Editor´s Note

I wrote this note from aboard the BC Ferries as we sail through Active Pass from Victoria to Vancouver. It is another (!!) glorious sunny day. I must have brought the sunshine with me as weather has been near perfect while I’ve been in Canada and, I hear, pretty wet in Vallarta.
Shortly before I left to come to Canada I found myself online in a Facebook conversation about the little differences that you notice when you return to your home country. Like most of these conversations it started cute and innocently enough but soon erupted into name calling and hurt feelings. (Walk away people, just walk away from the computer.) But it was interesting to note the small things that once were commonplace to give pause now. It’s been a little over a year since the last time I visited Canada (or left Mexico) and I thought I would try to document some of the things that have caused me to go hmmmm. Starting in LA where we had a few hours to kill we went to grab some lunch. Two things stood out for me. First two hamburgers and a drink cost $27usd!
“What!?”, I said to the cashier as my eyes bugged out of my head, “how can that be?”
Turns out, there’s tax on that. And on everything. The price is never what it says it is.
So with burgers in front of us, we salted the fries… And the salt just poured freely. Unencumbered by moisture.
A small but potentially disastrous thing if we hadn’t noticed. Especially considering each fry cost close to a dollar.
In Vancouver the most noticeable difference is ridiculous. There are no Mexicans to be found but plenty of delicious super trendy Mexican restaurants. All competing to be the most authentic. All in all, a delicious ridiculousness.
Also, the cars all only have plates from British Columbia which is of course to be expected but is noticeable because in Puerto Vallarta we have as many cars from other states or the US and Canada as we so from Jalisco.
There are no taxis to be hailed. You have to call them to come get you. Which is difficult without a phone as there are no pay phones or easy to access wifi.
Buses are not frequent and stick to a rigorous schedule which is great unless it’s 25 minutes until the next one and it’s raining.
Probably the most startling difference is the level of wealth we enjoy here, in Vancouver in particular.
My son and I, while waiting unsuccessfully for the bus and then walking to our destination took to counting the number of Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Range Rover, Ferraris and Bentleys we saw. Yes, there were multiple Bentleys.
It’s all been a whirlwind trip. I’m home next week and it can’t come soon enough. Just need to eat another bowl of pho and I’m happy to be on my way.
Enjoy your week in paradise.


  1. Madeline,

    I adore your cheerful and wonderful picture above, but who is your friend making the victory sign to the side of you. Ferries in BC … we have them in San Francisco , and I guess in Mexico also. Actually my wife Loretta and I took the BC Ferries between Vancouver and Victoria back in 1962. I loved all the cold and ice in June and stayed on the outside , however not my wife, she stayed inside and bundled up during the whole trip.

    It is now October, and 2014. Regarding global warming and climate change, how cold was it outside, and the amount of ice in the water. It pays to check out what governments are telling us today about the environment.

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