I am Elizabeth Vago. Founder of EV Tours on Vancouver Island. My paternal last name ‘Vago’ suits me well: Va in Spanish and Go in English. It has defined my life in many ways, a life of travel and of living in different parts of the world. We left the land of my birth of Montevideo, Uruguay when I was 7 years old cruising the Mediterranean and Europe for months. The many cities we visited are etched in my mind: the azure grottos of the Amalfi coast, the shapes of the mountains of Monserrat, cafes and shops in Corfu. Our ship eventually arrived in Israel, where I live for the next 5 years.
All the places where I have lived and travelled, the languages I learned, the music and foods I’ve savored, have led me here, where I live today at the southern point of #Vancouver Island in the town of James Bay, across the Juan de Fuca Strait are the snowcapped Olympic Mountains of Washington.
Just down the road is #Fisherman’s Wharfs: a community of fishing boats and of floating houses that are purple and yellow and many bright colors. I walk along the lovely seaside trail from Fisherman’s Wharf to Victoria’s thriving Inner Harbour. I meet my group of travelers, 2 couples from Mexico. They want to walk all over the City. We enter the Edwardian, chateau-style Empress Hotel designed by Francis Rattenbury. We visit Victoria’s majestic Parliament Building, built by the same architect. Eventually my guests want to know why I speak Spanish, where I was borne, how I came to be a tour guide in Victoria.
Living in so many different places especially as a child, has helped me to develop an appreciation for cultural diversity, a great appetite for art and good food, for architecture and history. Eventually I satisfy my guests curiosity about me. I have lived in Uruguay, Israel, Toronto, Paris, Santa Monica, Puerto Vallarta, and speak 5 languages. My most treasured cities of travel are: Granada, Istanbul, and Buenos Aires. But I love mostly where I live and delight in sharing the beauty of Vancouver Island with my guests.