1. Avatar Un po' di pepe
    August 31, 2018 @ 10:10 am

    OMG John I can’t believe you stayed at the Patricia Hotel! You are lucky Marina didn’t abandon you right then and there! I live in Vancouver so I know what I’m talking about. The downtown east side is awful but is a very small part of our beautiful city. The city has bought some single room occupancy hotels but the problem just keeps getting worse because people make their way across Canada and even the US and when they get here there isn’t anywhere else to go and it’s not as cold. I’m glad the rest of your stay was better. I was in Italia until 2 weeks ago and the smoke is now gone. The sky is blue again. Hope your next trip here is less shocking! Ciao, Cristina


    • Avatar Un po' di pepe
      August 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

      I think it used to be a nice hotel 50 or 60 years ago! When I have visitors and we go downtown, I make a point to drive through Gastown and completely avoid that small section of E Hastings St! I’m sure the manager has some very interesting stories! Ciao, Cristina


  2. Avatar Peter Carollo
    August 31, 2018 @ 10:43 am

    Great story and nice AS Roma t-shirt. Nice to see that you visited my province, albeit I live way on the other side, but I do make it to this city every once in a while. I usually get a hotel around the airport in Richmond and then travel by SkyTrain to the downtown area. Great place to catch a Whitecaps soccer game too at BC Place, if you’re every back and have some extra time.


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