Andrew at Time Square- with his Canadian Beaver shirt... :)
The trip really was amazing. Some quick things I noticed....
Canadian & American differences:
- The accent. Really I can't get over it. No matter how "neutral" the American accent, it's still there. Very cool :)
- The food portions are bigger. Julia from Color Me Green met us on our first evening and was our guide to a fabulous restaurant in the East Village called "Back Forty". Local food and beer it was yummy, but my "chicken" dish actually had TWO whole chicken breasts and two potatoes!
- You can order your burger to "done-ness"... which Andrew was surprised. In Canada restaurants are required to cook all ground beef to "well-done" by law.
- "American vs Canadian" cheese. In Canada, cheddar cheese is just that. But I had forgotten that for some reason in the states it's classified as "American vs Canadian". I'm pretty sure there isn't really a difference, cheddar cheese is the same here as in the states. hehe.
- We know a LOT about the states... but the opposite isn't necessarily true (lol). I can name about 50% of the states, which I gotta say is pretty darn impressive :) Must be all the american tv and media we get up here.
- Spelling. I just assumed that my American readers would recognize that my "our" (colour) and "re" (centre) words were British spelling and not misspelled. It was pointed out during training though with some confusion as to why it was wrongly spelled... hah.
- American flags are everywhere. Even on non-government buildings.
At our first ever broadway play- "Wicked" (awesome btw), supposedly they are "greener than ever"... exactly how I'm not sure.
I stand in line for a few minutes in the cacophony of sound and realize eventually that I was supposed to have grabbed a plastic container with my "greens". Lose my place in line to choose spinach. Stand back in line and notice a sign with instructions on building your own salad. The instructions are pretty specific, with steps and specific required choices per option. I look over to see what other New Yorkers are doing... annnd they seem to just be ordering whatever the heck they want from random ingredients. The ingredient buffet seriously does *not* match the specific sign instructions.
Holy crap. I just want to ask the salad dude what is the deal... but everyone is shouting out orders and demanding the next person "hurry up!!!".
When he looks over at me and starts "NEXT!!!!" I freeze... panic... "uhhhhh" spin around with a frantic "nevermind!" and quickly place the plastic spinach bowl back. LMAO. I am so not a New Yorker!
In any case, it's nice getting back to Halifax with celcius and centimetres. Strangely we both left NYC completely empty handed. No new purchases at all.
That is a feat of restraint :)
New York City... near my training and our hotel...
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