East meets west
A column by Stina O
Born in Ontario, inhabited Newfoundland, planting roots in BC: A Resident of Canada. Exploring Vancouver, and beyond, with curiosity, humour and compassion. Sharing her take of the world with her transnational lens, Stina is East meets West.
Beginning the journey
"How is it that my area code ISN’T 416? Lest we forget the impressionable year which I successfully survived a stint on the Rock (Newfoundland, not Dwayne Johnson), eliciting the quizzical response “You’ve lived on both coasts of Canada?” Did I neglect to mention that I’m presently perched facing the stoic mountains of Vancouver, a stone’s throw from the Pacific, hundreds of kilometers from Drake’s hometown and even further from the salty and brisk Atlantic, full of its secret and chilly wonder?"
Stina is back and for her first column of 2019 she finishes her Summer of Festivals Series with SKOOKUM Part 1.
In 2018’s last East Meets West, Stina tells us she is sitting out the Christmas season this year but tells us of Christmases past.
Stina takes us on a tour of her neighbourhood, Commercial Drive in the latest East Meets West!
We last left our heroine at Blessed Coast, wandering and dancing and nude photo-shooting… what does Stina get up to in the conclusion of this summer of festivals series?
Stina continues her “Summer of Festivals” series and shares her experiences at the 2018 Blessed Coast festival. (Part 1 of 2)
Stina’s birthday is approach and she has been reflecting on how she has spent birthdays past while also focusing on the future.
East Meets West is back! Stina details her long and arduous journey in finding a new home in a Vancouver where the vacancy rate is low.
We kick off The Racket’s All Hallows’ Week with a special Halloween edition of East Meets West! Stina shares some spooky stories about Halloweens gone by in Ontario, Newfoundland and British Columbia! (Thumbnail image borrowed from anostalgichalloween).
For this week’s East Meets West, Stina continues her “Summer of Festivals” series and shares her experiences at the 2018 Bass Coast Music And Arts Festival. (Part 2 of 2)
For this week’s East Meets West, Stina begins her “Summer of Festivals” series and shares her experiences at the 2018 Bass Coast Music And Arts Festival. (Part 1 of 2)
East meets West meets Shavasana! We dare you to read Stina’s ode to the practice of yoga in downward dog!
Stina details the warmth and kindness she received when she first came to Newfoundland in East Meets West: “When trusting a stranger your trust will be returned”.
In the latest East Meets West, Stina swims in the Atlantic, and then bares all to the Pacific.
In the second installment of East Meets West, read about Stina’s journey off The Rock and the emotions involved with driving halfway across the country after a break-up all while keeping her sights set west.
The first in our special column East Meet West, we are introduced to Stina, who has strong ties to Toronto, lived in Newfoundland and now resides in Vancouver.