Niagara Gazette — But the places to which I would like to return are not all that special. They are places like Peterborough, Ont.; Hamilton, Bermuda; Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands and especially Valencia, Spain and Dakar, Senegal.
The reason being is because the people there treated me so nicely. In Senegal, they are still asking my friends there, “When will the fat, funny one come back?”
When we visit a place, we ought not to go there just to “see” the place, instead, we should go to “be” the people. While in Rome, do as the Romans do. And while the visitor is here, we should give them the opportunity to do as we much nicer Niagaran should do.
Here is what I mean.
I have had visitors from Reunion Island, far into the Indian Ocean, stay at my home; this, after they have travelled to Miami, Orlando, Washington DC and NYC. When I asked my new friends to tell me of which city that they visited in the US they liked best, they said Niagara Falls.
I then asked them why, and they said that because of all of the places to which they had been, I was the only person to personally and wholeheartedly welcome them.
Easy, huh? And I still remember a fellow in Rotterdam, Netherlands who had a few of us in his home for wine and cheese; I remember the dinners that I had in the homes of my friends in Senegal and my many experiences in the Philippines.
Too often we treat our guests like they are in our way — especially our Canadians friends, who pour millions upon millions of dollars into the city and area every year. We complain about them at Tops and at the parking lots on Military Road. We complain about the way that they drive (and they are terrible drivers — but no worse than most of us, when a Canadian cuts us off, we notice the license plate and say, “Darned Canadians,” but we pay no attention to the license plates that say New York, or shout, “Darn New Yorkers” when they cut us off.