image credit: photo by CC user 70626035@N00 on Flickr
Well, we’re halfway through January, but with all the freelance work I’ve been bashing my way through, this year in review had to wait for awhile. In many ways, 2014 was defined by the growth of my mobile business, which caused this blog to be neglected at times ( Mama’s been busy, but I still love you all … sorry!).
In true digital nomad fashion though, I managed to get in tons of travel between the ever frequent 12 hour work days (the less glamorous aspect of the trade), starting in Chiang Mai, Thailand on New Year’s Day and progressing through Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, Mexico and Belize.
While most that visit Vancouver hang out on the downtown peninsula, there is so more more to the city that they are missing out on. Case in point: Vancouver’s West Side (not to be confused with the west end, which refers to the westerly portion of downtown that’s one of the most densely populated parts of Canada, or West Vancouver, which is the uber rich enclave on the North Shore near the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal).
If you have not been to Vancouver, it can be hard to place how modern and built up this city truly is. Everybody has their preconceived notions surrounding Canada as a largely uninhabited wilderness with charming yet somewhat backwater-ish people. So when you walk through a scene like the one shown above (just steps away from verdant Stanley Park), it can be a surreal experience.
Still not convinced? Take a look inside the Vancouver I’ve grown to love, a city that is very much a flag bearer for 21st century urban living.