“My wife and I are in our mid-30s with what others would call wildly successful careers here. We are seriously thinking about moving to Seattle or San Diego or at least elsewhere in Canada.”

bubbles at VREAA 27 Jun 201 6:45am -
“My wife and I are in our mid-30s with what others would call wildly successful careers here. We, however, hate the lack of any real economy or even culture coupled with the insecurity-manifesting-as-egomania of most residents. If I have to hear one more time about how Vancouver is the best place on earth from someone who’s never visited any other major centre in Canada (let alone the world) I’ll scream. Yes, the outdoor activities are nice, but experience living elsewhere has taught me that Vancouver residents do not have a monopoly on their pursuit. Despite the fact that it would mean essentially re-starting our careers, we are seriously thinking about moving to Seattle or San Diego or at least elsewhere in Canada. There is no way we would pick Vancouver as our home if starting again from scratch.”

7 responses to ““My wife and I are in our mid-30s with what others would call wildly successful careers here. We are seriously thinking about moving to Seattle or San Diego or at least elsewhere in Canada.”

  1. Leave. Seriously.

  2. so much bragging – same old story

  3. “If I have to hear one more time about how Vancouver is the best place on earth from someone who’s never visited any other major centre in Canada (let alone the world) I’ll scream.”

    yeah – this would drive me nuts too.. Maybe people will chill out if housing normalizes. If you do decide to leave, and if you work in tech, that industry is hiring in Seattle right now.

  4. nobody you know

    I lived in San Diego for 10 years. If you’re looking for culture it’s a little bit sleepy down there. San Diego is to LA what Victoria is to Vancouver. We had a nice place near the beach and the weather was great but LA was where the action was. LA is a sprawling mega-city with traffic like you’ve never seen, but wow – it really had it all. I know a lot of people hate it but we went up as much as we could.

    San Francisco is nice too, but the weather isn’t what you might expect for California. It can be cool even in the summer but what a city! It’s simply gorgeous and has culture to spare. SF is on my short list of American cities I’d retire in.

    If you’re able to get away from work for a while spend some time in these cities during the off season before you move. I’d recommend at least a couple of weeks to drive from San Diego to San Francisco and really absorb the cities and the differences between SoCal and NorCal.

    Check out Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach (OB and PB as the locals say), Mission Beach and La Jolla in San Diego. The zoo and wild anilmal park are unreal and don’t skip Balboa Park! Other than that you’ve basically got the desert and easy access to the third world slum that is Northern Mexico. Tijuana is disgusting but if you must go, take a $5 cab to Avenida Revolucion (the tourist zone) and leave before dark. It’s third world city in a third world country rife with pick pockets, corrupt cops, drug dealers and prostitutes.

    LA! OK where to start. The beaches are nowhere near downtown or Hollywood but hey – welcome to California. Everything is spread out. Downtown has LACMA, MOMA, Little Tokyo and lots of office buildings that are dead after dark. Hollywood is Hollywood. Sunset Strip, Capitol Records building, big HOLLYWOOD sign, Scientologists etc. It’s a scene. Tourists like there’s no tomorrow. But it’s fun! Go to a television taping, Universal Studios or see you favorite band play in a bar for $20. I’ve seen the Tragically Hip, James Brown and BB King all play in bars for $30-$50. Every band you ever listened to lives there now and plays around town in shows you’ll never hear about unless you live there too. And your favourite sitcom actor is probably doing stand up comedy in your neighborhood bar just for the hell of it. It’s just that kind of town. Oh, and Disney. Check out Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain if you like that sort of thing. Into sports? Kings, Ducks, Lakers, Clippers, Angels, Dodgers. And you can always head down to San Diego for a Chargers game if you’re a football fan. There’s also the Getty Museum, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and seriously I could write for an hour. There a lot of haters but I love LA. Do check it out.

    San Francisco. Only been there a few times as tourist so I can only say that yes, it’s as beautiful as it looks in pictures and every time we go we promise ourselves to go back sooner. The vibe is great – a big old American city with history, culture, night life and everything you would expect in a truly world class city. It’s a little cooler than LA and SD but it’s just a whole different animal. You don’t move there for the weather. It’s pricy (but not so much for a house these days!) but it’s really a case of you get what you pay for. You can save money by living elsewhere but then you wouldn’t live in San Francisco.

    One thing about Cali is that everyone dreams of moving there and getting a foothold can be difficult. It’s a very transient state and there’s a definite local vs outsiders vibe that you’ll notice at first. It’s like nowhere else in America in that it has it’s own culture and there’s even a distinct difference between North and South. If you’ve never lived in the States expect culture shock. It’s 90% the same but the 10% that’s different is REALLY different!

    Good luck to you and if you drive between those cities take the coast highway for the most beautiful drive of your life. The I-5 is boring and ugly. You won’t regret it!

  5. the perception divide keeps getting wider of this city from the “haves” vs the “have nots”. Best Place on Earth if you own your home, but absolute torture if you don’t

  6. “the perception divide keeps getting wider of this city from the “haves” vs the “have nots”. Best Place on Earth if you own your home, but absolute torture if you don’t”

    not really true. it’s all about your attitude. unfortunate, too much jealousy and envies blind people that make them become whinners and bitchers.

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