at this point manien and i were staying in her parents' part of the house, waiting for our basement to be renovated to a liveable state. so we had a room, and a bathroom which was right off the kitchen. there was a lot of construction material around the backyard. from their second floor place, through a gap between the neighbour's houses, you could see vancouver.
on an unrelated note, it was sunny and (for vancouver) quite warm for about a month after we arrived, and had already been dry for about that long. all the grass got dried out and everything was yellow and blasted.