The field trip was one of the main reasons I chose to come to the University of Leicester, due to it being compulsory the flights and accommodation was paid for meaning we only had to cover costs of food (and for me…shopping).
I was extremely stressed before going and was worried I was going to hate it but we had so much free time to explore the city and soak up so much knowledge, not just of geography but of the world.
The first day we explored Stanley Park and saw not only a skunk but also two bald eagles. Then we headed out to Gas Town to look at the Steam Clock and collect an item for our presentation, we then had the evening free so we all decided to order pizza and have an early night.
The second day we went to the University of British Columbia which was built on indigenous unceded territory, and we learnt about indigenous cultures and their histories including residential schools. It was eye opening to speak first hand to people who had indigenous heritage and ask questions about their feelings and experiences.
The third day we went to the DownTown East Side to study displacement, and it was a very emotional experience. We experienced lots of homelessness and also active drug use, but at no point did we feel unsafe or unwelcome and this was very comforting and also eyeopening.
The fourth day we went to Burnaby to conduct our interviews, and sat in a community meeting to discuss our own experiences with the housing market. It was really nice to get out as a geographer and actively research one of the theories you have studied in lecture theatres.
The final day we went to Grouse Mountain and saw the Grizzly bears as we had lots of free time, this was amazing and I cried at the top due to how beautiful the whole trip had been. I can honestly say that field trip was one of the most memorable experiences I will have in whole life.