Just saying "hotel Victoria" brings a broad smile to my sometimes gloomy face. Since the great recession started, I am feeling the negative vibe in the air. It seems everywhere I go, the stress is looming like a swarm of locusts over a farm crop. The air is heavy and the atmosphere is dense. Then, I get my annual trip to see the art and hear the fabulous music at a concert in BC. All of a sudden, the clouds lift and I'm in Shangrala. I think of my previous stays at the great hotels in Victoria and the demeanor of the gentle people of the area, and I am ready to take on the world once again.