Today I’ll go over the list I created and posted on FaceBook before the blog titled Five Things About Canada and see if they still ring true one year later. If you’ve been following you know the drill; the original text is in italics my new comments follow each section.
Five Things I Miss About Canada
My family and BFF’s. Please come and visit…your room is waiting. But don’t come in wet season unless you want to experience and new variety of bug every day;
We did have one visit so far from SU’s parents. As a heads up to the rest of the family and our friends; they were pleasantly surprised at how nice we live and how beautiful the country is. The room is still waiting and I miss my babies and the rest of our family, that will probably never change. Come for a visit any time;
Some foods that we Canadians/Albertans are known for producing the best of…beef, and whole grains – wheat, bran, corn bran etc. Although Panama has some of the best fresh free range chicken we’ve ever had and amazing tuna, we still haven’t found a good cut of beef. The search continues. Whole grains are impossible to find even in the city except for raisin bran cereal;
I’ve managed to find whole wheat flour, bran, oat bran and flax and mastered the art of baking a loaf of bread; finally.
Alberta Beef is still beyond compare and we continue to be disappointed by the beef here. Surprisingly, we did manage to have a couple of good steaks the other day after many tries and almost giving up. We look forward to a juicy steak when we return home for a visit. Hamburger is good, chicken is great, fish is fantastic here;
Items for the cats. Yes…I know it sounds petty but these boys really love to play and cats are like a throw away animal in this country so finding items like a litter box, litter and toys is difficult. They are using a big wash tub that says something about liking New York on the bottom in the typical Chinese to English translation that is on a lot of consumer goods here, always good for a laugh;
Dos Gatos still enjoy play time but now they chase bugs and lizards in the garden. We’ve managed to find a few toys and El Gordo bought some mouseys on a return trip to Canada and donated one to the cause. We now have a rectangular plastic box for them that is supposed to be a storage box, but it works just fine;
Home Depot, Rona, Lowes. Sometimes we have to go to several hardware stores to find what we need for the house and even then we have to travel farther afield to find what we need; and
SU has his established stores that he goes to where he knows he can find certain hardware items. Now that most of the highway is open to Chitré it doesn’t take long to whip into the larger town and find what we want or need. What we want or need has diminished over time; and
Canadian money. Our money is so pretty and it always feels clean even if it really isn’t, especially with the new bills. American money all looks the same and feels like a wet Kleenex in the humidity here.
I still find US money wet and dirty feeling but it spends the same as any other money. I’m looking forward to seeing the new five and ten-dollar bills from Canada.
I think that this is the list that has probably changed the most. It’s interesting how my wants and needs have changed over the last year. I still miss the family and friends but the rest is “stuff” that doesn’t make life any less better in the campo. As the saying goes; “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.” And so goes life in the campo.