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This post has been long time coming! In my 'Tour of Alberta Vol.1' I promised pictures of snowy mountain tops and I am here to deliver that promise! So sit back, grab a cuppa and come along as we explore the Rockies!
Back in December our friend came from Finland to visit us and we of course took her to the mountains! We stayed in Calgary for one night and the morning we headed to the Rockies. Going to the Rockies is like going to a Summer cabin in Finland. It doesn't matter what life situation you are in. There is just this peace that surrounds you when you get there. As if the mountains would say 'It will be ok'. Might sounds weird.. but it's true! I know a lot of Albertans wouldn't agree at least if we talk about Banff in the same sentence. That is because the town of Banff is so touristy and busy that it isn't like you are there just by yourself with the mountains. It might look like that, but we are just clever when taking the pictures and cropping the tourists ;) But I still think that if someone comes to see me and I have the choice of showing them Banff or Jasper, I would pick the first one. And that's exactly what we did in December!
I love how you can see the mountains far away and you just can't help but start taking photos! That's what I did when Stephen first took me there. That's what I still do! And that's what my friend did. It's hard to understand that you will actually see these huge 'rocks' wayyyyy closer. But they just are so intriguing and amazing and what's that word...majestic that as soon as you see them, you want to capture their beauty.

Town of Banff is in the National Park, so you can't actually just buy property and live there, unless you work there. Not that we would, because we are not millionaires (newsflash) but it would be cool! The town of Canmore that is the town before Banff in the other had has grown a lot int he past decades and become the next 'Banff'. It is more affordable and you can buy property there, but again, not cheap.

We ended up checking in our hotel and heading for lunch as soon as we got to Banff. After lunch we decided to go and see the Bow Falls and walked up to see the Hotel Fairmont. Because we sure weren't staying there ;) Funny story: I had thought that it wold be nice to get some hot chocolate from their cafe and little did we know when we got to the top they were giving out hot chocolate and you could roast marshmallows. We also saw Santa and got a picture with him! I know this all was meant for the hotel guests buuuuuuuuut. We just might have gone with the flow ;) We ended up touring around the hotel and warming up since it was pretty cold outside before heading back to our hotel.

The next day we had a busy day. Since we had a 11 month old with us we had woken up early so we were ready to hit the road before the sunrise. We drove to Lake Louise and enjoyed seeing the sunrise and the sun shining over the mountains just as we got to the lake. If you have ever seen a photo of a lake that looks perfect and blue it has most likely been Lake Louise or Moraine Lake. Unfortunately we weren't able to go to Moraine Lake since the roads are closed at winter.

People were on the ice walking and taking pictures and some people even skating! We did everything else except for the skating part. It was a great time to come because the lighting was perfect and we could still find parking! There is a beautiful hotel (Fairmont once again :D) just next to the lake so we ended up going there and having our second breakfast. 
After getting some food we continued to Silverton Falls. Or we tried. The trail was so icy that we didn't dare to go since my friend's foot still wasn't 100% and I had our son on my back. Oh and we were pretty sure we saw cougar prints which didn't want us to go any further either! Instead we went ended up going to Johnston Canyon! 
Johnston canyon is literally a canyon and there is board walk that hugs the mountain. If you don't like heights, it can be scary, but worth it ;) At the end of the walk the prize is a waterfall! Again, I do want to point out that you are not alone! You literally wait for your turn to go inside this cave to get a closer look at the waterfall, take your picture and give your spot to someone else! In the summer it's just pure crazyness with all the tourists!

Monday was our last day in town, so we decided to take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain! I had never done it in winter, but it was so worth it! (Though it was freezing once again!) Sun was out and we had a beautiful blue clear sky! There is a boardwalk you can walk from a mountain top to another. And at the end of the walk there is a little hut that was the weather station back in the day! The views  from the top are incredible!

