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VANCOUVER – Before I first came to Vancouver, I knew about the city only two things – the first: it is surrounded by fantastic beauty – mountains with snow caps, forests with Indian totems and the ocean with the whales; Second, it is one of the five cities with the highest standard of living in the world, recently won first place. But it was necessary to call in the city and pass on it so that to destroy all of its advantages.

No, of course, the nature of British Columbia – this is not a red-hot frying pan with a lightning rod Vancouver, BC. Known by The X-Files and The 4400 TV series, produces over 40% of Greater Vancouver’s water supplies.  Ecology in British Columbia is so clean, it’s one of the last remaining places where it’s citizens can drink water from the tap.  Some say tap water tastes even better than bottled water.



Here you can find and a suspension bridge across the river and a glass bridge along the rocks and smaller bridges in the trees.Or take the mountain’s Grouse Mountain – tall with Ai-Petri in Crimea , but with a view of Vancouver instead of Yalta and the Pacific Ocean instead of the Black Sea.


The city lies at the bottom of a toy.  And Mount Baker Mountain in the United States, which is erroneously considered the mountain of the screen Paramount Pictures – that, in fact, invented, based on the mountain in Utah, which has even less resemblance to it than this.  Where you can walk in May t-shirt among the three-meter snowdrifts and sweat from the heat.

Sculptures atop Grouse Mountain in snow


After all, beauty is – right on the bus can drive or take the lift and for $ 40 or overpower foot lifting and back to move out already for $ 10.

But no, I had to come here through the Banff the National Park then – where the Rocky Mountains, nature reserves, avalanches … just not the same effect. How to fall in love is the best place on earth (as stated in the motto of British Columbia – «The best place on Earth» ) when next in Alberta – better. Of course, this is all right in the city and there is still an ocean with colorful sunsets on the dirty beach, bathed in the warm sunshine and the smell of the grass – but not beveled smoked.

English Bay – perhaps one of the main promenades. A-mazing Laughter sculpture at English Bay shore in Vancouver, BC.  Senior reader with loupe at English Bay shore in Vancouver West End


But, again, there is the sea, but still it is not Cuba or the Dominican Republic – cold. Somehow with nature – cool, but never the best place in the world for each individual item. So maybe all is not as well in the amount of?

If Vancouver – an example of a city with one of the highest living standards in the world (5 th place after Vienna, Zurich, Auckland, Munich, according to the Mercer ), then I am disappointed in this world, finally convinced of the human race inferiority and give newcomers command fire porazhanie on this stupid planet neutron bombs. The planet in no way to blame, but we are with you – stupid ass. We have built a city among such beauty, one of the best cities in the world and zasrali it because we are so easier and more convenient to live.



The Financial District is a highrise office zone of inside of the focal business area of in Vancouver, British Columbia’s downtown landmass. Found generally along Burrard and Georgia Streets, the Financial District contains more than 60% of Greater Vancouver’s office space and is home to central command of woods items and mining organizations, elected and non-administrative associations (NGO) workplaces, Overseas missions and offices, and headquarter and branch workplaces of national and global banks and money related administrations, bookkeeping and law offices, and lavish lodgings.



With declining participation at numerous Vancouver houses of worship, potential church terminations are uncontrolled, and undermine the loss of numerous noteworthy legacy structures. At the point when these structures close, Vancouver groups lose more than Sunday venerate space; they lose space for the innumerable social and social exercises that houses of worship suit seven days a week. These places of worship, in any case, regularly sit on profitable land and are frequently sold for non-open employments.


The main trouble in Vancouver – the homeless. Here, the warmest winter in Canada, the most liberal government. Therefore, all the loafers flock to the west coast. And as in most Canadian medical care is incomparably cheaper than in the US, so slackers flock even to the north.


In North America, all homeless people wander because they themselves make such a choice – the state is ready to provide and provides them with subsidized housing, facilities for training and job search, but they like more – Why strain yourself? A democratic society behaved on compassion and sensitivity, trained to help – it offers not need bait, but it gives you plenty and fish.

For God’s sake, they make a choice, thinking about yourself, but do not think about how they spoil the city, arranging their dens, dragging the garbage and just Gadya around you – say, “I’m homeless, I’m heavy and I was not up to the higher matters such as ecology “.  As if one little stray, Vancouver smokes like a chimney. By comparison, Toronto not smoke at all. Here at every turn someone smokes, the streets littered with cigarette butts just that in such numbers start to stink in themselves.


Unique local air – mountain and ocean at the same time – making Vancouverites Statistics healthiest and most long-lived in Canada. But the crowd of idiots this is too much – you need to dirty the atmosphere in the city to an average across North America level. Do you think that now you have seen all of the beau monde Vancouver – hrenushki, fasten your seat belts, trash begins. Come on West Hastings Street (West Hastings St.) in downtown: the homeless are becoming more frequent, are merged into a solid mass and acquire sunken eyes, thinning hair and holes in the veins.


