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    March 19, 2009

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    Lisa

    They don't have proper bacon here. Just the streaky stuff. (There were a NUMBER of mentions of this - now I want to know what UK Bacon is like!)
    - What the Brits call streaky is what we call side. Yes you can get back bacon here and in the US they call it Canadian bacon.

    The radio.
    - Listen to CBC

    There's humour but it's different. Corner Gas, Little Mosque on the Prairie, etc.
    - All the US comedians are from Canada.

    There's still snow on the ground in April.
    - Some of these comments sound like they came from a person who visited Calgary once and say, "In Canada, they.." (Or lived in Belo Horizonte and now say, "In Brasil..." like I do. I never travelled out of Minas Gerais in fact.)
    Some places get no snow. Some stores are open 24 hrs. Some provinces just began opening on Sunday. (NS)

    I have read Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw and it is excellent. Packed full of interesting info about Cdn history. (And I am from Moose Jaw)

    GingerV

    sounds like a complaint list from expats living in Brasil with a few variations that mean the same thing...I love carot cake with cream cheese dressing but my roots are just south of the Canadian border.

    Daily Rio Life

    Thanks Lisa!

    I feel totally educated on bacon now! I admit I was VERY confused by the whole bacon thing :)

    Personally I watch Rick Mercer every week from Brazil and think he is totally hilarious. You're right a lot of the big comedians in the US are Canadian such as Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, etc.

    I need to crack into Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw. I hear there's actually a fantastic spa there! My grandparents used to live in Regina so I passed through Moose Jaw a lot as a kid. There is an air show there too, right?

    GingerV - Admittedly some of the complaints do sound a lot like mine! ie as frivolous and silly. PS Carrot cake with cream cheese icing is the best. My mom freezes hers to have it handy to quickly pull out, and I discovered after a long night at the bar once when I was visiting her that it is really good frozen too...

    Grosse Fatigue

    Hello:

    Well I am considering doing exactly the opposite: moving from Canada to Brazil. I already lived 7 years in Brazil, moved to New York for 4 years, and decided to move to Québec.
    After 5 years, I am fed up.
    Oh yes, Canada is a nice country (unbearably cold in my opinion). It's quiet, secure, for bureaucracy it is a paradise (believe me, I have lived in other countries too). They have a generous social system (health care, etc...), they are very tolerant with immigrant (sometime too much tolerant). It's a great country, with no extreme, nothing impressive, nothing very bad. It's excellent for a quiet family, with a normal job, for people who wants the average life.
    But there's nothing exciting in Canada. Food in the English side is bad, much better in the French side. Nothing really beautiful, unless you do hundreds of kms to find it, no real great architecture, a general culture level quite bad (oh yes, the average in Brazil is bad, but the educated Brazilian has much more refinement and ambitious than the Canadian).
    Montreal is nice, but dirty, and Quebecois are almost apathetic with their destiny. Toronto is a sub New York, with no sophistication, bad food, and will soon be dominated by Chinese or Indian. Oh Yes Vancouver. The landscape is great, but the city is nothing exciting. If you like to go to bed after 9PM, Vancouver is the city to go. Forget about other places in Canada, better going to Antarctica, parts of Canada such as New Brunswick, are almost third world, totally mediocre, totally underdeveloped. Unless you like the sensation of emptiness, and meaningless, forget about it.
    In other word, I would recommend to move to Canada, if you have nothing else in mind than quiet life and security (if you really want to make money go to the US, not Canada).
    That's why I am going back to Brazil, its a much more exciting, beautiful, and ambitious country.

    Daily Rio Life

    It is always interesting to see things from the other side.

    Many of our Canadian friends have commented that Canada would seem "boring" to us after living in Brazil. It is probably true. However, some of the "excitement" we experience here is not positive (though much of it is) so it depends on the day, I think!

    One thing is for sure - it is much easier to see how the grass is green on the other side when you are not living in a country, and to put the country you are not living in on a pedastol.

    Eastern Canada is very cold because it is humid. It's amazing how different the temperatures can feel with different humidity levels.

    I would be interested in hearing more of what your thoughts are about Brazilians being more ambitious. My experiences have been quite the opposite, which is why I am so interested.

    It sounds like by returning to Brazil, you are making the right choice for what you value in your life and path, all the best with your move. Where in Brazil are you locating to? Also - are you Brazilian?

    Nina

    hahah this Canadian post was absolutely Brilliant... I'm currently on the other end of the story, wanting to change my Sorels in from Havianas. I'm a Canadian who lived in Brasil last year and fell in love with it. I lived in Rio Grand Do Sul and Floripa for 8 months. I'm currentin Korea teaching English.. (shaking my head) How did I come here after Brasil?????? I'm currently tryinf to find a job in the Advertising and Communications field.. Any help with this would be wonderful. Please email me- nina_maclelland@hotmail.com... Bejois.. nina

    Daily Rio Life

    Hi Nina
    Thanks! I have a friend who just moved to Korea to teach English as well. I just emailed you about a marketing position... funny I worked in the ad/communications field as well back home. Talk to you soon.

    International Jobs in Montreal

    This post is just awesome! A lot of things I've learned about Canada and the perks of living a life of an expat.

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