The true question isn’t why I came to Canada but why I stayed in Canada. The answer is simple—because I could.
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“Are you bringing any food into Canada?”
Seriously, I’m not.
The border officer eyes me suspiciously, waiting for me to admit I have five kilos of blue cheese and foie gras in my backpack.
This year, the first mission was to buy two French SIM cards and prepaid plans to use our smartphone during the trip.
I’ve been to San Pedro Sula, dodgy parts of Rio, Salvador and Porto Alegre, I survived shitty border towns but damn, I’m avoiding Crow Street, Suburbia, Ottawa.
My laptop and a reliable Internet connexion are a necessity in my personal and professional life. Provided I have both, my smartphone isn’t. Am I an oddity?
At 7:01 p.m., the line went dead and I started swearing in both official languages.
Every time I pack for a trip, I hear my mom’s voice in my head. And she isn’t saying “be safe,” or other stuff moms could remind their stubborn daughter.
“I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping,” a close friend of mine confessed over the phone. “I mean, when am I supposed to go?”
In Canada, exercising is considered a requirement of responsible adulthood, much like flossing, eating your food guide serving of veggies and getting enough sleep.
Locked Up Abroad, Science Vs, Ear Hustle and Transfer (in French)—four podcasts you should listen to this fall.
We were anxiously waiting for the “fridge guys,” aka the repairmen who were about to assess the dead freezer compartment.
So, what did I buy in France this year?
Over the years, the North American experimenter attitude rubbed off on me. I don’t just give a Gallic shrug to new ideas or solution.
Whenever something feels culturally strange in North America, I learned to ask myself the following question: is this an actual thing or just a corporate money-grab excuse?
“Terrible, Thanks for Asking”, “Heavyweight”, “Homecoming” and “S-Town”. Never heard of these podcasts? This is why you should try them.
I bought a new winter parka. Now, I suspect you legitimately don’t give a damn…
A child abduction case, a murder on an island, investigative journalism and inspired entrepreneurs: I have a great podcast recommendation for every taste!
I keep on thinking about that strange night and my reaction. At what point are you supposed to call the police or call for help? Have you ever dialled 911?
The joke is on me now—I have just flown with literally two kilos of salt in my luggage.
A year after my first article on podcasts, I’m still hooked to this media format.
Maybe I’m getting old or terribly bourgeoise but I’m starting to appreciate a bit of luxury in my life.
You know what’s cool with tech gadgets? They fill a need you didn’t even know you had and they make you shout “wow, cool!” like a kid stumbling upon a new toy.
Not feeling well? Don’t have a fancy medical degree? Don’t worry, Canada has your back. Here is a quick how-to guide on what to do if you need to see a doctor.