I moved to Florida from Toronto nearly two years ago. I wouldn’t classify it as a culture shock, but definitely a culture adjustment. So if you’re making the move down south, get familiar with these 10 things.
10. College Football Is an Addiction You’ll Never Understand
In Canada, you went to school, graduated and then got on with it. In America, every Saturday people wear their Alma Mater’s colors with pride. It’s an addiction that you’ll never understand.
9. Alcohol Is Much Cheaper, Like so Much Cheaper
You will notice that nights out tend to be a little lighter on the wallet. And well, yes the beer is also lighter.
8. Expect a Confused Look When You Ask Where the Washroom Is
The more you have to go to the washroom, the sooner you’ll realize you’re better off just calling it a bathroom or restroom.
7. You’ll Most Likely Have to Watch Hockey Alone
This is a reality. You, the couch and the Vancouver Canucks.
6. You’ll End up in Passionate Conversations About Rob Ford, Justin Bieber and Drake
Once people find out you’re Canadian, you can expect a barrage of questions about the Biebs, Drizzy and the infamous Rob Ford.
5. You’ll Have to Get Used to How Long a Mile Is and What 60 Degrees Fahrenheit Feels Like
Though you will want to argue the validity of the Metric System, just don’t. You’re now going to spend the next year of your life figuring out how hot 68 degrees is.
4. People Will Make Fun of How Polite You Are
This actually will happen. Sorry about that.
3. Anytime It’s Remotely Cold, People Will Say, “Oh You’re Used to This Right?”
Just because we’re from the Tundra doesn’t mean we love it. You’ll have to explain that you equally dislike the cold.
2. You Will Realize That You Do Actually Have an Accent
It’s a-boat time to say sore-y.
1. You’ll Realize That Living in the US Is Actually Pretty Awesome and Not Much Different Than Home
You’ll realize pretty quickly that you’re living in an awesome country. Even if their hockey team is subpar.