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In Reply to: RE: Consider Georgia posted by rivervalley817 on February 14, 2021 at 12:27:16
I'd leave politics OUT of my travels. I've found that people treat you as you treat them. If you are an imperialist, you'll get the cold shoulder. If meeting someone half-way? You'll get along better.
I've had people 'suddently' decide they DID speak English after deciding me and wife weren't jerks.
Europen trains are an especially neat place to meet people. We even met tourists from Asia while on a boat ride in Lake Lucerne.....
You should probably leave your MAGA hat and Biden t-shirt at home.
Too much is never enough
Our neighbors moved to Croatia about ten years ago. When they first mentioned thinking about it about 12 years ago I said "what!?"
But they did, and they love it there. Bought a place on an island off the coast and with the help of local workers renovated it.
Some young people there speak English, but not many older folks. There was an old guy at a local store who never said a word to them for months, then one day began speaking amazingly good English with them. Come to find out he has spent time in the US long ago, but I guess he wanted to size our friends up a bit before commiting to converse!
Many people don't realize that their Medicare does not work in other countries.
Me... I am staying here, I am not going anywhere. There is no better place on Earth.
The 99 reasons the USA is inferior to Canada.
"(11) We're less prudish: An Angus Reid poll found 83 per cent of Canadians believe sex between an unmarried man and woman is acceptable, versus just 59 per cent of Americans.
12. We're better educated: 48.3 per cent of Canadians have a post-secondary degree, compared to 40.3 per cent in the U.S.
13. We're fitter: The percentage of American adults who are obese is 35.9. In Canada, it's 24.2.
14. We have more sex: According to a survey by condom-maker Durex, 59 per cent of Canadians say they have sex weekly, versus 53 per cent of Americans.
The money stuff which is probably what you and TWB care most about (or only about)
16. We're richer: Canada's average household net worth of $363,000 is higher than America's, at $320,000.
21. We live in bigger houses: We have 2.6 rooms per person in Canada, versus 2.3 in the U.S.
22. Canada has greater economic freedom: So says the U.S.-based Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom. Canada scores 6th place, while America comes in 10th. Credit our sounder public finances.
25. Our banks are better: Earlier this year Bloomberg ranked the world's strongest banks. Four of the top 10 were Canadian, and all scored higher than the top U.S. bank, Citigroup, which came in 9th.
There's more: (28) Our corporate taxes are lower (PricewaterhouseCoopers ranks Canada 8th out of 185 countries for its advantageous corporate tax structure while the U.S. is 69th). (29) We embrace transit: Seven of the 10 North American cities with the most people taking transit to work are in Canada. (30) We get more paid holidays: America has no mandated paid holidays or vacation time, so 23 per cent of U.S. workers get no paid time off, compared to Canadian workers who get at least two weeks and nine paid public holidays.
Also better for audiophiles -
34. Our opera house is tops: There's no city in North America with an opera house to compare to the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto. Jack Diamond, who built it, was promptly handpicked by Valery Gergiev to build the new Mariinsky II theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Also less censoring (You know that FREEDOM of speech you Trumpers supposedly value (but only if you agree with it).
36. Our broadcast TV doesn't have to treat adults like children: Maybe it's because Americans are such sensitive folk, or it's our ill-defined role as cultural bridge between the U.S. and Europe, but Canadian TV regularly gets away with showing things broadcast networks south of the border can't: nipples, F-bombs and the like. When The Sopranos aired unedited on CTV, executive producer David Chase said that could never happen on U.S. network TV: "It's just not possible, we have rules against that."
46. Better football: Since the late 1970s, the National Football League has been tweaking its rules to encourage more passing—that is, to make the U.S. game more exciting. Up here, we got it right the first time: a three-down game on a great, big field. So on second and 10, you can bet that ball will be in the air.
49. We have better skiing: Canada's most popular ski resort, Whistler, trumps America's most-visited resort, Vail, with more trails (200 vs. 193), longer runs (a total of 36,960 feet vs. 15,840 feet) and more snow (469 inches vs. 348 inches)
And the stupid detector:
(79) We're more rational: Most Canadians (61 per cent) accept evolution, compared to just 30 per cent of Americans. Incidentally, the same percentage believe Bigfoot is "definitely" or "probably" real.
It's not hard to be more advanced than the USA.
"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. "
― W.C. Fields
There is no better place on Earth.
You don't get out much do you? It's not even the best place in North America.
Near enough to Italy to be interesting. I expect regular ferry service to / from half a dozen places on either side.
But overall? Too many words without Vowels.
I'll bet the climate is terrific. And being around where so much Euro and 'Western' history happened must be a study into itself. I'll bet the photographic possibilitties are limitless.
Too much is never enough
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