I was born and raised in Vancouver, but I moved away in 1993 because I could not afford a house. I live on Vancouver Island and have my cottage by the sea now, so it worked out for me.
This week I came to Vancouver for a meeting and stayed downtown for three days.
In my smallish town, when you walk by someone you give them a smile and they give you one back. It was an odd change for me when I moved here, but I adapted.
When I was in Vancouver, I smiled at everyone as I was passing them and guess what.... they smiled back. There were a few hold outs, but honestly 90% smiled back at me. My one proviso, is that the people who walked down the street looking at their phone did not look at me, forget about smiling.
I also saw that when I was busing it around town, people would say thank you to the driver as they left the back door of the bus.
So my question is, are all of the people complaining that Vancouver is a cold town the ones staring at their phones?
If you are one of those people who think Vancouver is a cold place, try giving everyone you pass a smile, the response may change your mind.
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