It was great to be able to show these amazing spots to our friend. As Albertans, we often take the Rockies for granted, but for a lot of people it's a once in a lifetime experience! It was an awesome trip and felt like the cherry on top of the cake- kinda trip. My friend loved it!


Have you ever been to the mountains? If so, where? If not, where would you like to go?

Psssst! I only decided to write this post in English since it became longer than I had anticipated and was worried that I would never be able to translate it before another 4 weeks has gone past. SO, my question for you is (for you Finns): Do you mind reading in English? Writing each blog post in two languages takes a lot of time so I am really considering to narrowing it to just one.. And since I also have quite a few readers from Canada and elsewhere, English seems like the right language to choose. Please let me know your thoughts :)



TOUR OF ALBERTA VOL.2

Saturday, March 24, 2018

This post has been long time coming! In my 'Tour of Alberta Vol.1' I promised pictures of snowy mountain tops and I am here to deliver that promise! So sit back, grab a cuppa and come along as we explore the Rockies!
Back in December our friend came from Finland to visit us and we of course took her to the mountains! We stayed in Calgary for one night and the morning we headed to the Rockies. Going to the Rockies is like going to a Summer cabin in Finland. It doesn't matter what life situation you are in. There is just this peace that surrounds you when you get there. As if the mountains would say 'It will be ok'. Might sounds weird.. but it's true! I know a lot of Albertans wouldn't agree at least if we talk about Banff in the same sentence. That is because the town of Banff is so touristy and busy that it isn't like you are there just by yourself with the mountains. It might look like that, but we are just clever when taking the pictures and cropping the tourists ;) But I still think that if someone comes to see me and I have the choice of showing them Banff or Jasper, I would pick the first one. And that's exactly what we did in December!
I love how you can see the mountains far away and you just can't help but start taking photos! That's what I did when Stephen first took me there. That's what I still do! And that's what my friend did. It's hard to understand that you will actually see these huge 'rocks' wayyyyy closer. But they just are so intriguing and amazing and what's that word...majestic that as soon as you see them, you want to capture their beauty.

Town of Banff is in the National Park, so you can't actually just buy property and live there, unless you work there. Not that we would, because we are not millionaires (newsflash) but it would be cool! The town of Canmore that is the town before Banff in the other had has grown a lot int he past decades and become the next 'Banff'. It is more affordable and you can buy property there, but again, not cheap.

We ended up checking in our hotel and heading for lunch as soon as we got to Banff. After lunch we decided to go and see the Bow Falls and walked up to see the Hotel Fairmont. Because we sure weren't staying there ;) Funny story: I had thought that it wold be nice to get some hot chocolate from their cafe and little did we know when we got to the top they were giving out hot chocolate and you could roast marshmallows. We also saw Santa and got a picture with him! I know this all was meant for the hotel guests buuuuuuuuut. We just might have gone with the flow ;) We ended up touring around the hotel and warming up since it was pretty cold outside before heading back to our hotel.

The next day we had a busy day. Since we had a 11 month old with us we had woken up early so we were ready to hit the road before the sunrise. We drove to Lake Louise and enjoyed seeing the sunrise and the sun shining over the mountains just as we got to the lake. If you have ever seen a photo of a lake that looks perfect and blue it has most likely been Lake Louise or Moraine Lake. Unfortunately we weren't able to go to Moraine Lake since the roads are closed at winter.

People were on the ice walking and taking pictures and some people even skating! We did everything else except for the skating part. It was a great time to come because the lighting was perfect and we could still find parking! There is a beautiful hotel (Fairmont once again :D) just next to the lake so we ended up going there and having our second breakfast. 
After getting some food we continued to Silverton Falls. Or we tried. The trail was so icy that we didn't dare to go since my friend's foot still wasn't 100% and I had our son on my back. Oh and we were pretty sure we saw cougar prints which didn't want us to go any further either! Instead we went ended up going to Johnston Canyon! 
Johnston canyon is literally a canyon and there is board walk that hugs the mountain. If you don't like heights, it can be scary, but worth it ;) At the end of the walk the prize is a waterfall! Again, I do want to point out that you are not alone! You literally wait for your turn to go inside this cave to get a closer look at the waterfall, take your picture and give your spot to someone else! In the summer it's just pure crazyness with all the tourists!

