Day 3: No, Me First

SURPRISE! I’m in Canada. Toronto, to be specific. I’m here to see my beloved Red Sox play the Blue Jays and boy, it’s been interesting. Today, I’m going to tell you 5 misconceptions I had about Canada. 5. The Big… Maple Leaf? Ok, call me stupid but I didn’t realize that (outside Vancouver) Canada was so urban. Toronto is just high rise after high rise after high rise, it’s nuts! Not to mention, the weekend traffic rivals NYC. I was able to see some beautiful farm land and residential neighborhoods but I was very surprised to see so much commercial development. 4. Niagara MallsCanada is getting their COIN. I, in my naivety, thought Niagara Falls would be in a forest or National Park or something, you know, natural. Hell nah. Straight across from this natural wonder is a full-out, Las Vegas-type casino complete with dozens more hotels, arcades, and every entertainment venture known to man. I respect the game but that was wholly unexpected. 3. It’s all about the money, money, money. Everything is so commercial! At least in Toronto. I’ve never seen so many dentist… stores? They don’t look like American dentist offices at all! There are stores everywhere. Car dealership after car dealership after car dealership! Props to you, Toronto. You must be doing something right. 2. America what? I know Europe had their hand in literally every country way back when but I did not expect Canada and America to be SO different. In fact, Canada reminds me way more of Europe than it does the U.S., the country it literally touches. Upstate NY and the Southern border of Canada are ridiculously close but outside of Niagara Falls where half of the attraction is U.S. territory, there isn’t much U.S. influence. 1. Canadians aren’t all that polite. OK so this might just be an Internet meme but I thought Canadians were supposed to be hella polite. I thought that would mean that Canada’s big cities wouldn’t be full of asshole like America’s are. WRONG! Not only are people impolite but they’ve adopted the European custom of just walking at you/into you no matter what. Mind you, I studied in Ireland and adopted the European fast-walk and perfected the weave and bob technique and I’m still flustered by these people. Disclaimer though, it may just be a Toronto problem because I’ve met a few Blue Jays fans from the outskirts of Ontario and they have been very friendly and kind. Well, that’s all, eh. Maple syrup and moose.xoxo,Gossip Glav