Monday, February 22, 2010
Vancouver and the Canadians
"What a beautiful country and what wonderful, friendly people," I thought, "Some day, I'll live there."
Some day never came. In spite of all the places I have lived, I never lived in Canada. I still love it though. I think the people are welcoming, love visitors and, most of all, are just plain nice. The parts of the country I've seen are breathtaking: scenic, uncrowded and filled with promise. They have national health care. They have great fishing. Their lakes are a color I cannot describe. Their salmon are huge. The mountains rock! Their national parks are to die for.
There are only 9 Canadians per square mile yet they produced 206 Winter Olympic contenders. The U.S. has 84 citizens per square mile and produced 216 Winter Olympians. Contrast this with tiny Monaco which has 42,143 persons per square mile but only produced 1 Winter Olympian. Density of persons does not necessarily guarantee talent.
Living on the East Coast, we have visited Montreal and it too is wonderful. We've discussed living there. It's a gorgeous city, very French, very cosmopolitan with some of the most beautiful women I've seen outside of L.A. My husband was getting a whiplash from turning his head so quickly as they'd pass us walking. We still want to visit the Eastern Provinces, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, P.E.I., New Brunswick. I only hear accolades for them all.
For now, I'm content to enjoy the rest of the Olympics and watch the beautiful scenery they televise. My close friend just texted me with a photo of the ski jump. She's in Vancouver, now, for the first time, at the Olympics.
I asked what she likes best and she said "It's beautiful and the people are great." What fun!