26 Struggles Of Living Slightly Outside Vancouver
So close, but yet so far.
Greater Vancouver? The Lower Mainland? Metro Vancouver? Honestly, I'm not even sure where that is. Of course, it's easy to define when we're actually in the city (i.e. Downtown, the city of Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, etc.), but as soon as you go a little further out, things get blurry. Is Surrey a part of Greater Vancouver? Is Delta? Pitt Meadows? Langley? I have no idea.
According to the Vancouver Sun, they're not even sure. But how I'll define "Vancouver" in this list of struggles will be based on accessibility. If you can transit to your home without much issue, then you live in "Vancouver". If you have to wait more than 40 minutes for a single bus to take you out to the city, then you live "outside Vancouver".
With that being said, I hope this list relates to all my homies who live out in West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, etc.
You're always calculating to the very last minute what time you need to leave to make the last bus out of downtown.
Otherwise you'll probably be stuck taking a night bus full of drunk teenagers and/or junkies...or you'll just be stranded downtown.
You have a love/hate relationship with partying/clubbing/going out downtown because well...transit.
You wish so hard that the Skytrain was 24/7.
The last Skytrain back home is like 12 a.m. Your friends go out at like 11.
You are basically forced to drive.
Not that driving is all that much of an issue for you, but without a car, you practically can't get anywhere because the transit sucks in your area.
Speaking of driving, you are pretty much always DD because you're the one with the car and how else are you gonna get yourself back home?
And crossing your fingers so hard nobody pukes in your car.
You know exactly when to start driving into/out of Vancouver.
Because traffic. Is. Insane.
And if you miss that golden window before rush hour, you're pretty much fvcked.
You better have a good playlist in that car.
And if you don't drive, you're constantly trying to bum a ride off of someone who does.
If you don't have a friend who lives near you and drives, make one NOW.
Your friends never want to come over.
Because you live sooo far away and your house isn't tranist-able, so you always end up going into the city instead.
You've definitely thought about living on campus as a student to save time.
Because it probably takes you about 1 or 3 hours to transit to UBC or SFU.
You get really proud and territorial when some awesome new restaurant or store opens up in your area.
S/O to the new Park Royal in West Van that's looking pretty tight right now.
Having to wake up at least 2 or 3 hours before work/school starts.
Because yet again...it takes you 5EVA to get anywhere!
And if you dare try to go anywhere a little later...it's over
There is no such thing as "a little late" when you have to transit so far. You're either early, or at least half an hour late.
You almost cried from happiness when the Evergreen Line opened.
No more 160 ??
Your friends have never heard of the high school that you went to.
"I went to Sentinel."
"Oh! I've heard of Centennial"
You can't walk anywhere.
Trying to take transit? You probably have to drive to a station, so you can take transit.
You've seriously considered moving out, but then you remember that Vancouver rent is extortionately high.
Bad transit + no money = always stuck at home.
The highway is either your best friend or your worst nightmare.
Sure it only takes 30 minutes to get from West Vancouver to Coquitlam, but like I said, as soon as you miss that golden window of opportunity.....?
50% of your bills go towards just gas money.
Can somebody buy me a gift card to Chevron this Christmas?
You'd really like a cheaper phone plan but the network doesn't cover where you live.
Actually, cellphone reception in your area is just bad. Period.
The struggle is so real.
You know pretty much everyone in your neighbourhood.
Either because you grew up here or everyone in the neighbourhood is too nice...like waaayyyy too nice.
Wanting to go somewhere nice to eat but have no more than three options within a 5 km radius.
There's nothing out here.
There is no nightlife. Let me repeat. No nightlife.
None. Zero. Zilch. Nein.
And nothing is open past 11 p.m.
Not even the 7/11.
You don't meet new people out here.
Not even the gym or the grocery store, same faces day in, day out.
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