We drove over the last wooden covered bridge in Ontario.
I will speak personally because I can't even imagine what other Canadians would think about this quote. For me, I think the party is awesome and fun but I think there are many characteristics of the loft which are appealing in their own, quieter way. I sometimes think the loft inhabitants don't value their own unique space because they just want all the advantages of the party. If you take time to really explore the loft, there is a lot of cool stuff there too.
Tracy asked: What do you think the biggest difference is between Canda and the US?
I think one of the biggest differences is that Americans have a very visible national pride and Canadians rarely do. I think we are proud in a more understated way and I wish we would be a little more vocal about it sometimes. We really do live in a great country and we should be proud of it.
Canada is also very divided into regions (BC and Alberta, The Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and The North) and I think that can have a really negative effect sometimes on our country as a whole, especially for the regions which aren't as powerful. Maybe some Americans can speak to if the US is as divided regionally...
Bekah asked: So if Ryan and I are going to visit Canada - where should we go????
Well besides the obvious answer of "my house" I would highly recommend three of the less popular spots in Canada. I love The Maritimes -- New Brunswick (which shares a border with Maine), Nova Scotia, Newfoundland (which more like Ireland and a lot less like the rest of Canada) and Prince Edward Island (home of Anne of Green Gables). I also think you should check out the Yukon, one of Canada's territories. I went there right before I entered Grade 9 and it's landscape is amazing. And I really think you should spend some time in Saskatchewan -- there are a lot of hidden treasures there. (And yes, I'm completely biased because that's where I grew up!)
Amy asked three questions!: Do you live on the west or east side? My Canadian geography is atrocious. Hopefully the east so that we have a possibility of meeting some time! :) What is your favorite thing about living in Canada? Your least favorite thing? O.k. that was 3 questions...you will survive :)
Currently we live in the Eastern part of Canada. We do have a possibility of meeting sometime because I really want to do a Southern US trip. We live about three hours north of Detroit if that helps anyone with their Canadian geography. When Dave and I lived in Edmonton, we were north of Montana.
My favourite thing about living in Canada is our wide open spaces. Statistics vary but between 75-90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border. But we have 2, 773 miles of space above that. And parts of it are very empty of people which I find just beautiful.
My least favourite thing about living in Canada is how spread out it is. Canada is 9,306 km (5, 780 miles) long. I have people I want to see more often living all over Canada and it's a long way to travel.
Just FYI Amy, I barely survived answering all those questions :)
Sam and Rachel eating cake at our friends' Canada Day party which we had RSVPd to that we weren't coming but then randomly crashed just in time for dessert. We're awesome friends that way!
From the Environment Canada website: The humidex is a Canadian innovation, that was first used in 1965. It describes how hot, humid weather feels to the average person. The humidex combines the temperature and humidity into one number to reflect the perceived temperature. Because it takes into account the two most important factors that affect summer comfort, it can be a better measure of how stifling the air feels than either temperature or humidity alone.
The link then goes on to explain the risks inherent in the different humidex readings. For today, for instance, our high was 34C (93F) and the highest humidex was listed at 42C (108F), which according to the risks means "great discomfort, avoid exertion" so I probably shouldn't have pushed Sam and Rachel in the stroller for 20 minutes to pick up our CSA food. Oh well :)
Also, at one point I wrote about Timbits and someone wanted to know what a "Timbit" was. Well, Canada's national doughnut chain is named after a hockey player -- Tim Horton. So a Timbit is what you get at Tim Horton's instead of a doughnut hole. Lots of times we just talk about "going to Tim's." Ironically, while Dave and I love Tim's, neither of us are huge doughnut fans. Ha!
And with that, j'ai fini! (Just thought I'd throw a little French in their for you since we are officially bilingual and all that.)