Homesick British tourist asks Canadians for Christmas dinner invitation

It's been a month since Bob Weavers sold everything he owned, bought a one-way ticket out of England, and left his home in Southampton for a backpacking trip around the world for his 21st birthday.

See Full Article

Since then, he has visited Iceland, Puerto Rico, several Caribbean Islands, as well numerous Canadian cities including Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Banff.

While Weavers has had an "awful lot of fun" so far, he was starting to feel "quite alone" as Christmas drew near, and realized this would be the first year he would spend the holiday alone.

So the 21-year-old took what he called a "bit of a long shot," asking users of the Vancouver forum on the social media website Reddit if someone in the city would host him over Christmas.

"After seeing all the Christmas advertisements, house lights, brightly decorated trees and yummy food in supermarkets, I'm really worried about spending Christmas alone," he wrote.

"I want to be part of a traditional Canadian Christmas, and make some long lasting friends. It's such a big thing to ask, but it's worth a try -- you never know until you find out."

Weavers also promised that he is "very well house trained," and offered to contribute to the "Christmas food fund."

The passionate plea led to what Weavers estimates was more than 200 offers from locals who are willing to welcome the homesick Brit into their homes.

"I still can't believe it," he told CTV Vancouver.

In the end, Weavers decided to take the offer of a family in nearby Coquitlam, which reminds him of home.

"They're quite a big family, and they have some British heritage," he said.

Weavers couldn't resist when the family promised that a couple of his compatriots would be on hand, as well as some traditional British cuisine.

"They listed a few British food items that I haven't had since I left," he said. "I thought, 'Oh God, that sounds so nice."

Weavers is also looking for company on New Year’s Eve, which he plans to spend in the Vancouver area.

"If someone wants to meet up for a pint or something, yeah, no problem," he said.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • July 14 bail hearing date set for Epstein's ex-girlfriend

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend will appear remotely by video for a July 14 courthouse arraignment and bail hearing on charges she recruited girls for him to sexually abuse over two decades ago, a judge said Tuesday. Source
  • Video shows Michigan facility staff restraining Black teen who died

    World News CTV News
    At least seven men forcibly restrained a teenager who had a heart attack and died two days later. The staffers at a youth facility in Michigan held down the boy's arms and legs and sat on him as he screamed that he couldn't breathe, an attorney representing the boy's estate said Tuesday. Source
  • Opposition MPs win votes for documents, special committee meetings to probe WE Charity deal

    Canada News CBC News
    Opposition parties aren't letting up in their battle to shine light on every aspect of the federal government's dealings with WE Charity — compelling a Commons committee to produce a trove of documents and hold special meetings on the issue later this month. Source
  • Essential workers during COVID-19 susceptible to 'moral injury' and PTSD, hospital says

    Canada News CBC News
    Health-care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are at risk of severe stress that could cause long-term psychological damage, the Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder says. The centre at the Royal Ottawa Hospital has teamed up with the Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health to develop a guide for facilities including hospitals and peer-support organizations in an effort to reduce the impact on those susceptible to so-called moral injury, a…
  • CFIA cancels imports of some puppies from Ukraine after dead dogs found on plane

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will not allow commercial puppies under the age of eight months to be imported from Ukraine after dozens of dead or sick dogs were found on a flight at Toronto's airport. Source
  • Netherlands police arrest 6 after makeshift 'torture chamber' uncovered

    World News CBC News
    Dutch police arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed "torture chamber" complete with a dentist's chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs, a high ranking officer announced Tuesday. Source
  • Family members haunted by lack of care for seniors during outbreak at Lynn Valley Care Centre

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER -- Seniors' cries for help going unanswered. Residents left in clothing soaked in their own urine. These are some of the troubling things a group of women say they witnessed inside Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver when a COVID-19 outbreak began. Source
  • Ontario mask bylaws could be difficult for businesses to enforce, legal experts say

    Canada News CBC News
    As Ontario municipalities enact new measures regarding the use of masks in commercial locations, business owners are on their own when it comes to dealing with customers who refuse to comply. On Tuesday, Toronto and Ottawa joined Kingston in establishing rules requiring a non-medical face covering inside businesses open to the public. Source
  • Alberta confirms 47 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths

    Canada News CTV News
    EDMONTON -- Alberta confirmed 47 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as well as two more deaths due to the coronavirus. The two deaths were both men in their 70s and were linked to the ongoing outbreak at the Misericordia Hospital. Source
  • Australian driver fights off deadly snake that snuck into his vehicle, wrapped around his leg

    World News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Police in Australia pulled over a man for allegedly speeding along a highway, only to find out he had been rushing to hospital, believing he was bitten by a poisonous snake that made its way into his vehicle. Source