The 4 Questions, Ori Nevares.
How did your family come to Canada?
"My Moms side came to Canada when antisemitism began to grow in Europe before world war II. Only a few left to Canada as the rest were confident the rough times would pass. Unfortunately everyone who stayed in Europe was killed in the gas chambers of the Nazi death camp Sobibor.
My Dads side fled Spain during the civil war in the 1930s. They were hidden in the trunk of a car and secretly brought to a boat which ended up in Mexico. My Dad was born in Mexico City and met my mom while studying in Houston, Texas. Then they moved back to Vancouver as they thought it was the best place to raise a family.
I was born in Vancouver and have always been grateful to return there every time I travel."
What is your favourite thing about Canada?
"The diversity that exists within Canada. Throughout this trip we met people from all areas of Canada and the world. The number of different ways people live across the country surprised me, and the international influences that exist are endless. Canada is one of the few places where so many different authentic cultures exist together, and the potential this has is is wondrous."
What is the best piece of advice you would give?
"After finishing this journey in St. Johns, we paid a visit to the mile 0 monument where Terry fox started his journey. There was a quote that could not have been more perfectly timed.
“I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try; dreams are made possible if you try.”
Before leaving on this trip I genuinely thought the $150 challenge was not possible and would only last until Edmonton. Everyone we pitched it to laughed at it. Now finishing this trip on $9.99 total I completely surprised myself on what I thought was possible. The importance of pushing yourself and just trying is more apparent than ever."
How has your trip changed your perspective of Canada?
(Adapted from: How did you come to pick us up/hear about our project?)
"Before leaving I had known that overall Canadians were generous and kind. I was also told many times that hitchhiking would be a dangerous and risky method of travelling. After this trip the level of kindness and good people that exist across Canada has surpassed anything I imagined. At no time were we threatened or felt uncomfortable. This made me realize how built up fears can be taken out of proportion and can lead to isolation from one another. This experience has made me realize the importance of coming together especially in a country as large and spread out as Canada. Most importantly I have never been more proud and grateful to call Canada my home!"