One week ago I moved to my new home in Surrey, British Columbia…a train ride away from the infamous Vancouver. It has been exciting figuring out how to use the public transportation and find the cheapest groceries. Although I am loving it here so far, I can truly say it has been one of the strangest weeks I have had in a long time:
- During the second night in my new apartment I heard someone banging at the door. I woke from a deep sleep with my heart racing and ran to the door. Looking out of the peep hole I saw two police officers banging vigorously on a door down the hall. Knowing that it was not my place to be a snoop, I simply double checked my door was locked and waited for my heart to stop pounding before I fell asleep once again.
- I have a wonderful patio neighbor named Chris. He has been such a blessing this past week: letting me borrow his can-opener, warning me of the rain coming, and lending me candles (I’ll explain why later). Our patios are the largest in our high rise building as we are directly over the entrance. I LOVE this part of my apartment but I soon learned the negative side of this luxury. One night I was enjoying watching the sunset when Chris leaned over our divider to talk about his day. As we were talking, something nearly hit Chris’ head and plopped on his patio. I looked up to find a neighbor 10 stories up ducking their head out of sight. When I looked back down, there was a giant ravioli splattered on the ground! I guess I need to take caution while enjoying the extra space on my patio.
Sunset view from the patio.
- On day 5 the internet guy came. Although I enjoyed rest from internet, I was very happy to have it at my fingertips once again. While he was setting everything up, I was distracted by the windstorm outside. There were objects flying off of peoples patios…including a giant stuffed animal that went rolling across the street! People were attempting to walk up the street as their belongings were blowing behind them. Several people stopped momentarily behind trees to get a rest from the wind. Long story short, in the middle of getting internet, all the power went out. Come to find out, 200,000+ people around British Columbia also lost power! Thanks to my next door neighbor I had some candles for light.
- 3 days later and my apartment building still has no power. Yesterday I enjoyed a cold shower and was reminded of Nepal. Last night I went to a coffee shop to charge my phone. When I returned, there were about 7 people standing outside of our apartment building. No one could get in or out of the building because the locks on our doors use power! After nearly two hours, the fire department managed to open the front doors and only the residents living on crossover halls could make it to their apartments. Thank You Lord, I live on a crossover hall. I offered my new friends granola bars or water if they wanted some…they just laughed and said they’d be fine. Hey, at least I met some more people in the building, right?
- I know it can be rainy here in BC but I’m curious to see how windy it stays. Today I walked to the library (yes, school hasn’t started yet and I’m already in the library. Nerd.) and nearly got blown away! For a second I thought I was going to reenact Mary Poppins when she floats by her umbrella.
Anyways, welcome to British Columbia eh?
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may about in hope.”-Romans 15:13