Jon Crispin's Notebook

Pia and Flying Angel Seafarers Club

Posted in Buildings, Cities, Friends, History, People, Ships, Travel by joncrispin on 16/04/2012

I spent a fantastic couple of hours with Pia Massie walking around the completely non-touristy parts of Vancouver.  We started in Gastown and went to the area that is mostly inhabited by addicts and street people.  She really knows her way around and it was fascinating.  Her latest work is a documentary about Canadians of Japanese descent who were forcibly moved from the area just after Pearl Harbor.   Everything was taken from them and they and have never returned as a community.  There are still remnants of their lives if you know where to look, as in the name underneath a doormat at the entrance to this building.

We ended up at the Flying Angel Seafarers Club, which is as close as one can get to the port without encountering pretty heavy security.  Unless you knew it was here, you might never find it.  An amazingly beautiful building and since there was a sign on the front that said open, we went in.  A volunteer named Frank gave us the grand tour and we learned a ton.  Here is a link.  I was especially taken by this book which is in a glass case at the front of the building.

Here is a description of its purpose.

Very touching. /  We fly home tomorrow.  Thanks Pia for the tour.  It was great fun.

Stanley Park

Posted in Bridges, Landscape, Nature, People, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 16/04/2012

It is grey and cool here today but the past three days have been sunny and pleasant.  I’m just as happy with the grey as with the sun.  Yesterday we walked around the perimeter of Stanley Park.  The water in English Bay was clear and calm and loads of people were out enjoying the day.

Vancouver reminds me of San Francisco with all the water and bridges. / This morning I am going to meet up with Pia Massie whom I met through Kickstarter.  Check out her project here.  It is really interesting.  She lives here and will give me a quick tour of the waterfront.

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