Midnight Blenz Debate
Last night at Blenz, five of us were having a debate about homelessness. Our conversation got so intense that a couple of students put down their books and joined our discussion. It is great to see complete strangers coming together and exchanging ideas on how to make Vancouver a better place to live. In my opinion, I think we should set common goals and start learning from each other.
I learned big lessons in the past six days. And I am sorry for being so ignorant in the past. The homeless deserve more respect than they get. It is my duty as a Vancouver citizen to do my part. I hope that you are willing to do yours as well.
After our debate I tried to sleep in the alley, but I had a hard time falling asleep. It was too cold. the temperature dropped below zero. Shivering cold, I packed up my stuff and head back to Blenz. Even though, we’ve had a relatively mild winter, I still need a better sleeping bag and more clothes to survive in this weather. I guess most people stay at shelters under these conditions.
Tomorrow will be my last night in the Downtown Eastside. Earlier, I mentioned that I was debating whether to sleep in “crack alley” for my last night. After giving it more thought, I do not think that sleeping there would do anything at all. Even homeless people do not sleep there. Instead of doing that, I will be sticking to my original plan – which was sleeping in a shelter. If I had to take the last bed, I will cancel my mission and go home a day earlier than planned.