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The Land Of Plenty

People feel the need to eat in places they shouldn't even think of: at concerts, sports games, outdoor activities, movie theaters; on the bus, the train, in their cars. I clearly remember a time...

Stuff Canadians Like (Part 2)

Ever heard of the Tragically Hip? Chances are if you did, you hold a Canadian passport. If no, don't worry -- you're just a foreigner. The band from Kingston Ontario has been around for around twenty...

A Canadian Mindset (8/10)

Don't ever mistake a Canadian for an American. I mean, seriously! It's the best way to get a snowball thrown at you. The truth is, despite being influenced by American culture, Canada has a true...

The Hugeness (4/10)

Unless you're from Russia or China, you will probably feel that Canada is a pretty big place. And if you're from Russia, please let's not argue about the Northwest Passage -- it's not like we can...

The Tipping Dilemma

So, 15% of $30... is...

No, I'm not calculating my Adsense revenues (that would be easy: $1 + 0.50¢ = $1.50... last time I checked!). I'm experiencing tipping-related stress. Don't laugh: it's common.

The Other Side Of The Story

The volunteer took a step back as he spoke, as if my Europeanism could jump on him. I decide to not mention that I spent quite a lot of time in malaria infected areas in Latin America, and got my...

The Culture Of Fear

I grew up with the traditional French daemons: fascism and globalization. They were easy enough targets, and fighting against them included chanting socialist songs in demonstrations, keeping an eye...

On The Road To Nowhere

Occasionally, a bunch of dark coats men wait at the next station: tickets collectors. Upon seeing them, weird things would happen: people of all age would run towards the nearest doors, some would...

Working Class Hero Is Something To Be

Rock'n'roll stars, rap artists, rednecks, tycoons, politicians, lobbyists, aliens... North America has it all. But there's one category that have never traveled across the ocean from its beloved old...

Cigarettes And Alcohol

I finally came to my sense before embarrassing myself by asking the stupid question. Of course I wouldn’t find wine in a supermarket. I was in Ontario !

Losing My Religion

I knew Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism—and that was about it. I was—and I still am—clueless about Pentecostalism, Anglicanism, Baptists, Methodists, Lutheran, Presbyterian...

Diddly-Ho, Neighbor-ino

See, I grew up in France in what North Americans call an heritage building. I mean, you would probably take a picture of it. Six storey, white façade, balconies, big wooden door leading to an inside...

Do You Speak English?

English wasn't popular. French don't like English much ("they put vinegar on chips and eat meat with mint sauce !"), and the relationship with the USA has always been a bit rocky ("these warmongers/...

Funny, How ?

We were three friends sit at a small wobbly wooden table, set half on the sidewalk, half on the curb side of the dusty road. We just came back from a bar where my roommate’s Chinese boyfriend was...

List of Weird Things I’ve Tasted

I love testing new food when I travel. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't... but you end up with some pretty cool stories to brag about !

Here is my top five of the weirdest things I ate.

Des deux côtés de l’Atlantique

Il y a presque 5 ans, je débarquais pour la première fois de ma vie en Amérique du Nord. En ce mois de janvier 2007 le plus chaud que nous ayons connu jusque là (janvier sans neige à Ottawa, c’est...

Different, you said ?

After all, I had survived China, most Latin America countries, Australia, New Zealand... Why wouldn't I blend in in Canada ?