When you live in Georgia, you sometimes forget that people have actual weather problems in the north. And seeing all the snow that Boston got this winter just doesn’t cut it. This got me thinking. What other differences are there between the North and the South?
Lucky for you, I have the wonderful Mar from To & Fro (she lives in Canada) to help me with today’s post. So, I give you:
Mar: Speaking of the beach, in Ontario we have plenty of them as we are located on the Great Lakes! Canada as a whole is blessed with a stunning variety of landscapes, seascapes, flora and fauna. From the Rocky Mountains, Prairies, Arctic Tundra and Maritimes, to polar bears, beavers and moose, Canada’s natural heritage is extremely diverse.
Mar: Like the US, the official language is English. However, unlike the US, many parts of the country are bilingual, with French as a second language. Anyone who has spent time on both sides of the border knows that there are many subtle differences in the English spoken in both countries. For example, up in the land of red and white, we spell words like “neighbour” and “colour” with an “-our” instead of “-or”. I can’t forget to mention the token Canadian accent and good ol’ “eh”, which follows pretty much every sentence by habit.
Kristyn: Ahh the language. Depending on how deep in the south you are, you will hear lots of “y’alls” and sometimes you might not be able to understand someone. Some accents are nice and thick, while in large cities like Atlanta, you will rarely hear an accent. I have lived in and around Atlanta my whole life and I don’t have an accent (so I have been told).
Mar: Poutine, aka french fries with cheese and gravy. While the combo may sound and look disgusting, it is actually quite delicious. Whoever thought of tossing in cheese to the boring fries and gravy mix, is a genius in my books. Ketchup chips do exist, and are also extremely delicious.
Kristyn: I can’t think of the South and not think of BBQ. It doesn’t matter where you go, there is probably a mom and pop resturant boasting the best BBQ in the South. And they could be right. Also, any side dish that is cooked in bacon grease is a winner in my book. BBQ, mac and cheese and collards with corn bread is like a key to my heart.
Mar: When thinking of typical Canadian beverages, there are two that come to mind. No, we do not drink maple syrup. For anyone that has spent some time in Canada, you can’t go very far without passing a Tim Horton’s. Much like Dunkin Donuts in the US, Tim Horton’s is the coffee of choice for most Canadians. Another beverage of choice is the Caesar, also known as the Canadian Bloody Mary. While the two are similar, Caesars are made with clamato juice instead of tomato juice, and in my opinion are much better that way. The drinking age up here is also 19 in most Canadian provinces.
Kristyn: Down in the south, Coke refers to any soda beverage. After you say you want a Coke, the waiter will probably ask you what type: Diet Coke, Sprite, Coke Zero, ect. We don’t say “soda” or “pop”…you Northerns are weird that way. Also, sweet tea runs rampant down here. The sweeter the better, in my opinion. Oh an Pepsi products are not allowed.
What else should be added to this list?