Day 141 - Indigo (1st person I approached)
May 21, 2014 - Rules are meant to be broken. And every time I do with regard to talking to strangers, it seems to work out. Indigo works at a flower stall. She was working when I asked her if she’d chat with me. Although she wasn't that busy and was reading a book, she was paying attention to what was going on around her.
Indigo is a Vancouverite, born and raised.
“I was born at Burnaby General Hospital, and grew up in East Vancouver. I have one younger sister,” said Indigo.
“My father is from Newfoundland and my mother is Japanese. I’ve lived in the same neighbourhood all my life. Although, when I was in kindergarten, my parents decided we’d go on an epic road trip. We drove down to Mexico in a beat-up old car, and traveled all around for about three months. I think they thought we’d move there, but after three months, we came home. I don’t remember the actual road trip much. I’ve seen a lot of videos from that trip though and I think that’s what I remember the most, the videos I’ve seen,” said Indigo.
Growing up in East Vancouver, Indigo has a core group of friends that she’s known since the age of five.
“I went to a French Immersion school, for elementary and high school. My parents thought it would be a good idea to be able to speak another language. I can read and write French well, but I don’t get much chance to speak it. If I watch a film that’s in French it all comes back to me though,” she said.
Indigo’s parents divorced when she was in elementary school. Her father remarried and she has a half sister now.
“When I finished school, I went to Asia for five weeks. I went with a group of friends from school. There were six of us, three girls and three guys. That included one ‘couple’ which had it’s own unique challenges,” said Indigo.
“We went to Thailand and traveled around. I had to go in and out of Thailand to get the right visa. You get 30 days at a time, so I spilt the trip between Cambodia and Thailand. I spent the last week in Cambodia with my father, while my friends went on to Malaysia. I wish I had more time to travel when I was there. Five weeks went by far too quickly,” she said.
As we spoke, Indigo continued to work and chat with passersby. She works on a flower stall at a busy intersection in downtown Vancouver.
"Sometimes I feel like I’m a tourist guide. I should be handing out maps. I got this job initially when the Christmas Craft Fair was happening. It was an ad online and they asked me to stay on and work the flower stall for the summer. They’re extremely nice people and I like the job. I get to work by myself and talk with all kinds of people,” she tells me.
“As for school and the future, I’ve not decided yet. I’m thinking about school, but I’m only 19. I realized when I was travelling that so many people go to college or university right after school. I’m not sure I know what I want to do. I’m happy to be working while I figure out what that is. If I’m going to go to school, I want to be completely committed to it.”
I asked Indigo if she was dating anyone. She raised her eyebrows and then shaking her head, tells me
“I’m not the ‘have a boyfriend’ type. I’m 19, and going out means probably hitting the clubs on Granville Street (in downtown Vancouver) and that’s not my style. I don’t want to be in a relationship just to be in one. If I were to meet someone and we hit it off, then great. But I’m very independent and like doing my own thing. You can’t really do that with a boyfriend.” #notastranger