As part of our recent relocation to Vancouver, for the past 2-3 weeks we’ve been on the hunt for a new place. We’ve had the luxury of subletting an apartment for 2 months until we found the right apartment for our budget. I honestly didn’t think we’d find a good place for us until October, but we came across a small condo downtown that we just had to get.
Finding an apartment can be a challenge, especially in a hot market like Vancouver’s. We established a fairly good rhythm in keeping a close eye on upcoming suites. I wanted to share a few websites and tips that helped us find the perfect place.
Whew, what a crazy month August has been! As noted in my previous post (Migrating North) I’ve recently relocated back to Canada from San Francisco. Specifically I’ve chosen Vancouver, BC as my new home.
While it’s only been a few short weeks that I’ve been back, it’s clear that this is the right city for me at this point in my life. Being able to reconnect with old friends and family members has been one of the most awesome parts of the past couple of weeks back at home. Knowing that these people are within a walk/drive away, rather than a 2 hour flight, is extremely exciting.
In addition, the city of Vancouver is a fast-paced city much like San Francisco but offers more outdoor activities and (in my opinion) a cleaner and safer environment. It’s clear that the tech scene here is bustling and there is a lot of excitement in the air. Vancouver is a big city so I have a lot of exploring to do in the coming months. Returning home during the summer has also made a great impression on me, although I do understand that winter is coming quickly!
Relocating back to Canada was a fairly painless process. I came across the Moving Back to Canada site maintained by Paul Kurucz which had a wealth of information that was helpful in planning my relocation. In addition, I wanted to share some tips and things to think about for anyone else in another country who might be returning home to Canada in the future.
The next steps is finding a house or apartment to call home and a new, exciting company to join. I’ll be posting about these in the coming weeks. Until then, time to enjoy the city!
Nearly 2.5 years into my time in San Francisco, I’ve decided to head back to Canada. This hasn’t been an easy decision for me as I’ve loved my time here. But, I’m excited for the future and for new opportunities.
I posted a few times when I first arrived about my experiences in SF. I would highly recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to work abroad to do it. It’s an awesome way to learn, gain perspective and have experiences you might not have in your home country.
Leaving a great organization like Atlassian is also a difficult choice, but ultimately the right one for the long term. I’m going to miss working and such an innovative company with awesome people.
San Francisco is an amazing place and I hope to come back and visit regularly. In particular I’m going to miss the great food and cheap, quality beer here. I don’t think there’s another city in the world that offers such excellent grub.
Surprisingly, I’m also going to miss baseball. I never really followed before I came to SF and now I’m a huge Giants fan. I guess I’ll be getting an MLB.tv account for next summer.
That all being said, I’m extremely pumped to give Vancouver as a try as my new home city. To be close to friends, family and of course the Canucks is going to be an amazing experience! I’m looking forward to finding my next professional team to join and to make an impact in a great organization.