Jason Dowling has spent the past two years living in Vancouver. In the eighth installment of her blog exclusive to Moving2Canada, Siobhán Condon asks Jason 10 quick questions about his life in the city.
1. Why did you move to Canada?
I moved here because I had finished studying at home and could not get a job in the area I wanted to work.
2. How long have you lived in Vancouver?
I have lived here since March 2012, so about two years now.
3. What are your three favourite things about Vancouver?
I think a lot of what is great about Vancouver has to do with where it is. I mean, there are some of the most amazing things to do outdoors here. The mountains are right beside the city and they change with the seasons, giving great hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter. Vancouver is also on the coast so there are loads of beaches in the city that are great fun to hang out on. This generally outdoorsy life style that the Vancouverites seem to love is really catered for here, with great cycling facilities and parks provided by the city.
4. Why did you choose to live in the neighbourhood that you are living in now?
This was really a practical decision. I picked a neighbourhood I liked, with some good shops and convenient stuff around, but also somewhere between work and downtown. It’s just south of Kits . . . Dunbar.
5. One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver?
I’d probably ask Vancouver to be a little more like Dublin. I’m not from Dublin, but I did live there for many years and it’s a great place, with lots of characters, and just bursting at the seams with great music and things to do. I’d like Vancouver to have a little more of this character!
6. What is your favourite bar /cafe in the city?
7. What is the best tourist spot to visit in BC?
Well this place is filled with picture postcard choices so that is a difficult question. I’m going to go with a local one here though — The North Shore Mountains. While Tofino or Whistler may be more popular, I go to Cypress or one of the other mountains every few weeks or so for a hike, skiing or snowshoeing, and it’s always fun. Deep Cove is also great for kayaking and paddle boarding.
8. What was the last out of town trip that you really enjoyed?
As it happens, I was just home for Christmas so this was actually the last trip I enjoyed. But, staying within the Pacific Northwest, I would have to say Portland is my favourite. I’ve made the trip three times now and it is a really fun town.
9. Is Vancouver home?
It might be starting to creep up on me and one day I will say yes, but right now I don’t really think so. Every time I’m back in Ireland it still feels like home.
10. What super power would you most like to be gifted with?
Maybe flying or invisibility. Imagine all the mischief you could get up to being invisible? It would get you out of many the tight spot too, I’d imagine.
Next Saturday, Siobhán poses these 10 questions to Alina Ilyasova from Russia. Don’t forget to check out part IV of Siobhán’s My Vancouver series!
Siobhán likes the simple pleasures in life: coffee, a good film and a leisurely bike ride. She currently works for the Reel 2 Real Film Festival in Vancouver. She tweets all things Short Film related for Kids here — Kids Short Films.