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Things I Actually Enjoy Aboot Canada


No one in my town says “aboot” but I love saying it and typing it and I just felt like it needed to be in my title. I’m sure there are some Canadians around that say aboot, so this one is for them. And Ross Murray because he’s won’t shut up aboot it already.

I’ve now resided in Victoria, B.C. for over two years which has enabled me to accurately judge the people, places, and things surrounding me. It turns out that the more I live in one place, the more I end up liking it. I now have a strange and dare I say, loving relationship with my little neck of Canada. Here’s why:

It’s Beautiful. I have trouble saying that because I don’t like calling things beautiful unless it’s my own reflection. These are the jokes, people. But Canada has really upped the ante. I live by the mountains and the ocean (the ocean is unswimmable (not a word) throughout the entire year, so that’s a major drawback, but at least there’s water to look at) and they make a pretty good combo. There are a lot of trees left here (mainly because Canada is still extremely uninhabited) and a lot of cute wildlife. And no roadkill! Where I come from there is roadkill everywhere! There are literally deer everywhere here and yet none of them are “sleeping” on the roadside. Bravo, Canada!emerald_lake_yoho_national_park_british_columbia_canada

The People are Friendly. At first I didn’t think this was true. I thought that they were the same as Americans and that they were just making up the whole “friendly, nice Canadians” business to lure in unsuspecting tourists. But no, they’re friendly and kind to each other. And they’ve accepted me into their country, almost. If only I could get legal status, then I would really be livin’ the life.

Their Money. It’s colorful, bits of it are clear, and they got rid of the penny. These people know what they’re doing. Greenbacks are all fine and dandy, but we need to rid ourselves of the penny once and for all. I’m “sorey” to say but we need to follow Canada’s lead on this one.currency

Their Willingness to Laugh. A lot of the Canadians that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting have been super cheeseball. But I have to hand it to them–they’re ready to laugh at any time. They want to laugh! These are my people. I just have to spend some time refining their senses of humor. Not everyone is cheesy, but almost every single person.

They Have At Least One Dumb Politician. Yay! We’re not the only ones with embarrassing political figures! Rob Ford, we welcome you with open arms. As long as you stay in Toronto and keep embarrassing your countrymen.Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Chapters/Indigo Bookstores. Man, I never thought I could love a bookstore so much. Like, I seriously have a love affair with this place. The outside is grungy, but the inside is magical. They sell books of course, but they also sell home goods, jewelry, bags, accessories, seasonal goods, candles, and of course, Starbucks. Barnes and Noble, TAKE NOTE.

Pubs. Canadians take their drinking rather seriously. But not seriously enough to sell alcohol in their grocery stores. Ever since moving here, I’ve been impressed with the amount of adorable pubs that this country has to offer. I don’t even drink, but I like to have a comfortable place to watch my friends drink. Not some smelly old bar.

Their History. Canada definitely knows how to make attractive legislative and Parliamentary buildings. The one in my town is pretty schweet. Other buildings around town lack updates, but it’s kind of cool to see that some of the structures in Victoria are still standing since their erection (tee hee) in the early 1900’s. Also, I think it’s adorbs that Canada didn’t gain it’s independence until 1982. And on top of that, I have to give them props for all that they’ve done for their First Nations (AKA Native Americans) communities. They take care of them and are reverent towards their history far more than Americans have ever been. But that’s not saying much.parliament-buildings

Tim Hortons. I used to think Dunkin’ Donuts was the best place to grab a sweet treat, but I have learned to love Tim Hortons and their cheap breakfast selection. Getting a bagel with cream cheese and a coffee is cheaper than my drink order at Starbucks. Tim Hortons has a special place in my heart now.

One last thing, go check out my 5×5 interview over at You’ve Been Hooked! The Hook is a Canadian fellow who has made my new life a little lot happier! He is extremely entertaining and stumbles into hilarious situations during his job as a bellman. Go take a look!

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31 thoughts on “Things I Actually Enjoy Aboot Canada

  1. Another post that perfectly demonstrates why I chose you to take par tin 5×5.
    Well done, Lily!
    Rob Ford is God’s gift to bloggers, journalists, drug dealers and people who love stupid people everywhere!

