About Vancouver Neighbourhoods
What I like about Vancouver neighbourhoods is that everyone minds their own business.
What I don’t like about Vancouver neighbourhoods is that everyone minds their own business.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want my neighbours snooping around (I’m from Kazakhstan, an x-Soviet Union country, where the old lady watch happens a lot), but I do want them to be alarmed if there is smoke coming out from my windows (not that kind of smoke, relax, Snoop Dogg).
Canadians consider a smile as a sign of being polite. I recently came across an article, which explained the reasons behind why Russians do not smile a lot – they (well, we) only smile when they (well, we) know and genuinely like the person. There is a say there, “Laugh with no reason is a sign of stupid.” Westerners are so used to the strangers feeling safe and comfortable, which I initially found very odd. Not that I was a grinch, and hated talking to people, but back home we do not normally engage in lengthy conversations with people who we do not know, and have no relation to; so it was really new to me. I think it’s pretty great that you can become best friends with someone after a short bus ride, and, sometimes, it gets borderline with the invasion of personal space and privacy.
Instead of juggling the extremes, I’d rather have a healthy balanced option between the two.