'Which do you like better?' The answer to the first question is complicated, but comes down to two parts: I moved my dad to enjoy his last years as much as he could in his homeland, and to advance my career. I felt I needed to move to a different city centre to advance my career in design. Having an Australian passport, moving to Sydney seemed logical (though not entirely sane!).
The answer to the second question is simple: I like them both the same! Each has its pros and cons, though I do prefer the included tax and no tipping in Sydney. And parking spots are easier to come by in Vancouver! (Though judging by the increased population on this trip, that might soon change.) The mountains, tall trees and ocean in Vancouver are as much a part of me as the beaches, sandstone and ocean in Sydney. I decided a while ago that both places are home, and that I don't need to choose!
It was another fabulous visit home to visit family and friends.... in particular, to visit my beautiful tiny niece of the corn silk hair and cornflower blue eyes. I had thought when I moved to Sydney, that everything was tied up neatly in a bow. Clearly I hadn't learned anything from past experiences to learn that life is anything but tidy! With a baby niece in Vancouver and a baby nephew in Sydney, it looks like I will continue to cross the Pacific with regularity. Anyway, it's only a fourteen hour flight, gate to gate. A meal, a sleep, a couple of movies, soggy pancake breakfast and you're there! (Recommend compression socks for legs and feet dangling for so long. There are some non-medical, cool-looking ones now, so you won't look like a patient!) Besides, Canadians think nothing of hopping into their car and driving miles across the prairies, in winter conditions, no less. I know which I prefer.
I once again enjoyed a delicious lunch at Heirloom Vegetarian on South Granville. The food is so good, you don't miss the meat. Other highlights included salted caramel ice cream at Earnest Ice Cream; fig, prosciutto, blue cheese, and rocket pizza at Giovane Cafe at Fairmont Pacific Rim, baked oysters at Pearl on White Rock Beach.
I have just realised I wrote a whole paragraph on food... I think I am overdue for lunch. Till next post... Donna
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