Monday was our last day in town, so we decided to take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain! I had never done it in winter, but it was so worth it! (Though it was freezing once again!) Sun was out and we had a beautiful blue clear sky! There is a boardwalk you can walk from a mountain top to another. And at the end of the walk there is a little hut that was the weather station back in the day! The views  from the top are incredible!

It was great to be able to show these amazing spots to our friend. As Albertans, we often take the Rockies for granted, but for a lot of people it's a once in a lifetime experience! It was an awesome trip and felt like the cherry on top of the cake- kinda trip. My friend loved it!


Have you ever been to the mountains? If so, where? If not, where would you like to go?

Psssst! I only decided to write this post in English since it became longer than I had anticipated and was worried that I would never be able to translate it before another 4 weeks has gone past. SO, my question for you is (for you Finns): Do you mind reading in English? Writing each blog post in two languages takes a lot of time so I am really considering to narrowing it to just one.. And since I also have quite a few readers from Canada and elsewhere, English seems like the right language to choose. Please let me know your thoughts :)




Disclaimer: Kaikki postauksen ajatukset ja mielipiteet ovat omiani eikä niitä kannata ottaa liian vakavasti ;)


 1. Ihmiset puhuvat vaikka eivät sinua tuntisi. Kassajonossa, hississä, kaupassa... You name it!

2. Kun Suomi-ikävä iskee menen Ikeaan. Pohjaratkaisu on jopa sama kuin Suomessa! Kyllä, tiedän että en ole ruotsalainen, mutta rakastan irtokarkkeja ja näkkileipää. Ja lihapullia! Ei unohdeta Ikean maailman kuuluisia lihapullia!

3. Astiankuivauskaappia on tullut ikävä moneen otteeseen. Ja sitä pidettä siellä vessassa! Jätän tämän tähän..

4. Saat takana olevan auton tööttäämään, jos et käänny punaisella oikealle. Täällä se siis on laillista.

5. Tänne muuttaessa sanoin Stephenille, että minähän en täällä sitten autoa aja. No, toisin kävi. Julkinen liikenne kun on vähän eri luokkaa mitä Suomessa.

6. Hampurilaisia. Hampurilaisia.  En ole eläessäni syönyt näin monta hampurilaista! 

7. Kantri- musiikki on se juttu. Ei minun suosikki, mutta monen kanadalaisen! Iskelmää en sen sijaan ole täällä kuullut..

8. Kaupassa ei tarvitse punnita HeVi osaston tuotteita. Ne punnitaan kassalla. Hedelmät ja vihannekset ilmoitetaan kaupassa joko kiloissa (kg) tai punnissa (lb). Riippuen siis ihan tuotteesta. Olen siis suosiolla luovuttanut, että alkaisin niitä kaikki kääntämään kilohintaan. Myös ulkolämpötila mitataan celsiusasteissa ja uunin lämpötila taas farenheiteissa.

9. Ihmiset rakastavat Take Out- kahveja. Ja termareita! Mulla on tuolla keittiön kaapissa myös muutama.. 

10. Jono Tim Hortonsin drive-thrussa saattaa olla kilometrin pitkä, mutta sisällä ei jonota ketään.

11. Bussit pysähtyvät joka pysäkillä, joten niitä ei tarvitse pysäytellä. Mutta toisin kuin Suomessa, täällä ei rattaiden kanssa pääse matkustamaan ilmaiseksi..

12. Jokaisen unelma täällä on ostaa talo. Ja se iso Ford F150! Mä en ole eläissäni Suomessa edes nähnyt tollasta pick up truckkia!

