Asia shows us around Vancouver – On the go with EF #111
Hi guys! My name is Asia.
This is my first episode of “On the go with EF”. This is my hometown, Vancouver, and
I’m so excited to be showing you guys around. You know, there aren’t a lot of places
where you can surf, ski, go to the beach, and eat good food all in one day. That’s why Vancouver is so special –
because you can do all of that. In 2010, we had a really successful Olympic Games and, after that, Vancouver was considered
to be one of the most liveable cities on earth. It’s really cool how,
even though it’s just morning, there are so many people
around and so many cars, but a lot of people do work here,
so it’s understandable. We also have a really great mall here.
It’s called Pacific Centre. You can find a lot of designer pieces there. Oh, there’s a cute dog. It’s really nice that we have our downtown here,
but we also have the harbour over in the front. The contrast between the buildings over here
and all the boats on the side makes downtown Vancouver really nice. Our transportation system here
in Vancouver is quite nice. We have the SkyTrain, the busses, and the ferries.
Behind me is the SkyTrain station. It may look like a subway,
but it’s actually a SkyTrain because it goes down, and then it goes back up.
It’s kind of both a subway and a SkyTrain There are so many different types
of cuisine here in Vancouver, but one of my favourites is Japanese, and the restaurant we’re
going to is one of my favourites. Let’s check it out. Vancouver has a lot of
different types of food to try, but one of the best food
options here is definitely sushi. We have a river called the Fraser River
and that’s where all the salmon live. And because there’s so much salmon here,
it’s very fresh and it’s really good. It’s definitely one of the things
that you have to try when you are here. Look how amazing this food is.
It looks so great. Over here we have the aburi oshi sushi.
Aburi means that it’s seared on the top. Oshi means it’s pressed together. Over here we have a platter of
nigiri sushi as well as some rolls. We have some sashimi here.
There’s some salmon, tuna, scallops … This is Chirashi sashimi tart. There’s some salmon layered with some rice,
some avocado and other sauces as well. Let’s try a piece of the oshi. This is already very well-seasoned,
so you don’t have to dip it in any soy sauce. Mmmmmm. It’s super creamy.
There’s a slice of jalapeno on top and, in between, there’s some salmon
and some rice. It’s really good. Here we are in Gastown,
the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver. It was founded by a guy called Gassy Jack in 1867
and there are a lot of really cool places here. Some of them are clothing stores,
some are really cute cafés. A lot of students and local people
like to come here and hang out. There’s a lot to do here and
it’s a nice place to walk around in. One of my favourite things about
Gastown is how rustic it is. I love how the ground is just red bricks and
there are all these really cool looking buildings. A lot of fashionistas like to
come here and shop as well. Here’s the famous Steam Clock. As the name suggests, it runs by steam, which you
can even see coming out of the top over there. A lot of tourists like to come
here to take pictures of it. There’s also a tune that comes
every couple of minutes or so. It’s really cool and has a lot of history behind it. It’s actually dedicated to the citizens
of Vancouver, which is really cool, by the city of Gastown. Vancouver is such a great place to walk around in because all the neighbourhoods
are so close together. For example, Gastown is very close
to downtown as well as Chinatown. There are some really cool buildings up top.
Over there we have the Gassy Jack statue. You can’t really see it right now
because there’s a tree, but we’ll go closer. So, here we are at the Gassy Jack statue.
He was the founding father of Gastown. His real name was John Deighton
and he was born in England. He was best known as an inventor,
riverboat pilot and captain. He was also really known for his gassy
monologues and represents Gastown very well. Here we are at the Olympic Cauldron. It’s very symbolic of the 2010 Olympic Games
held here in Vancouver. Back then it was lit up with fire and that flame
represented friendship, love and respect. I personally think it is really cool
because it has a really nice design. I remember, when I was younger,
I saw the athletes holding the torch of fire and running and running,
and this was the final destination. They had a ladder and lit the
whole thing on fire. It was really cool. Since EF is the official language training services
partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, we have a special prize for you. Comment down below on which
sport you like to watch the most and you’ll get the chance to win
these five awesome Olympic pins. They’re really special because they’re
collector’s items, so comment! And don’t forget to watch the next episode when Angelina and I go to the
Capilano Suspension Bridge. Bye, guys!