Before I go on a trip, I do some research (Trip Advisor, Afar, online searches) so I have a sense of what to see and do. That's normal, right? You don't want to go to a place you've never been before and then find out later that THE most marvelous thing was right on the next block and you totally missed it. But I have had wonderful experiences that came to me by accident, by serendipity. So much so, that it makes you go, hmmmm..... how did that happen? What is the Universe trying to tell me?
When I got in that evening, I went online for more information about this event, and found out that it was a weeklong festival, with events occurring throughout the week. One, scheduled for the next night, was this: "... enjoy insights on producing theatre at Historic Joy Kogawa House," with the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.
Of course this resonated with me. Playwriting has been a passion and endeavor of mine since college. I am the opposite of prolific, but I never seem to quit trying. And I am Asian. So yeah, I had to go.
It was exciting to be in the same breathing-listening-talking space as people who are doing such creative, relevant, dynamic work. Did I have a bit of Canada-envy? Yes, but I know that similar things are happening all over my own country, my own state. Did it take going to another country to make me want to be more a part of that creative life in my own world? Definitely reinforced these creative urges I've been having.