13.  Vanhemmat ihmiset ovat usein palvelualoilla. Ja tarkoitan tällä jo eläkkeelle päässeitä!

14. Kanadalaiset rakastavat heidän huppareita ja kollareita. 

15. Autoja ei täällä laiteta tolpan nokkaan. Ne jätetään ulos jäätymään tai laitetaan parkkihalliin. Ja pidetään sormet ristissä ja toivotaan että auto käynnistyy aamulla kun asteita on se -25°C

16. Jos käyt Wendy's pikaruokaravintolassa ja tilaat keskikokoisen limun, saat n.1l juotavaa.

17. Jos kauppaan mennessä sinulla ei ole omia kauppakasseja mukana, niin kannat ostokset kotiin miljoonassa eri kauppakassissa ja luultavasti pohjat tippuvat jo ennen kun kerkiät kotiovelle

18. Jos et ole koskaan syönyt maapähkinävoita tulet sitä täällä syömään. Ja usein.

19. Jääkiekko on iso juttu. Ja omaa joukkuetta kannatetaan henkeen ja vereen! Let's Go Oilers!

20. Parkki kiekkoja ei ole. Kun parkkeeraat auton 'parkkikiekko' paikalle, lappuliisat merkkaavat renkaasi liidulla ja 
jos liitu on autoissa vielä heidän tullessa takaisin, saat sakot.

21. Sinun ei tarvitse käydä kolmen vuoden tutkintoa ollaksesi kokki tai tarjoilija. You just do it!

22. Kanadalaiset eivät kerro totuutta ensimmäisellä kerralla.
Onko sinulla nälkä? Ei
Onko sinulla nälkä? Ei 
Onko sinulla nälkä? Voisin minä jotain ottaa

23. Sinulta tullaan kaikkialla kysymään 'How are you?' (Mitä kuuluu), mutta todellisuudessa ketään ei kiinnosta. Se on vain tervehdys muiden joukossa. Aivan kuten meidän suomalaisten 'Hei!'

24. Täällä Edmontonissa -25°C on tavallinen ulkolämpötila talvella. Kesällä täällä taas on todella kuuma eli helposti +25°C tai sen yläpuolella.

25. Öljyteollisuus työllistää monia kanadalaisia. Ihmiset tulevat töiden perässä ympäri maata Albertan, Fort McMurrayyn takoamaan rahaa; Kaksi viikkoa töitä, viikko vapaata. 

26. Ruokakermaa ei löydy kaupasta. 

27. Täällä on pihalla tasan kaksi roskista; sekajäte sekä kierrätys (lasi, pahvi, muovi, metalli...)

28. Täällä käytetään edelleen sekkejä! Ensimmäiset vuokranmaksut tein sekkien muodossa.

29. Luottohistoria täällä on kaikki kaikessa. Jos sinulla ei ole luottohistoriaa et saa edes puhelinliittymää avattua. 

30. Me suomalaiset olemme selvästi suorapuheisempia. Me sanomme asiat suoraan ilman kaunistelematta. 


Oletko sinä koskaan asunut ulkomailla ja huomannut samankaltaisia asioita? 





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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not to be taken too seriously ;)


1. People will talk to you. Everywhere. In the elevator, at the grocery store, you name it!

2. ‎When I am feeling homesick I will drive to Ikea. The store layout is even the same as in Finland! Yes, I know I am not from Sweden but I love my candy and crispy bread. And meatballs. Let's not forget about the world fanous Ikea meatballs!

3. ‎I miss the Finnish invention 'astiankuivauskaappi' = dish drying rack above your sink. And the bide shower in the washroom. I will leave it at that..

4. ‎You will be honked it you don't turn right on red. Here it's legal. In Finland it's not.

5. You can try and be stubborn (just like me) and tell yourself and everyone else you won't need a car because you are from Europe and we have a great public transit system.. but most likely you just will NEED a car.

