A Parisienne attempts a Vancouver makeover

Freshly disembarked from her native France on a winter morning (it’s all of 3°C out), the Parisienne, her ankles swollen with pride upon stepping out onto the soil of the new continent (or was it perhaps poor blood circulation due to the trip), changes her shoes. Indeed, as soon as she leaves the airport she…

Towards a progressive-green majority in B.C.

The month of May has been one of the strangest interregnums in the history of a province that has had its share of idiosyncratic and, well, wacky politics. Election night left everybody hanging, and the recounts and absentee ballots – which were only tabulated two weeks later – only narrowed the margin of the closest…

Gems in the heart of Hanoi

I am here in Hanoi, Vietnam for three months and I am thrilled to re-explore the beauty of the city where I was born and raised. Looking around at the densely populated houses and the people, I know hidden gems will be found and fun will be had. As my friend and I walk down…

A dalliance with time

The two-metre sculpture, Dance of Time I, by Spanish artist Salvador Dali is on display at Hastings and Hornby Streets from May to September 2017. The sculpture’s installation was made possible by the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery at 549 Howe St. to help commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary and perhaps encourage the public to reflect on Canada’s…

Exploring cultures within a culture

During a long flight I opened my eyes and peeked out of the airplane window. There it was, a green stretch of mountainous land, surrounded by sea and arctic, seemingly wild and pure. I was on my way to Vancouver, the city where people talk in elevators, where yoga pants are for everyday use and…

Dream or reality

Sept. 27, 2014 found me on a plane, my heart palpitating with fear. The unknown was what terrified me most. In my backpack I had a sleeping mask, a pen, my diary and very precious memories. “This journey will unsettle me forever. I am not ready,” I wrote. I was on my way from Egypt…

It’s lonely being heritage!

And dangerous! Not only are you becoming more surrounded by towers than by other older houses – eventually you are demolished to make room for new towers, or in a more single home neighbourhood, torn down to be replaced by a modern “monster house.” The house pictured here, was originally located at 1754 Pendrell St.…

From digital to reality: a Vancouver adventure

Having lived in Vietnam all my life, I decided to take a journey beyond and explore the vast cultures Vancouver has to offer. Indeed, the city accommodates a safe place for people from many backgrounds: from adopting multiple languages on public signs to helping people of different nationalities, to establishing the freedom of exercising various…

It’s time for regime change in B.C.

Call it the 16-year itch. Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are looking more and more like a government that has worn out its welcome. This was bound to happen at some point, even to a party like the Liberals who enjoy the overwhelming support of the province’s business and media establishment. Sometimes the grudges…

Pop-up Park

Many people are probably familiar with the concept of pop-up stores. They are temporary stores in various settings: warehouses, street venues, markets, convention centres, department stores. They can market anything: clothing, beauty products, furniture, food. They provide the seller with a temporary space that can be affordable in order to promote a product and have…

Different, just like everyone else

I left my native France at the age of 18. Italy, England and then Thailand became my new homes. Every step was a breath of fresh air, a culture to adopt, a language to learn and each time I had that feeling of freedom where I could be who I wanted because I was different,…