Being back in a big city

I can feel the difference.


It’s already 2 nights I spent in Vancouver. 2 days mostly walking through the streets. Walking through the streets to see what’s going on. To see what there is to see. Trying to get a feeling for the city. Trying to get a picture of it.


Vancouver is an interesting city. A modern and kind of beautiful one. Directly at the ocean and surrounded by mountains. I imagine it’s a good city to live in. Even I won’t want to live here. I mean it’s a nice city but somehow I don’t like it so much. There is no spirit here if you know what I mean. It’s like the city doesn’t know what it wants to or should be.


For me, it’s always interesting if you go to a completely different environment. Like from a small island to a big city. You are much more sensitive to things you might miss otherwise. Sure, you will likely notice a lot the differences.


On Savary Island, there were just a few people. In Vancouver, there are some more. The infrastructures and stuff like that are completely different, too. No surprise.


Moreover, the feeling for the places is completely different. Life feels different. I instantly noticed the people are much more anonymous. Everything is much more anonymous. 


I consider Vancouver a relatively quiet city compared to other big cities. However, you can feel the omnipresent feeling of stress. There is stuff to do. Always. There is this feeling of dissatisfaction. Of not being, having or doing enough. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe not.


Saying this doesn’t mean I feel it myself. This is not what I’m talking about. It’s more the atmosphere I’m talking about. I don’t think this has much to do with Vancouver itself. You will experience this in every big city — or just living the western lifestyle?


Anyway, I’m still enjoying my time here. I don’t want to say I don’t like big cities anymore. Indeed, I still prefer nature more. 


I never saw a place where there is the ocean, mountains, a modern city and even a little forest. It’s always fascinating how differently people live in big cities. Your environment has such a big impact on you and your life. So choose wisely where you spend your time.