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Been living in Portland since 2007, and I'd only technically been in Vancouver once, when Brooke and I rode our bikes to the other side of the bridge. Today was my second time over there. The woman who runs the pagan meetups I go to also runs one in Vancouver at this bar called Irishtown, because she knows the owner and his son. Well, I'd never been to one of the Vancouver meetups because while I can take public transit there, I can't take it back. And now that I've been there, I know that biking is out of the question.

I went to the one tonight because Sorcha (the lady who runs the meetups, and is a Facebook friend) has a friend in a pagan band called Widdershins. She even wrote the lyrics to one of their songs! It was rock-ish music with electric guitar, a banjo, a flute, and I think there was another guitar. They played some original music, and some cover songs. I was able to go at all because Sorcha offered to give me a ride home if I could get myself there (since picking me up would make her rather late, and she didn't know how to get here anyway). Since getting there was never the problem, I took the C-Tran bus to the place.

It's a good thing I had money on me, because I forgot about needing different fare until the bus pulled up. Which, interestingly... the driver apparently accepts Trimet fare to get to the transit center in Vancouver which is the stop right after the one where we got on, but more fare is needed for a transfer. Since I had to take the 37 as well as the 65, I paid for a transfer.

I was worried I was going the wrong direction at first, on the 37, until we got to one of the correct roads (Mill something). Then we got to the stop I needed, and boy, that would have been one hell of a bike ride. And also cool, the pub was visible from the bus stop, so I didn't have to look at all the building numbers to figure out which way to go.

That pub sure is a lot different atmosphere from the Chinese restaurant the other meetups are at. Noisier. Anyway, I got there 5 minutes earlier but there was already around 16 people there for the pagan meetup group already. Apparently, this was a really big one, as the Vancouver meetups tend to be like the ones I go to in Portland, meaning there's usually only 6 to 12 people total. But tonight, it started with at least 13 people and more just kept coming. I think our group took up 8 or more tables!

They had quite a variety of foods there. I tried one of the traditional Irish meals; I had the shepherd's pie. Also had a pot of coffee. The shepherd's pie was yummy!

Man, it was hard to talk or listen there. But I did try, especially during the quiet times. And I found out about a new Harry Dresden book due out in April, from something one of the people there said.

That's all for now.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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