‘which means that your personal life happened in exclusive homes?’
‘You got that right. There clearly was a party each night if you were in using the younger, rich, wise set, that I had been, although I didn’t really have hardly any money. They purchased everything and felt pleased to take action. The hospitality had been marvellous. As soon as I knocked regarding the home of this wrong celebration and they invited me personally in anyhow, which was impossible in England.’
He left his residence in Oxford in-may 1952, 21 yrs old, high in loathing for grim, bleak, post-war Britain, and meals rationing particularly. ‘My whole system craved animal meat and I knew there would be numerous animal meat in Canada, ‘ he claims. ‘It has also been the nature of adventure, I suppose. I wanted doing something different, get some experience with the larger globe.’
He sailed from Liverpool (‘ghastly location, never ever been back’) and declined ahead on deck because of the various other individuals for a final examine England. Seven days later they docked at Montreal and he caught the train across Canada, a three-day journey which was ‘unbelievably dreary’ during the long passage through the prairies and ‘spectacular’ as train climbed up and over the Rockies and down into Vancouver, along with its beach-fringed bays and harbour, forested countries and soaring, snowcapped seaside mountains. If there’s a city worldwide with a more beautiful place, neither folks can think where it may be.
Vancouver nowadays has a high-rise skyline and a young, rich, cosmopolitan populace that does significant amounts of kayaking, windsurfing, snowboarding, snowboarding, mountain-biking, searching for cool garments and heading out to eat. It belongs more to
the free, outdoorsy, Pacific Northwest tradition of Seattle and Portland rather than the rest of Canada, also it’s many Asian town in Americas.
A 3rd associated with the person population has roots on the other side of this Pacific, mainly Asia and Asia, and there has already been considerable immigration from united states, Eastern European countries and the Middle East. Walking on the roads, the air tastes fresh, the city seems relaxed and tolerant, public transport is quick, cheap and efficient, and seeking at the faces and body language, one senses that Vancouver tends to make its inhabitants pleased.