6. Burgers. Burgers. Burgers. Never eaten so many in my life. 

7. Country music is the thing. Not for me but for many Canadians! In Finland the music would be 'iskelmä'.

8. Grocery stores will have products marked in either kg OR lb. So I have given up on figuring out what is cheap and what is not.  Also we use Celcius to measure outdoor temperature and Fahrenheit for oven temperature.

9. People love their take- out coffee. And tumblers! I have quite a few myself..

10. Line up at Tim Hortons drive-thru can be a kilometre long but inside it will be empty.

11. Busses stop at every stop. No need to wave! In Finland you need to put your hand down to let them know you want to get on. And also moms/dads with strollers travel for free!

12. Buying a house is on everyone's to do list. So is a truck. Preferably a Ford F150.

13. Older people work at customer service jobs and I love it! We don't really see that a lot in Finland..

14. Canadians love their sweatpants and hoodies! 

15. We don't plug cars in in the Winter. You either have a garage or let you car freeze. And cross your fingers it will start in the morning when it's -25°C.

16. If you decide to order a medium coke at Wendy's, you get about 1 litre of pop.

17. If you don't have your own reusable bags when doing groceries, you will come home with a million tiny plastic bags that will most likely fall apart before you get home.

18. If you haven't had peanut butter you will have it here. Often.

19. Ice Hockey is serious business and you better cheer for the right team or... Let's Go Oilers!

20. Parked cars' tires are marked with chalk and if the parking officer comes back and sees there is chalk on your tires you get a fine. In Finland we use a parking disc.

21. You don't need a three year schooling to become a server or cook. You just do it!

22. Canadians won't say the truth unless you ask them three times. 
Are you hungry? No.
Are you hungry? No, I am fine
Are you hungry? Sure I could eat something

23. Everyone will ask you 'How are you?' but really no one cares how you are actually doing. It's just another way of saying 'Hi!'

24. Here in Edmonton, Winters are freezing and Summers are hot. And by cold I mean -30 Celsius and by hot +25  Celsius and up

25. The oil industry creates a lot of jobs. People come across the country to Alberta to work at the Oil Sands and make some good money. Those jobs are usually two weeks on, one weeks off. 

26. You can not find cooking cream from the store. In Finland you have it in all different flavours.

27. We have only two garbage bins outside; one for regular waste and one for recyling (plastic, cardboard, glass, ) In Finland we have regular waste, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, bottles, bio waste...

28. Canadians still use checks. I paid my first rent with checks .

29. You need to have a good credit history to even open up a cell phone plan. 

30. We Finns are definitely more straight. We say what we think without trying to make it sound nice!


Did something surprise you? Have you ever lived abroad and come across similar things?


30 Things I've learned while living in Canada

Friday, March 16, 2018


Disclaimer: Kaikki postauksen ajatukset ja mielipiteet ovat omiani eikä niitä kannata ottaa liian vakavasti ;)


 1. Ihmiset puhuvat vaikka eivät sinua tuntisi. Kassajonossa, hississä, kaupassa... You name it!

2. Kun Suomi-ikävä iskee menen Ikeaan. Pohjaratkaisu on jopa sama kuin Suomessa! Kyllä, tiedän että en ole ruotsalainen, mutta rakastan irtokarkkeja ja näkkileipää. Ja lihapullia! Ei unohdeta Ikean maailman kuuluisia lihapullia!

3. Astiankuivauskaappia on tullut ikävä moneen otteeseen. Ja sitä pidettä siellä vessassa! Jätän tämän tähän..

4. Saat takana olevan auton tööttäämään, jos et käänny punaisella oikealle. Täällä se siis on laillista.

5. Tänne muuttaessa sanoin Stephenille, että minähän en täällä sitten autoa aja. No, toisin kävi. Julkinen liikenne kun on vähän eri luokkaa mitä Suomessa.

6. Hampurilaisia. Hampurilaisia.  En ole eläessäni syönyt näin monta hampurilaista! 

7. Kantri- musiikki on se juttu. Ei minun suosikki, mutta monen kanadalaisen! Iskelmää en sen sijaan ole täällä kuullut..