2015 promises to all who need to provide houses, but knowing their desire for the will as they see it, by 2016 everything will be as before. Therefore, the measure at the next election in 2014, I already know for whom to give their vote – for anyone who promises to cover the street with napalm. Although what I mean, it’s a free country – here, we respect the choice of other people, so let them choose, in the place of the Pacific Ocean to tow this shameful part of the Canadian land with its inhabitants.



Literally the next street after W.Hastings – Chinese district. It is logical to assume that in the very near to the Asian city in Canada, where more than a third of the population – the Asians and the ratio continues to grow, will be colorful Chinatown. But no, as compared to the Chinese district of Toronto with real Chinese people living there, not speaking in English, is exposed on the street with their trays of dried cockroaches and cheap Chinese fakes, here – just civilization. For beautiful gate – just a few of refined shops, where the Chinese seem to come every day from areas like Richmond, so to work.


Chinese Garden of Sun Yat-sen (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen) – the first true classic garden built outside of China (1985-1986). There’s me, too, rolled toothless homeless and in fictitious language is something I croaked. I still think that he thought he spoke in English.

One of the symbols of the city – a 25-meter replica of the Eiffel Tower is not building Vudvords Redivelopment.  The rest of the city unusual and strange, but you can get used to. You can get used to a low tower – Harbour Centre Tower – which is not at all like the tower in Toronto or Calgary as well, a pancake on the roof of the house, 3 times lower than the CN Tower . Downtown is not commercial and is almost entirely residential, therefore, it is lit in the evening, and then – go out because people go to bed. it burns all night in Toronto.




Here bustling around the port rather than skyscrapers. Although what I mean – it does not boil – just it is. The quiet kind of life, in general.  Intersections of bicycle paths on the road marked with a bright green color.  It’s nice that the Vancouver Centre is covered not just a bicycle lane in Toronto, and separated by a border of the road – both in Montreal and Amsterdam . Even bridges bikeways separated ugly concrete blocks of the road. In the metro there are special places in the cars for bicycles. But not a normal kind of Bixi rental in Toronto and Montreal – bicycles can be taken in rent in shops, but then they must return to the same. More about veloinfrastrukture tell you when to buy lead.


And here it is the world’s largest water airport – you can spend hours watching soaring and sitting down seaplane.
Like the TTC in Toronto , subway, skaytren (light rail), buses and trolley buses (yes, here I met the first time since Ukraine’s trolley!) Constitute a single system with a common payment system.

In the subway – payment by credit card machines. It is convenient when there is no crowds at rush hour. But the buses need to accurately pour Zhmenya stuff – paper money they do not accept. Even zhetonchiki system in Toronto is a hundred thousand times more convenient – you can buy for a week not to wear stacks of stuff, though, if you do not have the little things, you will be allowed, and so. Or then be asked to pay for the transplant on the subway, for example. Although here too there Fare Saver – loose pages booklet, which will save on the little things.

Monthly ticket is cheaper than in Toronto – $ 90 for one and $ 110 for the two zones, compared to $ 120 in Toronto.

Entrance to the subway and Skaytren, by the way, absolutely free as in Calgary and Amsterdam . You are at your own risk and can not pay for travel, but there is little chance of running into a controller.


But it is unusual for Canada, where the influence of Asia – it is in the management of the trains. All subway and skytrain – automated drive without driver and, lo and behold, even without the aid of three conductors in Toronto.  Train in the subway – much wider Skytrain (as should be the case with a light metro) and are shortened mix of new compositions in Toronto with handrails from Paris and Montreal.


It is believed that in Vancouver to find a job is more difficult than Toronto – the labor market is much smaller salaries percent HB 10-20% lower. I look at it this way – in Toronto I could find on one site 400 jobs in their specialty, in Vancouver – only 30. But I need something only one!

Like all the most difficult to establish a dialogue with the company, it is much easier to do through friends. There is already hitting the interview all depends on you. So two interviews which I went for a week in Vancouver turned two job offers, one of which I gladly accepted.



Taxes (income tax) in British Columbia, a little higher than in Ontario – 12.29% for me against 11.16% in Toronto, but lower sales tax (sales tax): 12% versus 13%. Not to say (and say as everything is expensive), the cost of living is not very different from Toronto. But there is something that can not be bought in Toronto for any life – beautiful nature and plenty of opportunities for cruising tourism .

Anyway, I went to Vancouver in order to find a new home, and was a bit disappointed by what I saw, just happen to a small Parisian syndrome in a city with one of the world’s highest standard of living. Not enough to say “my legs will not be here,” but enough to think “and is it worth the effort?”.

A friend of mine, not carrying the smoke was anxious to British Columbia, and so, Kostya, at the expense of Vancouver think thrice. Although the photographer is of course a paradise – from the social sphere to landscapes, from the industrial to the reporting of wildlife, but people smoke right here at home in Odessa.


Accommodation had to look harder than in Toronto – the prices are either the same or slightly higher, but here at home older and differently less pleasant.  Today, we rented an apartment in Burnaby on the 20th floor with views of the mountains – with such foggy mornings like this lodge definitely need higher: