Yavuz Kaya, originally from Turkey, moved to Vancouver in 2011. In the fourth installment of a blog series exclusive to Moving2Canada, Siobhán Condon asks Yavuz 10 quick questions about life in his adopted home.
1. Why did you move to Canada?
I had already decided to move to Canada even before I finished my PhD early in 2010 in Canada, but I did not have any job offer within Canada at that time. My intention was to stay in Canada for a couple of years and then come back to Istanbul and work in a university. When I got the job offer from UBC I immediately accepted it, and I have loved working at UBC and living in Vancouver. As a result my plan has changed a bit on the way and I do not have a firm plan to return to Istanbul. But, of course, who knows?
2. How long have you lived in Vancouver?
I have been living in Vancouver for almost two-and-half years.
3. What are your three favourite things about Vancouver?
Can I have four? Clean weather, less traffic, beautiful nature and lower population density.
4. Why did you choose to live in the neighbourhood that you are living in now?
I lived in a graduate dorm at UBC campus for one year when I first arrived in Vancouver. Later I realised that living very close to my work made me feel that I was trapped at the campus, so I wanted to move out. I then moved to downtown to experience the downtown life, and so far I have liked it.
5. One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver?
It is extremely expensive to live a decent life in Vancouver, and it definitely needs to be changed. More Mediterranean and Middle East foods in town would make Vancouver more flavourful.
6. What is your favourite bar /cafe in the city?
Mahoneys Pub on UBC campus and Kits beach to watch the sunset with a sneaky drink during the summer.
7. What is the best tourist spot to visit in BC?
8. What was the last out of town trip that you really enjoyed?
White Rock with its long beach and wonderful nature.
9. Is Vancouver home?
It has definitely potential to be home.
10. What super power would you most like to be gifted with?
The ability to cook a meal, any meal . . .
Next Saturday, Siobhán poses 10 questions to . . . herself. Don’t forget to check out part V 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