Wednesday, November 12, 2008

O Canada!

Here are some reasons I just LOVE Canada:

1. First and foremost, the obvious: It's cold.

2. Signage in both French and English. It's like a road trip and a lesson all in one!

3. Poutine. A whole new kind of comfort food; delicious even without the cheese curds.

4. The Maple Leaf. It's everywhere and I love it. I especially like how they incorporate it in McDonald's golden arches:

5. Moose. Newfoundland has approximately 125,000 - 150,000 moose on the island making it hard to believe we didn't see one during our entire trip!

6. The Canadians seem to love us as far as I can tell since they're all so very nice.

7. More importantly, they LOVE Obama. That's not in question at all - you don't even have to ask them, they'll just tell you straight out!

8. When you're in the Province of Nova Scotia, they have signs in both English and Gaelic, which is something I've never seen anywhere before. If it weren't for the english translation, we'd be screwed. Have you ever tried to read anything in Gaelic???

9. The cold water from the tap is freezing cold; not like water in Arizona where it comes out of the tap feeling like bath water.

10. The food labels/descriptions are also in English and French. My favorites are Pamplemousse Rose Jus (Red Grapefruit Juice), Poulet McCroquette (Chicken McNuggets) and Sucre (Sugar).

11. The McLobster Sandwich (or as they like to say in French, Sandwich McHomard), available only in the Maritime Provices. I've never eaten one, but I like the idea that it exists.

12. All the water! Oceans, lakes, ponds, inlets, goes on and on. It seems like Alberta is the only province that doesn't have all that much water, but they have the Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park, so I will give them a teeny pass. I prefer the eastern part of the country (same as my preferences in the US) and I think Ontario and Quebec are my favorites, with Nova Scotia coming in third. Oh, the choices!

I'm sure there are more, but I can't think of them at the moment. Overall though, I LOVE Canada, O Canada!


Paul Daniel Ash said...

Hmm... well of all the places in North America I have not yet been, Jasper/Banff top my list, followed closely by Vancouver and Seattle.

THERE IS WATER THERE - insanely technicolor water. And also mountains and large animals - important to this city-dweller.

And yet... just a teeny pass?

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying your time in our Northern neighbor. :)

As for Gaelic ... it's a beautiful sounding language but impossible (for me) to figure out. I've been to Ireland several times and I get confused every time! For example, one of my Irish friends named her daughter "Caoihme" and it's pronounced "Kee-va". Go figure!

tornwordo said...

I love your observations. I haven't made it to NS or NFL yet. That's next on my list.

Decorina said...

OMD, the water in our old house in Arizona came out of the tap boiling hot. Turned out that the water lines were in the attic... So after I moved to Denver I used to turn on the cold tap just to feel the cold water.

Anonymous said...

Is that McLobster thing a joke? Cuz that's just odd. lol.

I vacationed in Canada as a kid every year, and desperated want to go back. It really is beautiful.

Hopefully weirdo Sarah won't read your blog and go moose hunting!

I love that they love Obama.