Today has been one of those days where I’ve been having some of those moments. The ‘oh right, I live in Canada now’ kind of moments....
It’s easier than it sounds to forget that on any given day I’m over 4700 miles from home as I’m not only settled in VancouverI’ll see that it’s a friend’s birthday, or an annual event I used to go to, and I’ll suddenly realize that I’m travelling down West Broadway, in a hockey jersey, on my way to work at Canada’s only national cancer charity. Crazy. Six months ago I left my old life in Southampton so excited but completely unable to imagine what my new life inVancouverwould be like. Now I know, and I love it. Here’s a little taste of a day in the life of me:
6:30am – The alarm goes off, it’s time to get up.
7:40am– Leave for work. My daily commute involves a 10 minute walk to the bus stop, a 20 minute bus ride, a wait for another 10 minute bus ride, and a 10 minute walk to work. But hey, at least I’m not sitting on the tube.
8:30am – Arrive at work. I work for the Canadian Cancer Society BCY (British Columbia& theYukon) and the Greater Vancouver Regional office is on the border of Vancouver and Burnaby, another city to the East. My job as aVolunteer Engagement Coordinator involves attracting, recruiting and managing volunteers, as well as working with the rest of the team to improve the volunteer experience and make us the charity of choice in BCY. My day can include everything from interviewing volunteers and designing training modules to discussing campaign progress with our Revenue Development teams and organizing a volunteer recognition event. Yes, I’m a geek. But I love it!
1pm – Lunch time. If it’s raining I’ll go and sit in the lunchroom with my co-workers and read one of the many, many magazines I’ve been filling up the racks with. If it’s sunny, I’ll go for a walk to Bosa, the Italian supermarket down the road, or to Ethical Bean for a skim mocha. Yum.
5:15pm– Finish work. CCS have a great summer hours policy, so I work an extra 45 minutes on top of my 7 hour day throughout the summer (8:30am – 5:15pm instead of 9am – 5pm) and get every other Friday off. Yey!
6pm – If I’m feeling active, I’ll bus back home and go straight to the gym which is right next to my bus stop. If it’s sunny, I’ll usually swap this for a run along the beach to Granville Island, one of the city’s major tourist attractions and the place to be for beautiful views of the city. If it’s a game day, I’ll be in a bar and will skip the next two steps.
7:30pm – Home time! If I’ve remembered to get some kind of meat/chicken/fish out of the freezer then my boyfriend will cook some delicious food and we’ll have dinner watching MTV Live, our new favorite show. If I haven’t (more often than not) we’ll go for a walk along West 4th Avenue, the main street in Kitsilano, to pick up some sushi, a burrito or plain old Subway.
9pm – I’ll round off the evening with a drink (usually coca-cola for me!) in a local bar, watching a movie at home, catching up on emails to friends and family or reading yet more magazines.
10:30pm – 8 hours to go until I get up, which means it’s definitely bed time.
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