At the beginning of the semester, each student receives a Compass Card (this is the card you can use for public transport). Each month you have to recharge this card (on the website dedicated to it) to be able to use the card for the next month.
We can go everywhere by bus. The bordering cities of Vancouver (Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey) are easily accessible by the subway (called the SkyTrain) and we can go to Vancouver-North via a ferry (called a SeaBus)
Gastown was the first downtown core area of Vancouver. Its historical boundaries are the waterfront, Columbia street, Hasting street and Cambie street.
The name Gastown comes from “Gassy” which was the nickname of Jack Deighton, an English mariner and saloon keeper, who opened the first saloon of the area in 1867. It quickly became the core area for trade and a resort for off-work loggers and fishermen. The small community between Carral and Cambie street quickly grew and it was incorporated into Vancouver in 1886. But it was devastated the same year by the “Big fire of Vancouver” and only 2 buildings remained. Everything had to be rebuilt. It was considered as the center wholesale production and distribution for the city. However, after the great Depression of 1930’s it became a forgotten area of the city. It stayed like that until the 1960’s, when citizens became concerned about the conservation of the architectural hertitage of the neighbourhood because it was going to be demolished to build a huge freeway in the city centre. It was saved by a campaign led by local business people and property owners. The restart of the area began with the opening of the “Exposition Gallery” by Henk F. Vanderhorst which encouraged the development of Gastown in the 1960’s. It led to new businesses and activities coming in the area. Finally, it gave a new start to Gastown and in 2009 it was designated a National Historic site of Canada.
Who has never dreamed about the Canadian Wild life? It is so famous all around the world that everybody knows about its huge forest areas and lakes, its big black bears and its moose which can measure more than 2 meters, almost 7 feet tall at shoulders! But the most impressive thing is how it can be easy to meet these animals even when you don’t want to! You can meet racoons so easily in the campus that after two months here, despite of their legendary cuteness, you almost don’t notice their presence anymore. Continue reading →
On Thursday, February 16th, we had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the company Geocaching located in the northwest suburb of Seattle. We were first given a tour to observe the workplace atmosphere, learn how the departments are organized and see how the company functions. Then, various employees (including one of the company’s founders Bryan Roth!) introduced us to their company. Continue reading →