Top 10 things to experience in Canada
I recently travelled in India for three months, and as usual I had an amazing time. Anyone who reads Breathedreamgo for more than 20 seconds will know that I am passionate about travelling in India. And it’s true — travel in India restored my enthusiasm for life when I needed it most; and there is a magic in India that just can’t be found anywhere else.
But then one day — December 14, 2012, to be exact — I was in Goa and I suddenly got homesick. Homesick like I have never been before. I wrote about it in There’s no place like home. As exciting as India is, I just wanted to get back to Canada.
I wanted to see my niece, make tea in my own kitchen and watch the snow falling gently in the backyard. I wanted to stretch out and enjoy the space, the big sky, the fresh air. I wanted to be among people who line up, drive in their own lane and don’t stare at you as you walk down the street.
I wanted to be home. So, I am joining the #MyCanada blog tag to share:
My top 10 things to experience in Canada
While most of my fellows Canadian travel bloggers participating in the #MyCanada blog tag are extolling the rugged beauty of the Canadian wilderness, the liveliness of Canada’s cities, the fun to be had at winter festivals and summer outings, toques, Tim Horton’s, hockey, maple syrup and saying eh?… I’m just happy to celebrate:
- Even, unbroken pavement. You can wear pretty shoes with heels and not worry you’re going to twist your ankle!
- Continuous power. No more playing “what do I need to recharge now because I might not be able to later.”
- Central heating. When I was in Delhi this winter, the temperature one day dropped to a low of 2 C. and a high of 9 C. — and I experienced what it’s like to live in a meat locker. They don’t have heating systems in Delhi because most of the time, they’re trying to keep heat out! And did I mention the solid marble floors?
- Lineups. Oh the joy of getting off the subway car when everyone waiting to get in stands in line patiently outside the car until you’re out.
- Salad. You can shut your eyes, enjoy the crunchiness and fresh flavour and not worry about getting sick.
- Tap Water. After three months in India, the first thing I did when I landed at Pearson International Airport in Toronto was go into the washroom, turn on the tap, drink directly from it, and exclaim loudly, “I’m home!” Yes, you can drink it. Straight up. And you will live.
- Shorts and tank tops. Women can walk with confidence and safety in Canada, even if they are wearing “skimpy” clothing.
- Taxis. You get in, they turn the meter on and say, “Where ‘ya goin’ lady?” and when you get there, you pay the fare on the meter then you get out. Sigh.
- Trains. Not only do they run on time, but they are clean, with plush, comfy seats, clear windows, and an old-fashioned air of civilized decorum. I love taking the train in Canada for the efficiency and comfort.
- Decency. Canadians are truly decent people and we demonstrate it in so many ways. After travelling the world, there is SO MUCH I appreciate about Canada: the commitment to equality, the respect for human rights, the social safety net, the open immigration policy, the multiculturalism, the efficiency, the universal healthcare system, the education-for-all, the low crime rate, the prohibition on capital punishment, and on and on. I am even loving the current snow storm here in Toronto. I love you Canada!
Thanks to Pamela McNaughtan of Savoir Faire Abroad for starting this blog tag that celebrates Canada, and all the wonderful things you can experience here. And thanks to Arienne Parzei of See You Soon for tagging me! Be sure to follow the hashtag #MyCanada to see all the post that Canadian travel bloggers have written. I’m now tagging David Jon Fuller and Little Gray Bird and Karrie Mendoza of Family Food an Travel.
If you enjoyed this post, you can….
Get updates and read additional stories on the Breathedreamgo Facebook page.
Buy Song of India, a collection of 10 feature stories about my travels in India. E-book version is now only $1.99.
Subscribe to the free — and inspiring! — e-newsletter, Travel That Changes You.