The BBC reports that the Economist Intelligence Unit reports that the two best places in the world to live are Vancouver and Melbourne. The accompanying picture, featuring former Prime Minister Paul Martin, who’s from Québec, with a dorky-looking Mountie, is pretty lame. But still, thereby hangs a tale.
When I met Lauren, she was living in Germany. Eventually I started trying to persuade her to move to Vancouver. She was tired of Germany but, as a New Zealander whose happiest years had been in Melbourne, she was hankering for Down Under.
Eventually, we came to agreement and she moved to Vancouver, which has made me very happy. But the agreement has a fallback clause: if we ever move from Vancouver, it has to be to Melbourne.
Do those Economist dudes have good taste, or what?