Yesterday we walked around downtown. xtabay joined the group (we're picking up another IRC person every 12 hours or so I decided.) There are fantastic stores here, it's a real downtown, not like the cruddy over-commercialized strip malls in Kansas City I've seen. Oh, we've got Westport, but it's really not big like this, and I don't go often.
At night we stopped and picked up mtffm, did dinner at a mongolian grill, and had coffee with him an xtabay until midnight or so at a Tim Horton's (there's one on every corner here, it's like starbucks only cultural).
Running List: Canadian Cultural Oddities (will keep updated in further entries maybe)
- The way they say "about" (they say dave and I have accents! what up? we talk like the normal people on TV and stuff!)
- Candy bars! mtffm made us stop in a drug store to show us the whole milk-in-bags phenomenon and we bought tons of interesting candy that doesn't exist in "the states". Nestle stuff mostly.
- Milk in bags. See above. I can't relate to a culture without milk gallons, I mean, what do they make birdfeeders out of in preschool?
- They call stocking caps "tooks" and think we're really funny for not doing so.
- I took money out of my "chequing" (check + queen?) account
- Poutine! It's actually really good, when they said "gravy and fries" I was envisioning our gravy - theirs is totally different, more of a sauce. Anyway they have it everywhere here, even at McDonnald's, but we had it at Moose's on the first night and it was classic.
There will be more to add later, I just need to get off okoshun's computer and go eat lunch :)
end note - my hotel room has a coffee maker and a packet of "american roast" coffee! we win!