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Things I miss since moving to Canada….

Not getting taxed for everything bar breathing, Squash, Grumpy people, Sarcasm, High Street fashion outlets, cheap mobile phones, free banking, DairyMilk that tastes like Dairy Milk, LBC, BBC, NHS – free prescriptions and healthcare (and I thought those were waiting lists; hahaha), Nice cars – they’re all American or Japanese over here, the smell of Fairy washing powder, Miles and Celsius (instead of Km and Fahrenheit), roundabouts (more fun than intersections!) 4 wheel drive supermarket trolleys and supermarkets in general – there’s MUCH more choice in British ones, AND you can shop at them all online and have it delivered, the edgy British music scene, Wagamama‘s, European cafes, decent public transport (the kind that gets you to where you need to go – not a loop round the houses!), small roads, Frank Coopers Marmalade, restaurants that serve something other than variations on fast food, self-raising flour (I get through tonnes of baking powder now), sausages, regional accents (I’d even welcome Brummie with open ears now!), the tub of Garlic & Herb sauce that came free with a Dominos pizza, we have Dominos here, but not Garlic & Herb, and they charge for the sauce…

Things I would miss if I left…..

Plenty of snow-ploughs and salt in the winter, the laid back attitude, splashparks (they’re everywhere), better quality food, wide open space, the great outdoors, the people who like to stop and chat, cream in my coffee, finding out where people are from (so many have come here from somewhere else), the big trucks, open-plan banks (but why do they chain the pens to the counters?), proper fruit juice – none of your concentrate crap, having air con at home, electric garage doors, window screens (stop the mozzies getting in at night – genius!!!) ravines, coyotes howling, wall-to-wall sunshine and blue skies, the lake ABSOLUTELY the lake, intense sunshine, butter tarts, Chapmans ice-cream, Cape Cod style houses, raccoons dawn patrol, sitting on the porch watching the world go by, the enthusiasm for being outside and being active, hot-tubs, the way clothing is referred to as “Apparel”

Have you swapped one country for another? What do you miss? What is impossible to live without?