I cant remember if we stayed another night in Vancouver but I remember the wet weather. I love looking out of my hotel room window to enjoy the scene below !
The scene from my Vancouver hotelroom.
Soon we were ready to leave for Kumloop. I have never even heard of the name of this town in my whole life let alone knew anything about it. But we were supposed to visit the Cariboo University College as our College was going to run a joint Business programme and we were ironing out certain detail. We were also going to look at their distance learning system as Canada is so wide that some of their smaller towns had to rely on this form of education.
Talking to the lecturers of this University, there are certain concept which I can never never grasp. For example , while talking about some issue, I asked them why they did not go to their Ministry of Education for one thing or another. When they told me that the Ministry is like 3000 to 4000 km. away, it hit me like a brick wall ! (I was thinking of Kuala Lumpur situation where it is only some few km away from my place of work !
Anyway, Kumloop and the University is situated in the highlands (and I mean HIGH. Gorget about Malaysia's standard of distance and 'high'). The best part we had to use a Fokker I think to get there . (see below).
the plane that took us to Kumloop and back to Vancouver
Again--my first experience. Its so small we could see the pilot. On looking out of the window , we could see patches of snow on the highlands. It was pretty scary . After a few hours we landed safley at the Kumloop airport. Now, the wind was really strong that they had to tie the plane down to the ground--probably to prevent it from being blown away !
Walking to the terminal. I still cannt believe that I am on the other side of the globe and in a small 'kampung' somewhere in the wilderness of Canada.
Kumloop Airport Terminal
Soon our transport took us to the town. I must admit it is something like straight from the movie. Its a small town and no high building.
Part fg Kumloop as seen from my hotel window
The following day we were take by the University representative to visit the campus. It was an exhilerating drive up the highland to the campus. We visited the Activity Centre and seeing the students, they reminded me of my Hull student days. In that respect, students, anywhere, at any time , are very much alike . That seems universal. I looked at the types of students that were there---the studious, playful, noisy ---for a moment --I almost believe I was back in my Students' Union House in Hull University !
Now , we must be the happening in Kumloop because , would you believe that the Mayor of the town invited us for dinner ! It was held in a restraunt on a slope overlooking the town (I think ).. We were even given badges with his name on it. It was pretty cute I think !
At the Mayor's office.
With the then General Manager of Yayasan Selangor. Background is the town.
On finishing our business, we flew back to Vancouver to visit a few community colleges and a staff from the Malaysian High Com kindly gave us lunch.
Kitchen staff of a community college.
The above picture brought unpleasant memory to me. You see after the picture was taken one of them passed a racist remark to his friend , presumably about me , and they were laughing away. I waited for them to finish,then told the older guy, "Can't you see ? Thats why why I'd rather be the 'chinky' and travel the world then two white idiots stuck in a kitchen for your whole life !!"
( oh--i have to mention here that that night, I managed to sneak off somewhere nearby to watch a concert....alanis morisette's .)
Anyway, soon after that we packed up ready to fly off to the United Kingdom --which , after all this , seem more like home to me ---to see my sister , my brother-in-law and of course my son who was studying in Dundee , Scotland. This will be in my last section of my memorable journey.