Best place to live…Vancouver, BC

An example of the things that make Vancouver one of the best places to live….water, mountains, snow…

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I know everyone has probably heard that statistic about Vancouver being the best place to live etc.

But speaking as someone who actually lives there, I can assure you that yes, the statistics are not wrong….Vancouver IS one of, if not the best city to live in.

And people are always saying you need to be either earning megabucks or must have wads of hard cash to live here…Bah, humbug! What a load of garbage! At one time, I was earning just around $15000 after tax a year, and yet I managed to get by fine on that money. Ok, so I couldn’t buy my own house, or own a flashy car, but I survived quite happily, without being another Ebenezer Scrooge.

As always, what you hear and what actually transpires are two very different things, and I found to my satisfaction that those stories were not strictly true.

Take my case for example. I lived around the downtown east area, near Chinatown. Yes, that area does have it’s problems with addiction and social issues, but I was not exactly living on those streets, but in my own 1 bedroom apartment, which was cozy, very clean and tidy, and more importantly, very affordable.

Transport was no problem…99% of the time, I walked down from my apartment straight into a whole range of shops in the area…everything was close at hand and within walking distance. The Vancouver Central library, hundreds of coffee shops, restaurants etc were not more than a leisurely 30 minutes walk away. When a bus or train was needed, Vancouver’s TransLink bus stops were everywhere, and depending on where I wanted to go, a ticket costing $2.50 was all that was required (incidentally, that ticket could also be used on the Skytrains, buses or my favourite method of transport, the SeaBus!).

Vancouver SkyTrain

So no, despite those stories you hear of BC standing for “Bring Cash”, nothing could be further from the truth. What’s more, from that apartment at downtown east, I moved to Burnaby, a town nearby, and still managed to live on the same wage for more than 2 years! But hey, keep this a secret….we don’t want everybody moving here!

Anyways, I will be doing posts about some of the best known areas in downtown Vancouver for socializing, eating, taking photos etc very soon, so please bookmark this blog and drop in regularly.



About filmcamera999

ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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