So, my favorite part of our trip to Vancouver was the last morning. We went to have breakfast with Barb and her family at their tiny city apartment. Barb is a board member at the Marpole Oakridge Family Place, and was the one who originally invited me to speak. After breakfast she took us outside to see her garden.
Behind her building is a tract of land belonging to Canadian National Railway, but the tracks are long abandoned. So members of the surrounding community have taken over the land and made it an urban oasis, full of strawberries, small trees, vegetables, and flowers. One man loves gardening so much that he took a plot of land and made it into a meditation garden, complete with waterfall and pond, for all the neighbors to enjoy. What a beautiful spot in a beautiful, friendly city! I can't wait to go back.