This is one of the first Canada Dayâ€™s that Iâ€™ve spent at home in quite some time. I suppose like many Canadians I represent those that are the curious world travelers. But not being home for some time has made me realize just how much I miss this country.
If youâ€™re not a Canadian and have no idea what Canada Day is all about, you can read more about it here: http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/canada/11/canada-eng.cfm Courtesy of the Canadian Government.
Some of the things I love about Canada:
- Being hardcore about winter sports: I love how we just put on tons of gear and spend days skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and doing any other possible activity that we can in -50degrees Celsius or below. I have some great memories of wild winter sports and injuries!
- Loving Poutine: French fries, covered in cheese curds and gravy! This is the ultimate warm up before going out in the freezing cold or eat so you donâ€™t get sick after a night out of drinking.
- Spending some weeks in summer portaging: The best way to see some of the lakes and forest areas of Canada is to just grab a canoe, paddle when thereâ€™s water and carry it on your back when a bit of land gets in your way.
- Itâ€™s â€˜abOOtâ€™ not â€˜abOUtâ€™: Ah the Canadian accent. Living abroad some people told me that they canâ€™t recognize my accent. But give it some time and youâ€™ll hear me say â€˜abOOtâ€™ or â€˜eh?â€™ after every third sentence.
- Politeness: Canadians are polite sometimes to the point where you want to tell them, â€˜Stop apologizing for things that arenâ€™t your fault!â€™. I think itâ€™s kind of cute.
- Cabane Ã sucre (Sugar Shack): Youâ€™ve never really had maple syrup until youâ€™ve been to a Sugar Shack in Quebec â€“ basically a place where you eat everything completely soaked in maple syrup â€“ back bacon, pancakes, bread, eggs you name it!
I could go on, but Iâ€™ll save more for next year!
Happy Canada Day!