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A short visit to East Hastings in VAN and Ohm House

We had two nights in Vancouver to explore and do all the errands I've waited to do in a big city. There were six natural food stores I planned to drop off wholesale samples at, and Roosmarijn was happy to come along and knit at a cafe near by. When my friend Bradwood texted that we could stay at his place but he lived on East Hastings, I was a bit apprehensive, but we were running out of options. With an empty van we comfortably fit with Roos on her sleeping mat on the floor and me on the foamie bed, but couldn't sleep in the van full of my wares. He told us to park a few blocks away- with reason. His two hundred square foot art studio was set in the heart of East Hastings, where the homeles

Vancouver Folk Festival 2016

Dutch helper Roos (Rose), James, me, Jade A rush of nostalgia fell over me at Vancouver Folk Festival. I haven't spent much time in Vancouver, and was relieved to recognize the coffee shops and grocery stores, and where to park my van overnight. I remembered how nervous I was the previous year when I set up at my first large festival. Thirty thousand people attend Vancouver Folk Fest each year, and a large portion of that wander through to the Folk Festival Bazaar outside the gates. I prefer being on the outside. The folks who come for the bazaar and to catch the music from outside the gate on the beach. I felt better situated with the flow of foot traffic this year, facing the fence that su

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