I haven’t mentioned the b&b we stayed at in Vancouver. The West End Guest House was fascinating. Built in 1906, it’s very central, between the center of the city and Stanley Park; you can walk to Robson Street for shopping and dining. When we were there it was run by a young gay couple, and while I think they were in the process of refurbishing it (my diary suggests not everything was perfect), it now gets 5 stars from TripAdvisor. And the breakfast conversation was amazing. The other guests included a Scottish couple (leaving next morning for Moraine Lake near Banff, where we stayed in 2004), a British couple (eventually planning to go out to Tofino, before visiting a son in Melbourne), a Swiss couple, a Chinese couple, and an Iranian named Ali from Houston, Texas. The Chinese couple didn’t talk very much, although another guest said that the man’s English was better than his Chinese! We were there on the day of the Brexit referendum, and I remember having a long discussion on it with the British woman in the afternoon.
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