Awww bless the inhabitants of East Hastings!

Awww bless the inhabitants of East Hastings!

IT was actually quite refreshing in a completely annoying way to learn this afternoon that London’s tube network is not the only rail system in the world that comes to a grinding hault every now and then, presenting me with the need for creative transport alternatives.

It was actually quite refreshing in a completely annoying way to learn this afternoon that London’s tube network is not the only rail system in the world that comes to a grinding hault every now and then, presenting me with the need for creative transport alternatives. When the Skytrain simply didn’t show at Broadway station this afternoon, I was forced to test my non-existent knowledge of Vancouver city’s fringe bus network in order to get home.

Although the work-2-home trip which normally takes around 70 minutes took me 2 and a bit hours, I was treated to a trip through Vancouver’s infamous “East Hastings” district. Known as Canada’s poorest neighbourhood country-wide, I was privileged this afternoon to be given a personal bus-based tour of the district by a local resident (possible “hooker”) who happened to get on the bus and find a spare seat next to me.

…’Milly’, was really sweet in educating me about where I can score some crystal meth, where I can find some clean crack dealers etc etc.

Noticing my business attire, “Milly”, was really sweet in educating me about where I can score some crystal meth, where I can find some clean crack dealers etc etc. To be honest I only heard half of what the poor woman was babbling on about. I kind of tuned out when she started communicating her log of “work” for the week thus far – thank God for the invention of the iPod!

I know this is a bizarre post, but I had to get something down on paper – it was just such a surreal journey home!

Spent the rest of the evening on the beach. They’ve already started to set up the barges for the first of the “HSBC Festival of Light” fireworks displays next week. I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully I’ll get some good shots out of it.

 Image credits: Background image by stollerdos (Flickr) & lead image by Drew Brayshaw (Flickr).

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