8. Kaupassa ei tarvitse punnita HeVi osaston tuotteita. Ne punnitaan kassalla. Hedelmät ja vihannekset ilmoitetaan kaupassa joko kiloissa (kg) tai punnissa (lb). Riippuen siis ihan tuotteesta. Olen siis suosiolla luovuttanut, että alkaisin niitä kaikki kääntämään kilohintaan. Myös ulkolämpötila mitataan celsiusasteissa ja uunin lämpötila taas farenheiteissa.

9. Ihmiset rakastavat Take Out- kahveja. Ja termareita! Mulla on tuolla keittiön kaapissa myös muutama.. 

10. Jono Tim Hortonsin drive-thrussa saattaa olla kilometrin pitkä, mutta sisällä ei jonota ketään.

11. Bussit pysähtyvät joka pysäkillä, joten niitä ei tarvitse pysäytellä. Mutta toisin kuin Suomessa, täällä ei rattaiden kanssa pääse matkustamaan ilmaiseksi..

12. Jokaisen unelma täällä on ostaa talo. Ja se iso Ford F150! Mä en ole eläissäni Suomessa edes nähnyt tollasta pick up truckkia!

13.  Vanhemmat ihmiset ovat usein palvelualoilla. Ja tarkoitan tällä jo eläkkeelle päässeitä!

14. Kanadalaiset rakastavat heidän huppareita ja kollareita. 

15. Autoja ei täällä laiteta tolpan nokkaan. Ne jätetään ulos jäätymään tai laitetaan parkkihalliin. Ja pidetään sormet ristissä ja toivotaan että auto käynnistyy aamulla kun asteita on se -25°C

16. Jos käyt Wendy's pikaruokaravintolassa ja tilaat keskikokoisen limun, saat n.1l juotavaa.

17. Jos kauppaan mennessä sinulla ei ole omia kauppakasseja mukana, niin kannat ostokset kotiin miljoonassa eri kauppakassissa ja luultavasti pohjat tippuvat jo ennen kun kerkiät kotiovelle

18. Jos et ole koskaan syönyt maapähkinävoita tulet sitä täällä syömään. Ja usein.

19. Jääkiekko on iso juttu. Ja omaa joukkuetta kannatetaan henkeen ja vereen! Let's Go Oilers!

20. Parkki kiekkoja ei ole. Kun parkkeeraat auton 'parkkikiekko' paikalle, lappuliisat merkkaavat renkaasi liidulla ja 
jos liitu on autoissa vielä heidän tullessa takaisin, saat sakot.

21. Sinun ei tarvitse käydä kolmen vuoden tutkintoa ollaksesi kokki tai tarjoilija. You just do it!

22. Kanadalaiset eivät kerro totuutta ensimmäisellä kerralla.
Onko sinulla nälkä? Ei
Onko sinulla nälkä? Ei 
Onko sinulla nälkä? Voisin minä jotain ottaa

23. Sinulta tullaan kaikkialla kysymään 'How are you?' (Mitä kuuluu), mutta todellisuudessa ketään ei kiinnosta. Se on vain tervehdys muiden joukossa. Aivan kuten meidän suomalaisten 'Hei!'

24. Täällä Edmontonissa -25°C on tavallinen ulkolämpötila talvella. Kesällä täällä taas on todella kuuma eli helposti +25°C tai sen yläpuolella.

25. Öljyteollisuus työllistää monia kanadalaisia. Ihmiset tulevat töiden perässä ympäri maata Albertan, Fort McMurrayyn takoamaan rahaa; Kaksi viikkoa töitä, viikko vapaata. 

