ELVAN

Her name is Elvan. To anyone who as read “The Lord of the Rings” (probably most of us) “Elvan” is the demonym that describes the residents of “Rivendale” who are Elves. (Actually, it’s spelled “Elven”; but, at least it’s a homonym.)

Writer Tolkein describes them as “fair of form and face”; and yes, that about describes the young lady who hails (originally) from Turkey.

She is a Canadian citizen who has, for the past seven years, resided in the “Sunshine State” of Florida.

She drove up to our hostel in her snazzy little, black, late-model VW Beetle to “leave” the U.S. until she can renew her residency permit.

In the paranoia that pervades the post 911 world, understandably, a lot more checks and balances are needed to reside or emigrate in the United States.

As soon as her status is resolved she will be heading for the sunny south just before we enter our winter! Gee. We wonder why she would want to do that?

Elvan - Canadiana Backpackers Inn - Downtown Toronto's most unique backpackers hostel


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