New in town: My First Impressions of Vancouver

I moved to Vancouver in late summer last year. New places can be exciting and isolating as you find your pace in the rhythm of a new city. This short video captures some of those first few weeks and months of discovery.

There’s a feeling of home starting to creep in but there’s still a palpable foreignness. Having lived across Canada, I sometimes feel like an unofficial cultural ambassador. There are obvious differences in landscapes, languages, and cultural diversity across the country but there are also social subtleties that take a little more time to understand. I haven’t quite been able to put into words some of the moments here in Vancouver that catch me off guard so I’ll start by letting these images do the talking.

Looking forward to sharing some of my first experiences in Vancouver over the next couple of weeks including attending my first Canucks game!

Enjoy and let me know what you think! How many places do you recognize? Were you once new in Vancouver too? What was it like?

The music played by pianist Sanaz Sotoudeh was recorded at the public concert at the Vancouver Facade Fest 2015.

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