I first met Sandra in May in a meeting to discuss the Cuba documentary series. Sandra is from Havana and has been living in Vancouver for four years. Among other things, she is a film maker and a writer.
We met for breakfast at Caper’s on Robson Street, downtown. She told me all about life in Cuba and I told her about my experiences in Bucharest. After an hour of talking we decided to do some filming.
She hung out with me as we wandered about downtown Vancouver shooting in various locations for Urban Future. After that, we had lunch at a place called ‘Havana’s’ on Commercial Drive. It was a Cuban themed restaurant that had almost nothing Cuban about it, except for the writing on the walls. The sun was beating us up at bit, so we decided to go to Wreck Beach.
Wreck Beach has a bit of a Vama Veche vibe to it, except it closes at night and there is very little commercial activity going on. There was a women dancing on a large rock, dressed as an angel. There was a naked man selling beer from a cooler he wore on his back. We found a spot next to a large log, opened up a couple of Carlsbergs and just chilled out. We decided to go as the sun began to drop out of the sky.
I still had the two free movie passes left over from my Jazzy/Daddy date so we went to see ’50 Dead Men Walking’ at 5th Ave Cinema. A great fucking film!
It was a day full of serendipity. There was no plan, we just kind of meandered from one perfect moment to the next.