Apartment Shopping Tips – how NOT to shop in Ikea.

A bit of a life update: 

So on Monday, Willow and I moved into our apartment (pictured above) in Vancouver after staying out of town waiting for it to become available. Thank god Willow was here as I couldn’t lift a thing!

The sun was beaming down and I felt great, however I was so nervous as well. We’ve been waiting to get into this place for so long that I’d built up this picture of what it would be like. I’d been imagining something that was quite spacious, new and clean. I’d been looking at the floor plans umming and ahhing for months about what kind of sofa we’d get, or the size of the bed etc.

We wanted to get our place kitted out pronto, so we went and spent a day in Ikea in Coquitlam getting the basics for our place on the Friday before our move in date. We were like kids in a sweet shop; it was brilliant. Well, it was at first. After 9 hours it was a bit of a drag.

What we learnt – don’t make the same mistake:

We went round and wrote down every single thing we wanted by name and code to make life easier when ordering at the end. From our pots and pans to knives and forks, vases, we really hit it up it there.

When we reached the ordering station at the end of our maHoosive Ikea journey, the cashier said that they only deliver furniture. kfopdhgjhptzhopjzdgphjpdtbjh!

Baring in mind we needed a delivery as we don’t have a vehicle here, it was going to be very difficult to get everything to our place without one. We had 4 booklets worth of items to order, and only 3 of them were furniture. I kindly asked where it says this and whether this was some ‘general knowledge’ about Ikea I’d missed, the lady said it was in the ‘fine print’ somewhere. Fine print my arse. I was not a happy Peach and mentioned to Willow sarcastically that he needed to make sure that we always read the fine print next time we go shopping…

Just to put the icing on the cake, we went to order our furniture at the end and our card got declined. We’d reached a limit for the day on our Scotiabank Cards which we’d never actually used before The limit was set so low we wouldn’t have even been able to just buy our bed and sofa. So we left Ikea, after 9 hours, with – nothing.

When moving away and ordering from Ikea…

  1. Remember Ikea only delivers furniture so don’t waste half your life in there
  2. Don’t rely on ordering everything on the Ikea website as a lot of things you may see are not available online
  3. Make sure you’ve got enough wriggle room on your card
  4. Don’t rush at buying things. Ikea is great for basics, but I’d not recommend their bed sheets or cushions. You can pick up nicer things along the way 🙂

We’ve managed to do some great exploring this week, so keep ya eyes peeled for a post in the next few days!

Em x

Where to live in Vancouver..? Help Us!

I NEED YOUR HELP VANCOUVERITES! SHOW YOURSELVES!

There’s only so much digging through Craig’s List a Brit gal who’s never been to Vancouver can do!

My boyfriend Willow as mentioned in my first post, was lucky enough to go to Vancouver on a working holiday visa between 2013 – 2014. But me, no – I’m just winging it (with him by my side of course)!

Please, if you find this comment and recommend some places for us, I’d be so grateful! We love socialising, cool bars, pubs, art and design, relaxing.

Our top budget, with some bills is around $1,600. Trust me, we want location over anything and will be fine with a lovely basement suite. My college is in Oakridge and we’re keen to be in or as close to Kitsilano as possible.

We’ve found a few lovely apartments that fit our budget, but really…what’s it like trying to rent in Vancouver?

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STUDENT VISA APPROVED FOR VANCOUVER!

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Sitting at my desk here in Norwich, England, I often feel like a cog in what is a huge machine, sometimes small and churning around.

I think about the day that Willow and I will say good bye to my parents and walk through those gates at the airport to fly to Canada, soar over the mountains and hit that beautiful skyline I’ve only ever seen in the pictures.

On Thursday 25th May 2017 at 4pm, all of our hard work paid off and my study visa was approved.

What feelings I hear you say? Well, that’s a question! A bundle of excitement, nerves, sadness (as I will miss friends and family), happiness, all rolled into one.

All my colleagues hugged me and we celebrated! I have been lucky enough from the start of this journey to have a supportive workplace who have known I wanted to leave the UK from the start.

I packed my bag at the end of the day and headed back to my parents. I cried with relief as I never thought this day would come. I put all the windows down and felt the sun on my face. I put the radio on; it was coincidentally playing Coldplay – Adventure of a Life Time (song at the bottom of this post).

When I got home, Willow was sitting in the garden cuddling our family dog, Ben. I knelt down beside him and we hugged, I asked how his day was and I said;

‘Guess What’

‘What?’ he said.

‘It got approved’

‘Seriously – we are going!’

My Mum and Step Dad have not liked the thought of all of this at first, and were devastated that I wanted to move away. My Mum had me young and my Step Dad has been my true Father figure, however they let us live with them to save and supported us. My Mum cried at the thought of us leaving when it was approved, but I hope she understands its truly what I want.

The last two years of saving and planning paid off, and we enjoyed a glass of wine in the garden to celebrate.