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!