we are now living on campus at UBC, and this will be our base for the rest of the year. We have a couple of side trips to do, Calgary/Edmonton, Victoria and Paul will be off to a conference in Boston and taking in a couple of days in NY, but aside from that and possibly the odd weekend away, we are living on UBC campus.
A little background to the campus. Aside from the nearly 45,000 students there are thousands of teachers and staff and including all of the families that live on campus (us now too) there is normally anywhere between 100,o00 and 110,000 on campus everyday during the academic year and about 60,-85,000 in the summer.
So as you can see it’s not a small place, roughly about Dunners/Hamilton size. Of course being that big and out at the edge of the city of Vancouver (and theres some strange thing where you don’t pay rates here so you need to pay to join the library and other services?) this pace has it’s own hospital, police station, fire station and ambulance, a huge stadium and soon to be huge ice hockey stadium (for the 2010 winter olympics) and masses of other services on site.
This place is massive and with heaps of gardens, trees and regional parks it is a haven for walking or cycling. It’s also home to Wreck Beach, one of the largiest nudie beaches in the world. This would be great for Jamie and Charlie, but I can’t see Paul and Janine making there way there too soon. Our days of Mapua at wide eyed 18 & 19 year olds is well behind us. Besides without Ingrid to accompany the boys in a nuddie run (mapua 1989?), where’s the fun?
The apartment we are in is great, and aside form the $1600 or so we needed to fork out the other day for beds and dining tables etc things are going well for us. We still don’t have a telly, but as we still haven’t seen the entire first season of Boston Legal and most videos at the store are new to us, we don’t really need one at the moment.
My great dilemma tonight is wether to go to John Fogerty (Credence Clearwater Revival lead singer), the BC Lions (Gridiron), the baseball (like 20/20 cricket but an actual sport) or the Whitecaps (pro soccer one league down from the Major league that Beckham plays in now). It’s a stunning thursday afternoon and the temp tonight will be about °21C (the gridiron is indoors), hmmm which one to go to. Nina will be pleased to get me out of the house and do some work.
Whops nearly forgot moving house. What a hoot!!!! For those of you who have seen the Ford F150 massive pick-up trucks about NZ, well they have a big bro and bigger bro the F250 and F350, thankfully the F250 wasn’t ready so they downgraded our rental to the F150 for our shift. What a beast, and apart from not really fitting into a lane, and the speed limit here is 50km but the cops don’t issue tickets until about 70km unless you are an idiot, and the small thing about being on the other side of the road in a 2million people city, it was a breeze. The boys loved the thing, and although a pick-up it was bigger inside than our Subaru at home. We only needed one trip from flat to UBC apartment, then we took the beast out to Ikea to spend Allan Bollards cash, load up the pick-up and back to UBC. It was heaps of fun and hard work, and the boys loved waking up the next day to a set up house. Say it, we love flat pack furniture. Dining table and 4 chairs $120. Couch/bed combo $150, Bed base reduced to $120, small tent for the boys inside, etc it make us fell at home now. The next morning making the most of the truck, I was off to the supermarket and spent $350 on a decent styled Rachie B shop so we won’t need to carry massive things on the bus to UBC. All in all hard work but lots of fun in our beast, shame we had to give it back. Jamie and Charlie just loved it.