Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Back in the USA

After a month of traveling about eastern Canada, we are now in Vermont for a week of relaxation from all of the touring we have been doing.  We thought we would take a moment and reflect on what we will miss and won’t miss about Canada:

What we will miss:

  • Incredibly beautiful scenery
  • The natural wonder of the Bay of Fundy
  • Fantastic seafood
  • Courteous and helpful people who would ask if we needed help if we had our map out
  • Great cities – St John, Moncton, Charlottetown, Halifax, Quebec, Montreal
  • History that parallels that of the United States, but is also quite unique

And what won’t we miss:

  • Cell phone roaming charges of 65 cents a minute
  • Data roaming charges that were even more ridiculous (we turned off our data services to keep from possibly using them) – why does cell and data have to cost so much just because you cross the northern border?
  • Poutine – although fascinating to try, a dish that is french fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy, is a heart attack waiting to happen.
  • Getting light out at 4:15 a.m.
  • Fuel prices that are about a dollar a gallon higher for diesel and about a dollar and half higher for gas.
  • Sales tax as high as 15% in total in some Provinces.
  • The transaction fees on credit card usage – $3 per $100 after they already make money on the buy/sell spread.
  • The MOOSE we were excited to see but never saw in spite of the many warning signs.




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