Milk in a bag
Although extremely common in some countries around the world including Argentina and Canada, this would be more than weird in the United States. I have lived in the states for some time and I even find this a little weird. I have scoured the pages of Wikipedia and consulted with milk bag professionals of the world but unfortunately still have not found the answer to this perplexing situation. What’s my humble opinion you ask? It’s cheaper to package in a bag than a carton or plastic.
Montreal Style Pizza
What American would possibly ingest a pizza named after a city in Canada? That’s preposterous! If anyone knows Pizza outside of Italy its Americans. Its only the best food in the world right? I actually got into a fight with the owner of a restaurant because I didn’t have any pepperoni in my pizza! Montreal style pizza means that the toppings are under the cheese instead of being on top. This means nothing to you… I know this (pause). With the cheese being on top there is actually more of it (pause). I rest my case.
I know this may seem foreign to some of my American readers. Most Americans are too lazy to recycle (guilty as charged) or we dont want to make the extra effort (guilty again). In Canada they dont “have the option of recycling” or “may recycle”. Recycling and energy conservation are part of their religion, sorry I mean daily part of life. Notice how there are two holes for recycling and only one for garbage in the picture above. Every single restaurant that I have eaten has has the same style garbage bins. The apartment where I am staying the 3 garbage cans are dwarfed by the 20 recycling bins. And dont dare disrespect a Canadian by not recycling. I got caught more than once as I was checking everything off my things to do in Canada list!
It was about 2am in a discoteque on the northern end of Toronto and my buzz was wicked (Toronto slang for awesome). While I was meeting new people and avoiding the weirdos, a wicked (get it yet?) salsa song came on and I was ready to dance. I turned and there was a Chinese man dancing some of the best salsa I have ever seen. I couldn’t look away similar to when you see a bad accident or when two guys kiss in public (was that too much?) . When you see a Chinese man dancing salsa you know the American Dynasty is over. All this talk about China now being the 2nd largest economy in the world means nothing but I digress. I even got hit with culture shock in Toronto when I first arrived in the city
We have Spanish, Ebonics, Texan, Floridian and even English! But French? America is similar in a way that in parts of Miami and Los Angeles you have to speak Spanish to get around. Make a wrong turn in New York Chinatown and you will get lost and don’t bother asking for directions because they all speak Chinese not English. But French? The “frenchest” American’s get is French fries. Amen Mcdonalds, Amen.
Safety in the Projects
The Projects, the ghetto, the hood. Whatever you want you want to call it in the United States you stay as far as possible from it; you don’t drive near it, walk by it, prance through it, or go for kicks and giggles. In America the projects are dangerous unless of course your gangster like Snoop Dogg. The projects in Canada? Not so much. It reminds me of the group of middle school kids that try to form a gang but all they do make loud noises with their superman lunch boxes. Although there were riots and earthquakes in the first week I arrived in Toronto, I only got fireworks thrown at me and saw nudity in my first experience in the Canadian projects. (story coming soon shameless plug I know).