15 Annoying Things About Being A Canadian Expat

“So, where in America are you from?”

1. When Someone Asks: “Oh, do you mean ice hockey?”

ICE HOCKEY IS THE ONLY HOCKEY OF IMPORTANCE. Field hockey is not a point of discussion.

2. Not being able buy THIS glorious stuff at 2am after a boozy night

Dear god, just give me some poutine. Is that so much to ask, world?

3. Having to explain why THIS GUY is still our prime minister

Look, we have a broken system, okay?

Sorry, world. Love, Canada.

4. Nobody around you understands what a legend this man was

We all miss you, Jack.

5. “So, where in America are you from?”

Look, I love Americans. I absolutely adore them!

…but do you have any idea how irritating it is not to have a unique accent?!

Even Wolverine struggles with this!

6. Once revealing you’re Canadian, being unable to stop talking about being Canadian

I will probably tell you about every celebrity, musician and TV show to come out of Canada in chronological order, whilst wearing a tuque. I’ll also probably regale you with stories of every single cultural nuance I can think of.

Sorry, it’s like word vomit.

7. Or, occasionally getting this question: “But seriously….how is it different from America?”

And promptly directing them here: maplesyrupsweats.tumblr.com

8. Having to explain the significance of April 20th

To be fair, I think this might only apply to expats who live outside of North America.

9. When you can’t take part in Roll Up The Rim season

Not that you ever won anything, anyways.

10. When you live in a warmer climate and people complain about “winter”

Please, tell me how much this light dusting of snow is affecting your life.

*This one does not apply to Vancouverites. Wimps.

11. Having a spiritual connection with a fictional character

I’d go to the Hoser Hut with you any day, Robin.

12. The reaction of actual French people when you use your mangled Canadian Franglais

This is way worse if you’re Acadian. Have you ever heard Acadian French?!

*Does not apply to actual French speaking Quebecers, for obvious English-hating reasons.

13. Being abroad for July 1st and missing Canada Day parties

Somebody just get me a Molson and some Ketchup chips, please

14. Clinging to other Canadians abroad, even though you promised yourself you wouldn’t

I can’t help it. My fellow countrymen are just so gosh darn nice.

15. And missing Canada, no matter where in the world you are

The world is filled with seriously beautiful places, and as Canadians, we’re lucky enough to be able to get out and explore the world with few restrictions.

But we always miss home.

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