tiistai 14. elokuuta 2007

Differences

Both Finland and Canada are considered to be part of the Western world. If I went to China or India or something, I'd for sure find more differences in between my homeland and the country I'm visiting. Still I'm surprised how much Canada differs from Finland. It might only be small details, but the difference is still there. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, no way. I've always found interesting to see different ways to do things, different approaches to life. I'm learning, more than I thought I would. For some reason I used to think Canada and Finland were very alike. This might be true when you look at the weather in Sudbury during the summer or the forest in Northern Ontario, but that's about it.

Let me tell you about these differences, that way you save the money since you won't have to come over to see it yourself. That's because you trust me, right? To be honest, it would be nice to have you to come over to visit me and see the crazy Canadians yourself!

One big difference is the food. You can't find proper dark bread here, and most of the people love their superwhite bread. Toasted, with butter and marmelade or peanut butter. This is something I'm not used to, I find the taste of peanut butter very unpleasant. And I really miss the rye bread! Milk comes in bags here, which I found very funny at first. Now I'm a part of the milk bag gang myself. When you go eat out you usually order appetizers, which I never did back in Finland. All the foods are labelled very well, every bottle, bag and can has nutrition facts printed on them. Still people seem to be pretty stupid about the food, and don't read the labels. I find the nutrition facts very informative and useful, but then again, I'm the crazy girl who bikes around the town.

The other big difference is the traffic. I've never been to USA, but I assume things are the same there. This country is huge, and there are "only" 30 million Canadians. This means that there is no money to keep up a good railway system like we have in Europe. Well Europe minus Iceland :) This leads to the fact that everyone has a car. In bigger cities there are buses and people bicycle more, but here in Caledonia both these environmentally vice options are nonexistent. I bike around the town, but there is no way for me to get to Hamilton for example. Hundreds of people commute to Hamilton every day and still there's no buses going from Caledonia to Hamilton. And I don't see very many other bicyclists going around the town. Biking is mostly a sport, not a way to get to the store or the gym. This is the difference that bothers me the most, since I want to walk, bike and use public transportation when ever it's possible. Keith's friends even drive couple of blocks to a party, drink up and drive back home drunk. Drunk driving happens in Finland too, I know, but here it's more of an rule than an exception.

So boys and girls, go get drunk but don't drive (a car!)! Yea, who am I to say anything about drunk driving when I always used to bike back home from bars.. Sometimes I remembered doing it the next day, sometimes (=usually) I didn't. Spiderpig!

5 kommenttia:

Anna Sigga kirjoitti...

I do not know what you are talking about.. I would die without my car hehe!! ;O)

Anonyymi kirjoitti...

Olisikin mahtavaa tulla sinne käymään! En lupaa mitään, koska matkustaminen ei ole oikein minun juttuni -- en oikein osaa ajatella että koskaan matkustaisin esim. lentokoneella -- mutta uteliaisuudesta: miten matkat sinne sujuvat? Onko muita mahdollisuuksia (siis lyhyempiä) kuin 13 tuntia kestävä lento, jolla menit sinne keväällä? 13 tuntia yhtäkkiä tuntuu aika paljolta.

Mietin tässä juuri, miten inhoan muutoksia. Kesä on loppumassa ja opiskelu pitäisi aloittaa, mutta kun ei millään jaksaisi! Muutosvastarintani on aivan mieletön, kun kuitenkin vielä toukokuussa opiskelin hyvällä innolla ja iloisesti.

Matkustamisinhonikin liittyy muutosvastaisuuteen. Loma ei ole mikään loma jos pitää vaihtaa maisemaa, nukkua vieraissa oloissa ja olla poissa koto-netin ääreltä! Ehkä olisi helpompaa lentää vaikka Englantiin ensin ja olla siellä muutama viikko, sitten lähteä Kanadaan. Näin lentomatkat olisivat lyhyempiä ja muutokseen sopeutuminen ehkä helpompaa? No ei vais -- raha- ym. kysymykset tulevat vastaan, vaikka Kanadassa olisi kyllä ihanaa joskus käydä. Onneksi on edes sinun raporttisi siellä elosta ja asumisesta!

Soile

Whissana kirjoitti...

i didnt know you guys have milk in bags there!? Here in the USA we have these huge one gallon plastic containers.. a gallon is about 4 liters, right.. For poor students who only use so much milk, there are these half gallon bottles they can buy.. Interesting, when you think in Finland the biggest milk bottle available is (or at least used to be) 1,5 liter container..

I love appertizers here in restaurants! That's partly why I recommended Outback Steakhouse. Their appetizers are so yummy, and youre usually half full by the time the actual food arrives, but it's so yummy as well, that when you're done, you can just ask your friend to roll you out of the restaurant. At least this is what I have experienced, luckily we dont have one of these restaurants anywhere too near.

I've joined your club and bought a bike, even though it's not completely strange to see a biker around here, especially in Santa Monica, here you can even see people walking.. unlike in the rest of L.A. I've used mine twice so far.. I still drive the car to the gym, bike is for the sunny weekend days when you want to have a nice bike ride to the beach.. :P hehe.. yes I know, I've become one of them..

Annina

Maiju kirjoitti...

Hi Anna!
Maybe I'm the weird one then, trying to live without a car :) However, here in Canada it seems harder to be weird than it was in Finland!

Soile! Kiitos kommentista. Olen kirjoittamassa sinulle kirjetta (taas, vielakin, koskaseoikeinvalmistuu), mutta ehdin varmaan itse Suomeen ennen sita kirjetta. Ehka jonain paivana lentokonekarpanen puree sinua ja lennat Kanadaan! Suoralla lennolla Helsingista tanne paasee 8 tunnissa, mutta Finnair lentaa suoria lentoja vain kesaisin. 8 tuntia on pitka aika istua, varsinkin kun jalkatila on minimaalinen ja vierustoveriksi huolestuttavan usein osuu ylipainoinen henkilo. Itse yritan yleensa nukkua tai lukea tai katsella elokuvia.

Olen varmaan saanut sinunkin osasi muutosinnosta, yleensa olen pitanyt muutoista ja muutoksista ja kotiudun mielestani nopeasti uusiin paikkoihin. Aina tietysti pitaa jurputtaa siita, miten kaikki oli paremmin jossain muualla. Sun pitaa hankkia lappari ja kuljettaa kotinettia mukanasi! Muun kodin mukanakuljettaminen onkin sitten jo vahan hankalampaa.. Ehka koulukin tana syksyna taas maistuu kunhan paaset vauhtiin. Itse asiassa kadehdin sinua, opiskelijaelama kun oli mielestani mahtavaa.

Yo Aba! We definitely do have milk bags here. My mom told me that they used to have those in Finland too back in the 60's or so. I can send you pics of milk bags if you want! And yea, I know, you have become one of them. You have hidden your inner muumi troll :/

Anna Sigga kirjoitti...

It´s just a part of the fun to be weird.. hehe