Published: June 13th 2012June 13th 2012
tea and a book
arrived in Vancouver, found the local used bookstore, asked where a good coffee shop was and posted up to read for a bit.
Vancouver has kidnapped me and I'm totally okay with it. I've been here about a week and a half and everyday has been full of Vancouver culture. I've uploaded a lot of pictures and even some video to add to the story.
In short, I have spent time with incredible people and have had tons of variety with each person I've stayed with. From crashing with Taylor (a dear friends brother who is getting his PhD from UBC), to staying with Katie (a client from North Point and classical musician), and then moving to Rup's house (Katie's co-worker who I met at their closing concert and again at the staff party). All houses in different neighborhoods with different experiences to absorb. First was the Kitsilano district, a beach town with a beachside community pool, a gorgeous walkway along the water, and yummy upscale cafe's and restaurants. Then, to Katie's apartment complex with delicious California edibles stocked in the kitchen and lots of homecooked meals, a jacuzzi bathtub, and Katie, one of the best tour guides a lady could hope for. Finally, Rupinder's house off Commercial Drive aka The Drive, which is likened to the Haight in San Francisco.
MacLeod's Bookstore. One of the BEST used bookstores I've found. Downtown Vancouver, aisles of piled books. Walked out with three new books to read.. and a recommendation for good food and coffee. (pays to know the secrets of how to find the local spots :)
had a fair bit of solo time as well as friend time with Taylor, Katie, Rup, Tarun and Alexandra. I spent an afternoon in the public library reading a book I'd been looking for for months and finished it, experienced the Vancouver spiritual scene in a group meditation, walked the Stanley park Seawall taking in Vancouver's natural beauty, and attended various different events throughout the rest of the week.
Katie invited me one night to the end of the year concert put on by the kids she teaches at SoM (school of music). Kids between middle school and high school learn all sorts of different music and then put on a concert for parents, friends, and teachers. This school was started by the Vancouver native Sarah McLachlan and man there is some serious talent there. Then, the next night we returned to the school for her staff party where Sarah McLachlan attended and spoke as we ate and drank. Meanwhile, in Vancouver the Bhangra Festival was in full swing, so after the staff party we headed downtown to dance. Out dancing I met Tarun, Rup's friend and fellow musician whose band I saw at the hot springs in Ashland,
Oregon. Talk about a small world. I spent the next three days with them attending their gigs and seeing a whole other side to Vancouver. They played on Vancouver island for a student rally in support of Montreal protests. As well as at UBC's Farm fundraiser to support the farm on the UBC campus. The Mayor, his wife, as well as top chef's from all over Vancouver attended and prepared delicious food for attendee's to enjoy. From there we went to the Italian Festival on Commercial Drive where we saw a grape crushing contest with men and women, did a little salsa dancing, and ate ice cream sandwiches. Rup and I left the Italian fest and headed downtown where he was the Master of Ceremonies for the 19th annual Vancouver International Storytelling Festival for the closing ceremony. For two hours I listened to stories of life and native culture, ate more delicious food, and then heard some Q&A with the storytellers. It was a full weekend that left me filled with gratitude, good food, and lots of dancing. In all honesty, I cannot even believe my good fortune and life. Experiences just continue to come and I roll with it
in crime amongst the whites
Later today I'm taking the ferry back to Vancouver island where I'm staying with a couple from couchsurfing on their 27' sail boat in the Victoria harbour. From there we will see where I end up. Maybe on the islands. Maybe in the Olympics. But definitely back in Seattle on June 23rd to meet my mom and aunt for more Seattle and Vancouver adventures.
Talk to you soon,
There are more photos below