This being a blog about moving to a strange world, I think it’s about time I talk directly about some differences I’ve noticed during my time in the wintry north lands.
When I decided to go to school in Canada, I really didn’t consider it as moving to another country. Sure, they are still technically a dominion of England, and I know that they use a different currency, but when it came right down to it, I didn’t expect my day-to-day life to change all that much. For the most part, it hasn’t. I still eat pizza and watch Grey’s Anatomy and generally it’s like living in the states- that’s more of a reflection on Toronto as opposed to Canada as a whole (I’ve heard Montreal is like visiting Europe). However, there are things– wee itty-bitty details, mostly foods– that do not exist in Canada. To name a few:
- Red Vines
- Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese
- Trader Joes
- TARGET (this is such a problem, you wouldn’t even believe)
- Jamba Juice
- Gallon size boxes of Goldfish
- Noah’s Bagels
Now, not to insult my Canadian breatherin, we “Americans” (said in a very southern accent) don’t have things like Aero Bars, Irn Bru or ketchup chips (we can seriously live without ketchup chips though). These little additions and subtractions are what remind me day to day that Toto and I aren’t in America any more (cause you really don’t notice it when they say “eh”). It’s a little bit like being in bizarro world, where everything is mildly the same and only a little bit different (and more French). Bottom line: Canada, I love you, but you gotta get Target. Life just sucks without it.