We’ve been a few days in this Canadian city…
Beautiful Victoria in British Columbia on the largest island off the coast of North America. Vancouver Island. It’s my first time to the island, but I’ve traveled a lot in the remainder of the province between the Lower 48 and Alaska, enjoying traversing the Canadian Rockies.
Just about everything you need is within a 20 block radius, or so they say. But when you are not operating at peak performance, then it may as well be across the country. Yes. There is mass transit and other conveyances, but this is the first trip of this kind without my truck and it feels like I’m limited. This only makes us stay close to our stop as we recoup our strength. You know R&R.
About six blocks away we find a small, well stocked grocery store and without a car it basically means you get only what you can comfortably carry. Since our stopping place has a kitchen, we pick up a few things we can prepare easily without stocking up for things we would normally use at home. Running fever, those 10 blocks back to our stopping place seemed like a hundred miles!
Along with that, it’s noisy! No A/C means you keep windows open and fans pulling in fresh air. This is okay, except for the big rigs, loud motorcycles, voices, seaplanes, helicopters, seagulls, sirens – all just a few feet outside our windows. We’re on the fourth floor but it seems like we are curbside to a very busy street.
And, everything is more expensive. Why? Rents are high. Taxes. Salaries. Insurance. You name it. As you spend your own hard earned dollars for something as simple as a burger, you are paying for the existence of such a business, along with their profit margin. And, since the city existence is more expensive you pay a higher premium for services. Of course, the obverse is equally true. The more remote you are, the higher the costs. Somewhere between city and remote must exist a happy medium. Once it becomes a tourist destination, however, then it becomes one of those expensive places to spend time.
Then, take into account of the exchange rate. Today, roughly, every 75 cents of the US dollar equals 1 Canadian dollar. Good for us right now. But I’ve been here when the reverse was true. So, that $13 hamburger actually cost $9.80 in US dollars. But when it is reversed, that same burger would cost nearly $17. But then, you find this process to be true anytime you travel out of the country. The best way to handle the situation is to pay with a credit card and the bank will do the conversion for you at the time of processing.
From our tiny deck it’s fun watching other tourist flood the docks when the buses drop them off, and it’s beautiful to watch the dock from early light slowly awaken to another day. All and all, a great experience and a great time to unwind and recoil for another day.
My Scripture for this photo?
To whom He said,
“This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,”
And, “This is the refreshing”;
Yet they would not hear. (Isaiah 28:12 NKJV)
Take your R&R serious.