bababa wrote:There was a Chinese woman who had been living in Victoria (the one on Vancouver Island) for 3 years. She would go on and on about how beautiful the campus was where she had worked in Sichuan.
Being familiar with the campus in Victoria and its surroundings, I find that quite funny.
But your explanation of the psychology involved sounds right to me.
This all reminds me of the airport safety administrator who i made friends with in Najran (Saudi Arabia), who told me much about his life and studies in England (he was fluent in British English, otherwise we could not have talked about such matters) and who also told me that he very much preferred life in his little desert (oasis) town - he was appreciative of what England had to offer and explained that his preference had a lot to do with the extreme closeness with his immediate family and tribe. My dealings with that man were most educational and enjoyable - I think his self-analysis points toward the explanation why someone from Ulan Bator or Sichuan could find Vancouver or Victoria less beautiful than their hometowns.