I must say this was one of the most tiring vacations we've had, and what's worse is that I also managed to hurt my hip somehow am now limping a bit, feeling a hundred-years-old. Oh, and this morning we found the garbage on the floor of the entry porch full of worms crawling all over, giving life to the garbage bags.
So tired and disgusted, I did nothing today. I'm really good at that, btw. And if anyone has a problem, I actually give out courses on doing nothing for $50 an hour, and that's the group rate!
So what did I find on my trip?
- I found that while we speak the same language, we don't necessarily mean the same thing and that teenagers working in malls will always correct me when I ask about washrooms (I really do know it's bathrooms in the US, yet keep forgetting).
- Similarly, when I order a sandwich, or any meal for that matter, I generally expect it to be of certain size, which is almost always double in the US.
- I also noticed that smaller town folk are much nicer and more patient than big-city people, and that this is true in both Canada and the US.
- I found that border crossing wait times are always much much much longer when crossing into the US than back into Canada despite fewer questions asked.
- I found that miles are f*^%ing long.
- Hotels are cheaper in the US.
- US cable news network are really scary making Canadian news sound warm and fuzzy.
- Businesses actually honour coupons in the US and don't start explaining why they can't accept this coupon or that.
- For ordering tea, the default in the US is for iced tea, in Canada it's for tea - hot.
- Pop in Canada = soda in the US = a soft-drink.
- Americans display their Stars and Stripes flags all over (cars, houses, businesses), maybe more so because it was near 4th of July. Canadians, on the other hand, hardly ever display their Maple Leaf and this year even for Canada Day most flags were of other countries because of the world cup.
- Our independence days are only four days apart.
So for all these similarities and for all these differences, a belated Happy Canada Day and Happy July 4th to us all.