Monday, April 30, 2012

Neighbors

I have spent my entire life living in the United States (with exception for this last month)
I can't really complain, it's a great place to live.
Granted, in the past few years, the economy has sucked,
and finding a job nearly impossible-
and don't get me started on healthcare.
But, overall, I am so fortunate to have grown up in such a great place,
California, no less.

It is surprising, however, that I have never really given much thought to Canada-
my neighbor.
I started thinking more and more about Canada when I arrived in Germany.  
After all, Canada for me, is a little like France or Spain to Germany.
So close, it's easy to forget they exist.

Montreal, for example, is a city I can actually see myself enjoying if I ever found myself craving city living.
It has history, outdoor activities, festivals, parks, and green living real estate options- something our world desperately needs more of.
Montreal seems to have it all- at least for me.
Minus the French speaking part,
I would be a little lost in that department.

Although I may never call Montreal, or any of Canada, my home,
it is a definite place to consider should the opportunity present itself.

One thing I have learned since I moved to Germany is that anything is possible.
Just because I was born and raised in California, 
does not necessarily mean it will be my home forever-
something I think I've already proven.
I have also learned that I have great neighbors-
neighbors I should visit if I ever get a chance,
maybe bring them a basket of muffins (or just some cash to support tourism, same same).

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22 comments:

English Anderson said...

I kick myself daily for having lived eight hours from the border in Minnesota, but never visiting Canada. And you can bet your butt that I will be making that trip as soon as we move back to the States. Vancouver, here I come!

English
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MuahhWhosThatChic said...

Hii hope your doing good you have a pretty amazing life god bless you !! Hey i have a book that you will love is call the secret magic.

Sarahcastically said...

I've only been to Canada once, when we took a family vacation to Michigan and spent a night across the border just to say we did it, but I would love to visit for real. I actually know a lot of people who live there (in Calgary and Toronto, mainly) that I would love to go see, so it's only a matter of time before I finally go. And I think it would be cool to spend a summer just visiting all the coolest places in each province. (Obviously I have given this a lot of thought, haha.)

Karla said...

One can only dream! Those pictures are breathtaking. I seriously give props to anyone that can move away from their “hometown” especially California!
But like you said why cant out “home” be anywhere that makes us happy!

Lauren said...

I may be a tad bias since I live here, but I happen to think Canada is gorgeous :) But even Canadians are at fault for not taking advantage of everything there is to see here. We just got back from Germany and London and it was amazing but it also made me realize how much I want to see the rest of my country too :) Montreal is top of my list to see! Hope you're still having an amazing time!! Oh and I'd also love to visit California :)

cynthia said...

My Dad was born in Canada and most of his family is still there. I have taken many trips to visit. Toronto is a fabulous big city, with clean/easy to navigate subways and nice people. And Vancouver is a very "West Coast" type of (smaller) city. Beautiful, green, lots to do and see. Again, very nice people. Canadians are nice people, in general. :)

Alyx said...

Never been to Canada... but it's on my list!
So nice meeting you today!!

Sophie said...

im dying to get to Canada! would love to spend some time in Vancouver and then do a massive ski trip! love dreaming...

Alesha said...

I've visited several times. Lake Louise an Lake Moraine in Ontario are the most beautiful places on the planet! And my hubby and I went to Whistler for our honeymoon...Canada has a special place in my heart! =)
Alesha <3

Stephanie said...

Vancouver BC isn't far from us, and I've been a couple times. It's pretty much exactly like Washington State. It's BEAUTIFUL there!

Lauren said...

I've been to Montreal once and it was fabulous! I dream of going back again, if only for a few days. And Toronto was quite lovely as well :)

dreaming en francais said...

Great point.. I'm a SoCal girl myself and don't really think about our neighbor much! I've been to Toronto once years ago, but would absolutely love to visit Montreal! xo

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bailey j said...

im a bit biased but canada is pretty great. a move to cali is in my future as thats where my boyfriend resides and attends university so im thinking in the opposite way you are. living in the states doesnt exactly strike my fancy but we will see how things go :)

montreal is fabulous! i need to visit soon. :)

xx
bailey

Kristin W said...

Whoa. With such a love for travel, how the hell have I not considered Canada?! Cheap-ish flights (less than Europe) but with the same feel?! Putting it on the travel list!

Erica [pocket full of chuckles] said...

i always feel like i should visit canada more often. i went for the first time when i was 10 on a family vacation and i don't think i had the appreciation for the country that i would have now.

Ben & Cassie said...

I am from Alberta Canada and my husband is from Montreal and we are going back to visit quebec this summer. I love everything about Canada, and you are right it gets overlooked. It is truly amazing, i hope you have the chance to visit someday! Thanks for the CANADA shout out!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Canada is so beautiful and clean and it's always interesting to experience the culture. When my husband and I were in Europe last year, we met a very nice Canadian couple and we have sworn to go up and visit them soon! It's a lovely place!

Kelly said...

I would love to visit Canada. I hear it is beautiful! I went to Rome.10 + years ago I would love to go again it's just so expensive!

Kelly said...

I would love to visit Canada. I hear it is beautiful! I went to Rome.10 + years ago I would love to go again it's just so expensive!

Kelly said...

I would love to visit Canada. I hear it is beautiful! I went to Rome.10 + years ago I would love to go again it's just so expensive!

Kelly said...

I would love to visit Canada. I hear it is beautiful! I went to Rome.10 + years ago I would love to go again it's just so expensive!

Unpublished Life said...

I must admit I have never been to Canada, and (much like other countries) has never been on my list of places to see.

But, it is now!

Sounds like a marvellous country.

Cold though ... ?

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