Lima Al-Azzeh

About the Author

Photo by David RothThis blog is a firsthand look at Vancouver’s cultural landscape from one not-so-foreign foreigner’s point of view.

I’ve been in and out of Vancouver since I was 5 years old. My aunt migrated over first after purchasing a one way ticket from Kuwait to Vancouver. She never looked back.

My grandparents and youngest aunt followed almost 15 years later owing to the calamity that was the Gulf War.

And so it began, my mum, sister, father and I visited faithfully, spending our entire summer vacations in Vancouver.Photo by David Roth During those summers, I experienced countless events that would inevitably form some of my most significant memories; and saw many things that contributed to my becoming a more cultured young adult. I saw my first gay couple embracing, I learned what a prostitute actually did for a living and witnessed them hustling on Seymour street late into the early morning. I touched snow for the first time. I got lost and separated from my mother in Granville Island and had a kind policeman escort me to safety.

I was 11 years old when we finally moved to Vancouver. We hadn’t anticipated making the move so early in life, but certain extreme circumstances beyond our control caused us to make an early departure. I am now 25 years old and realizing every day that no matter where travel, work, or other life events may Photo by David Rothtake me, I’ll always return here with a sigh of relief. For the first time I feel like I’m a part of something permanent. This growing community is offering me every satisfaction in the way of art, culture, food, friendship, family and more. This blog is my account of my city. If you’re inclined, I’d love to hear your account of yours.

  1. Hi darling, what a great blog.. Did not know that you started this.. Correction in your story.. I did not immigrate to Canada via the US.. I came directly from Kuwait.. I bought a one way ticket from Kuwait to Vancouver (even thought it was more expensive) because I did not want to have room for doubt and no back door open to return if the going gets tough….
    it worked..
    I became a proud Canadian 2 years later and the saga continues..and you followed..
    Yes, Vancouver is home and will always be..
    enjoyed your blog…
    love you
    the auntie,

  2. Thanks for getting my facts straight 😉 Glad you never looked back – moving forward is all that counts.

  3. Lima, so great to see you on the social media scene post UBC SMF!

    • Hey! Thanks for catching up with me here 🙂 Great to see you out there too! A great class to spark the fire under the ol’ bottom. Good luck to you! See you around the SM bend.

  4. Your story would make a great book. Great blog. I am so impressed by all the new blogs I have come across due to the 3-Day Novel Contest. Hope your entry does well.

    • Congratulations on finishing! You provided quite the motivation via twitter and I thank you sincerely for that. I just read your thoughts on the end of the marathon – it feels kind of like you’re emerging after when you finally go to work and see your friends and family doesn’t it? I’ve loaded my week with work and friends to make up for lost weekend, although I’m slightly haggard. Will be posting soon about my reflections so stay tuned!

  5. So proud of you my niece. Yes, never look back. Always face the future with open heart and mind. Accept all the opportunities, and challenge the best. Keep on going. Reach the sky.
    Love always,
    the youngest aunti

  6. So proud of you Lima! This is just amazing… so amazing, that I have no idea what to say. Keep going on, and I know that you will succeed in every way possible!
    Lots of Love,
    Leen (little cousin ;))

  7. Hi Lima, thanks for your great blog. I really can appreciate your expressions of your connection to your city. I am quite envious of this. I am currently living in Calgary, but for the last three or four years I have been dead set on moving to Vancouver. I lot of times to be honest I am held back by this fear of how expensive Van is. Currently I am preparing to write the UFE to complete my CA in September. Its a stressful process and I am looking at its completion as my ticket into Vancouver. I have been browsing lots of the other Van based blogs because I find that they motivate me to stay focused and positive on the last bit of my program, and I say to myself “if I can just complete this UFE I can finally get over there”. so in a real way, your blog and others have been giving me a big lift lately! I am really wanting to make the move and be part of a community like the one you seem to be a part of. To me I dont quite feel there is a similar level of energy in a place like Calgary, thanks again, its a great blog! 🙂

    • Hey Brandon,
      Can’t tell you how much your comments mean to me! I’m glad this blog has inspired you and hopefully you’ll be walking the streets of Vancouver as a resident in the near future 🙂 It really is a great city.

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