jueves, 11 de octubre de 2007


Toronto in the fifties was an Anglo-Saxon, white European society. As, a matter of fact, I had never seen a black person in my life until one day we crossed the border to see the Falls from the American side, and then on to Buffalo, N.Y. It was full of black people! What a difference from one side to the other (the first colored person I saw in Toronto was, I think, in the sixties). Anyway, this is just a little anecdote but really has nothing to do with the story I'm about to tell.
My father bought a car--Morris Oxford--and, of course, the first trip we took was to Niagara Falls. They were breathtakingly beautiful and magnificent, however, my parents were so enthralled and enthused that for the next TWO YEARS we practically went every week! Too much for me. I knew the Falls inside/out! I knew them from above, from below--with the yellow raincoats--from the bottom on the boat, across from the front from the Spanish Lift which, by the way, was built by one of our relatives, therefore, the name "Spanish". So, least of falling over them--which would have killed me and I wouldn't be writing this--I was fed up with the Falls!!! Never went back again and don't plan to do so in the future.

Toronto, en los años cincuenta, era una ciudad muy anglosajona, muy europea y muy blanca. Jamás había visto un negro en mi vida hasta que un dia cruzamos la frontera, para ver las cataratas del lado americano y nos adentramos hasta Buffalo, N.Y. Estaba lleno de negros, qué diferencia de un lado al otro..., creo que la primera persona negra que vi en Toronto fue en los años sesenta. Bueno, esta es una pequeña anécdota que no tiene mucho que ver con la historia que cuento a continuación. Mi padre compró un coche--un Morris Oxford--y, claro, el primer viaje que hicimos fue a las cataratas del Niagara. Eran fabulosas, preciosas y grandiosas. Ahora bien mis padres quedaron tan entusiasmados que en los DOS AÑOS siguientes fuimos casi cada semana. Me las conocía de arriba, abajo. Las vimos por arriba, por abajo con los chubasqueros amarillos, por debajo en el barquito, por enfrente cruzando el "Spanish Lift" (se llama así porque fue construido por un pariente nuestro) y exceptuando haber caido por ellas --habría muerto por lo tanto no estaría escribiendo ésto ahora--estaba HARTA de las dichosas cataratas. Nunca mas volví ni pienso hacerlo en el futuro.

8 comentarios:

Anónimo dijo...

¡Jajajaja...! Tú si las conoces bien. supongo que después iríais a otros sitios ¿no?

METIS dijo...

pues yo me muero por ir al menos una vez en la vida. pero lo veo dificil.

bruixot dijo...

Pues yo también las visité desde el barco y luego desde la acera, por la parte canadiense, aunque cuando crucé la frontera camino a NY también pude verlas. A mi me parecieron impresionantes, a pesar que dicen que se han degradado mucho últimamente con la mano humana.

Un beso

Merche Pallarés dijo...

Gracias Bruixot por entrar en mi blog y hacer un comentario. Sí seguro que ahora Niagara estará muy masificado como todo. La proxima vez que vaya a Canada me acercaré a verlas de nuevo... para desilusionarme ya definitivamente para el resto de mi vida!! Besotes, M.

Thiago dijo...

jajaaj, la verdad es que no me extraña, acabarías de las cataratas hasta el coronilla.... me encanta tu estilo directo y el estallido final de cada uno de tus post.


P.S. Notarás que me stoy dando un atracón con tus post.

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