I’m sitting here looking at the Wikivotyage article on Niagara Falls… I have not been since the 90s. I miss those hopeful times, when nothing but a smile and a US plate on your car got you across the border. I remember getting change when I used my allowance money to buy a tiny flag and being amazed at the colors. (This was when canada had paper bills for 1s/2s). I remember asking why those ninjas don’t take off their robes, and a tour guide patiently saying they were visitors from Saudi Arabia, a country that is Muslim, and their women wear those things like a nun wears a habit.
I’ve been back to Canada since then. Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa. And it’s always been pleasant. And maybe part of it is I was an Adult. On Business Trips and Conferences.
But even though everyone I’ve met has always been neighborly, I feel like post 9/11 we’ve lost some innocence. Some magic.
I miss 90s Niagara, and thought I’d make a topic about it because weirdly, Boing Boing is the only place I get that same neighborly feeling.