26. Ruokakermaa ei löydy kaupasta. 

27. Täällä on pihalla tasan kaksi roskista; sekajäte sekä kierrätys (lasi, pahvi, muovi, metalli...)

28. Täällä käytetään edelleen sekkejä! Ensimmäiset vuokranmaksut tein sekkien muodossa.

29. Luottohistoria täällä on kaikki kaikessa. Jos sinulla ei ole luottohistoriaa et saa edes puhelinliittymää avattua. 

30. Me suomalaiset olemme selvästi suorapuheisempia. Me sanomme asiat suoraan ilman kaunistelematta. 


Oletko sinä koskaan asunut ulkomailla ja huomannut samankaltaisia asioita? 





➕   ➕   ➕



Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not to be taken too seriously ;)


1. People will talk to you. Everywhere. In the elevator, at the grocery store, you name it!

2. ‎When I am feeling homesick I will drive to Ikea. The store layout is even the same as in Finland! Yes, I know I am not from Sweden but I love my candy and crispy bread. And meatballs. Let's not forget about the world fanous Ikea meatballs!

3. ‎I miss the Finnish invention 'astiankuivauskaappi' = dish drying rack above your sink. And the bide shower in the washroom. I will leave it at that..

4. ‎You will be honked it you don't turn right on red. Here it's legal. In Finland it's not.

5. You can try and be stubborn (just like me) and tell yourself and everyone else you won't need a car because you are from Europe and we have a great public transit system.. but most likely you just will NEED a car.

6. Burgers. Burgers. Burgers. Never eaten so many in my life. 

7. Country music is the thing. Not for me but for many Canadians! In Finland the music would be 'iskelmä'.

8. Grocery stores will have products marked in either kg OR lb. So I have given up on figuring out what is cheap and what is not.  Also we use Celcius to measure outdoor temperature and Fahrenheit for oven temperature.

9. People love their take- out coffee. And tumblers! I have quite a few myself..

10. Line up at Tim Hortons drive-thru can be a kilometre long but inside it will be empty.

11. Busses stop at every stop. No need to wave! In Finland you need to put your hand down to let them know you want to get on. And also moms/dads with strollers travel for free!

12. Buying a house is on everyone's to do list. So is a truck. Preferably a Ford F150.

13. Older people work at customer service jobs and I love it! We don't really see that a lot in Finland..

14. Canadians love their sweatpants and hoodies! 

15. We don't plug cars in in the Winter. You either have a garage or let you car freeze. And cross your fingers it will start in the morning when it's -25°C.

16. If you decide to order a medium coke at Wendy's, you get about 1 litre of pop.

17. If you don't have your own reusable bags when doing groceries, you will come home with a million tiny plastic bags that will most likely fall apart before you get home.

18. If you haven't had peanut butter you will have it here. Often.

19. Ice Hockey is serious business and you better cheer for the right team or... Let's Go Oilers!

20. Parked cars' tires are marked with chalk and if the parking officer comes back and sees there is chalk on your tires you get a fine. In Finland we use a parking disc.

21. You don't need a three year schooling to become a server or cook. You just do it!

22. Canadians won't say the truth unless you ask them three times. 
Are you hungry? No.
Are you hungry? No, I am fine
Are you hungry? Sure I could eat something

23. Everyone will ask you 'How are you?' but really no one cares how you are actually doing. It's just another way of saying 'Hi!'

24. Here in Edmonton, Winters are freezing and Summers are hot. And by cold I mean -30 Celsius and by hot +25  Celsius and up

25. The oil industry creates a lot of jobs. People come across the country to Alberta to work at the Oil Sands and make some good money. Those jobs are usually two weeks on, one weeks off. 

26. You can not find cooking cream from the store. In Finland you have it in all different flavours.

27. We have only two garbage bins outside; one for regular waste and one for recyling (plastic, cardboard, glass, ) In Finland we have regular waste, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, bottles, bio waste...

28. Canadians still use checks. I paid my first rent with checks .

29. You need to have a good credit history to even open up a cell phone plan. 

30. We Finns are definitely more straight. We say what we think without trying to make it sound nice!


Did something surprise you? Have you ever lived abroad and come across similar things?


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