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beaker
15th August 2007, 20:10
Hello! :wave: I'm new around here so please be gentle...

I've been contracting in London for about 2 years but am now thinking of working in Vancouver for a while. Has anyone had experience working there? What was it like (both as a place to live and in terms of contract work)?

richard-af
16th August 2007, 04:53
Hello! :wave: I'm new around here so please be gentle...

I've been contracting in London for about 2 years but am now thinking of working in Vancouver for a while. Has anyone had experience working there? What was it like (both as a place to live and in terms of contract work)?

A former boss of mine emigrated there. Neither he, nor his wife, have even thought of returning. House in own secluded woodland, own stream, good schools, etc. Work a plenty. If I wasn't so hung up on history, I'd be there myself. Hence, off to France, for me.

Troll
16th August 2007, 06:24
A former boss of mine emigrated there. Neither he, nor his wife, have even thought of returning. House in own secluded woodland, own stream, good schools, etc. Work a plenty. If I wasn't so hung up on history, I'd be there myself. Hence, off to France, for me.Didn't work for Barclays did he?

richard-af
16th August 2007, 08:10
Didn't work for Barclays did he?

No - a City Council. Loves it. Work's interesting. Reasonable pay. Own private Eden to go home to. The bastard!

Troll
16th August 2007, 08:44
The bastard!Indeed... I worked in Vancouver in the 80's...and was offered an sponsorship deal to emigrate.. feck feck feckity feck- I regret now that I didn't take it up.

It will always remain my favourite city (that I have visited) in the world....for any young man/woman contemplating going (and I keep telling my kids they should emigrate there) I say go for it - it is a fabulous city/country

Old Greg
16th August 2007, 09:13
If I could live anywhere in the world it would be Vancouver. Need to start investigating the work situation.

richard-af
16th August 2007, 09:15
Do it. You'll regret it otherwise.

lilelvis2000
16th August 2007, 09:27
I regularily get it in the ear from the wife that we still live here.

beaker
16th August 2007, 09:29
Thanks guys... you're helping to convince me. I have visited too an loved it - the missus loves it too. Such a spectacular and friendly place. I've only got a few years left to get a working holiday visa so gotta make my mind up or else settle down here of bugger off back to Oz.

richard-af - what's keeping you here and why are you off to France?

richard-af
16th August 2007, 09:38
I regularily get it in the ear from the wife that we still live here.

My wife and I recently decided, for the last time (always backtracked, until this time) to live in France.

Not perfect, nowhere is, but better... at least for us. We fianally realized that staying put would bite us in the bum when we were oldies, with the old "Why didn't we give it a try?" question.

richard-af
16th August 2007, 09:45
What's the climate like in Vancover?

Presumably more maritime & less 10 feet of snow from October to May?


I'd start here for all that sort of thing: http://vancouver.ca/aboutvan.htm

Weather stuff: http://www.vec.ca/english/2/climate.cfm

portseven
16th August 2007, 10:32
I regularily get it in the ear from the wife that we still live here.

Wanna swap? My wife is the opposite, I keep trying to convince her for us to give it a go for a few years but she wont coz of family. Though we would probably go to Edmonton as we have family there.

Gibbon
16th August 2007, 10:34
A former boss of mine emigrated there. Neither he, nor his wife, have even thought of returning. House in own secluded woodland, own stream, good schools, etc. Work a plenty. If I wasn't so hung up on history, I'd be there myself. Hence, off to France, for me.

That's my problem too, although I'm more into Italy and Greece.

TheFaQQer
16th August 2007, 10:46
Wanna swap? My wife is the opposite, I keep trying to convince her for us to give it a go for a few years but she wont coz of family. Though we would probably go to Edmonton as we have family there.

I almost applied for a job in Australia 2 years ago - got as far as working out which visas etc I'd need.

Then I realized that my father-in-law would kill me for taking his grandchild halfway round the world.

So we had another child instead...

lilelvis2000
16th August 2007, 12:56
I almost applied for a job in Australia 2 years ago - got as far as working out which visas etc I'd need.

Then I realized that my father-in-law would kill me for taking his grandchild halfway round the world.

So we had another child instead...

My parents are pleading with me to return. They've offered us a new car! (I'm holding out for a house). But then they have encouraged us to move to Oz as well, but I'm too old now and don't meet then entry requirements anymore. I'm still kicking myself for not moving to San Fran when I had the chance (I might be working for Oracle now had I).

I don't mind it here, but its the worst place in the G8 to raise a child. So, my goal is by the time my son turns 5 to move back and raise him there.