    • Thanks Hook, you’re way too kind to me. Rob Ford is so entertaining! i saw a funny youtube video that someone made of a fake Rob Ford movie and they used Chris Farley clips to portray Rob. So funny!

  2. You make it seem like a dream! I was in Canada once when I was much younger. I do remember the people were so nice and it was so BEAUTIFUL! I was struck by your joke about using that word only for your reflection (funny!). I think all of life is a reflection of ourselves….. So why not love using the word? Or maybe I’m delusional, not making sense as I lie uncomfortably awake in my sick bed…

    At any rate, great post.

    πŸ™‚
    Lindsey

    • Lol well, I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with this place. Sometimes when I’m homesick, I have to force myself to think of the good things! I’m sad that you’re sick in bed! Hopefully you’ll feel better by Christmas!
      Thanks for stopping by Lindsey! πŸ˜€

  3. We were there shortly after they renovated Parlaiment in Ottowa, and got a maple leaf pin stamped out of the old copper roof.

    Your part of Canada sounds great! I’m so glad the US owns that country.

    What? really??? Oh…um…
    nevermind.

    • Haha that’s awesome! The Parliament building in Ottawa looks amazing! Hah I wish my slice of Canada was owned by the states. It’s crazy how my spirits lift when I cross the border. Even if I go to somewhere in the states that I’ve never been, there is always a strange familiarity in the good old US of A.

  4. Nah, you’re going soft. I refuse to believe that any of you’re initial on-the-spot impressions and judgements of something were wrong.

    That photo of the lake is fantastic though, it makes the Thames look like a puddle on the Isle of Wight.

    I’ve seen some of the stuff to do with Rob Ford and he’s bonkers… walking into cameras, admitting to taking cocaine… Lordy Lorks.

  5. How come you can’t get the legal status?
    And though we all of course enjoy your judging, it’s good to see the good part about Canada as well! Lucky you for living at the ocean and the mountains by the way. I’m very jelly (and I normally don’t even use that word!).

    • UGHHHH my legal status situation is so frustrating, Astrid. Let me tell you. I applied for permanent residency a year ago which is basically like citizenship except I can’t vote, but I can work and all that stuff. Right now I’m just a visitor because I didn’t want to get a work visa to interrupt my other application so I haven’t been able to work this whole time (not that I’m complaining) and I have to leave the country every 6 months because I’m just a visitor. I hope my application goes through soon!

      I think you would like it here! Maybe sometime you’ll get around to traveling here. Or maybe I’ll come over to Belgium sometime!

      • Oooh that’s annoying. Even if you don’t really want to work, you just want the opportunity. I hope you can get that megal stuff soon!

        YES. It would be cool to meet in real life! Unfortunately I don’t have the money right now to travel to Canada… But maybe when I marry a rich old guy, I will, haha ;).

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    • Aww well thank you. I should definitely visit Newfoundland! It’s on my list for sure. I’ve heard great things about it. You never know, I might have to change my blog name to Lily in Newfoundland later in life. It has a certain ring to it!

  7. I totally agree about people being so nice in Canada. My first experience was in BC years ago, and we visited Victoria, Vancouver, toured around to Whistler, etc. Gorgeous combination of ocean and mountains. Then a few years ago, we visited Nova Scotia, and the people there were every bit as nice! Calgary and Banff are on our vacation agenda this year, and I cannot wait!

    Best of luck with your legal status…I am sure it will come through for you.

    • Wow! You’ve done a lot of Canadian traveling! More so than me by far. I’m glad you were welcomed with smiles wherever you went in this gorgeous country.
      Thanks so much! My legal status actually came through recently! I’m pretty stoked!

  8. Erica F. says:

    Wednesday April 2nd, 2014

    Lily…
    I read your bio and everything that you like about Canada!!

    But you did NOT mention where were you born and how long you have actually lived in Canada (or “just visiting” Canada since your status has NOT gone through yet)!!

    Or maybe since this is April 2014, your status has already gone through??

    Thanks!!
    Erica
    *(s)end*

    • Hi Erica!
      I was born in the United States and I have technically been visiting Canada for 2 and a half years but I didn’t send in my application for legal status until I had been visiting for a year. BUT it has finally gone through and I am officially legal!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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