Canadian Expatriates: The Expat Blog: Candian Obsessions

| |   Main   | |   Expat Blog   | |   Message Board   | |   Guest Map   | |   Contact   | |

About this Blog

A collection of articles and observations written by Canadian Expatriates from around the globe.

Traduisez en Français

About the Bloggers

Canuck Abroad
Dean P
mare ad mare

Are you a Canadian living abroad? Interested in contributing to this blog?

Please email us and your profile will appear here!


McKenna: United States "Dysfunctional"
To My Fellow Expats
Funny Money
Open Post: Emigrating from Canada
Are You Canadian?
Note of Shame
Internet Folklore


March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
October 2006
April 2007
November 2007
March 2009
April 2009
June 2009
November 2009
February 2010

Can't find it?
Search the Expat Blog

Blog Bling

Support Canadian Expatriates by snagging some of the following bling and linking to us!

Like the Expat Clock?

Here is the script.

We can also design a button to match the colour scheme of your site!

Refer a Friend
Blogroll Me!

Expat Blogs

Absent Canadian
Adventures in Asia
Adventures in Tajikistan
Ahab's Whale
Anatomy of Melancholy
Angry Little Lady
Anna Overseas
As Canadian as Possible
Babble and Buzz
The Blog Pound
Blue Lotus
Canadian Bacon
The Canadian Beaver
Canadian California Girl
Canadian Content
Canadian Down Under
Canadian Gyopos Tour of Duty
A Canadian in Guayaquil
A Canadian in Heidelberg
Canadian in Mexico
A Canadian in Sao Paulo
A Canadian Student in London
Canuck in Asia
Cookie Crumb Kids
A Day in the Life of Bolivia
Deanna In Uganda
Digital Ed
The Displaced Canuck
Emma in London
Empires Fall
Gyopo Life
I have Seoul
In Search of the Perfect Noodle
Jason Does Asia
Jim's Korea
Korea Bound
Lady Jane's Japanese Adventures
Letters From Africa
Life in Ithaca
Living La Vida Loca in Japan
The Lonely Canadian
Mark Base: Views & News
Maticito's Crazy World
Mike and Dean's Cross Border Tagteam
Mommy Abroad
Notes from a New Country
Odd Muse
Off on a Tangent
Outlaw Liss
A Prairie Girl
Puns, Politics, and Pericles
Queen for a Year
Rooxy [French]
Sharp Mama
Somena Media
Somewhere Under the Bulgy Bit
Steel White Table
Stepping Stones
That Canadian Girl
Transplanted Canadian
Up Late In Wonju
Vu Deja
Words to Live By
The Young Man from Canada

« ? Canadian Expats + »
« Expat Express »

Expats in Canada
- or soon to be -

Being American in T.O.
California Girl in PEI
Canadian Musings
The Canadian Perasma
Expat Travels
Life Without Borders
Teri and Tom's Blog
We Move to Canada

Canadian Blogs

All Things Canadian
The Amazing Wonderdog
Angry in the Great White North
Average Guys
Bacon and Eh's
Bite Me
Brain Poop
Canadian Cynic
Canadian History News
Canadian Tanstaafl
Canuck Flack
The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns
Dust My Broom
Federal Election Canada
Five of Five
The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Heart of Canada
Hellsza Decent Blog
Hockey Nation
I am (also) Canadian
Journey of a Transplanted Seed
A Little Bit Left
The Maple Lounge
The Mildly Annoyed Canadian
My Blahg
Nuclear Moose Candy
Ordinary Joe
Poop'd Culture
Postcards from the Mothership
The Poutine Diaries
Rants, Raves, Reviews of a Proud Canadian Surfer
Rick Mercer's Blog
Simply Coll
Small Dead Animals
That's My Stapler
The Toque
Turning 30 and a Half
Your Moosey Fate
110 Lines of Longitude

« ? Blog Canada + »
« Letter Zed »
« ? Proud Canadian + »

Expat Sympathizers
- Friends of the Expat Blog -

Ask Flippy

Canadian Content
- Affiliations -

Blogs Canada
Canadian Conversation
Progressive Bloggers
TLB Canadian Community

Progressive Bloggers

A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land
A Class Act
A Little Bit Left
A Socialist In Calgary
A wave of alternative mandate
Accidental Deliberations
adrienne jennifer
Adventures of a Winnipeg Girl

Ahab's Whale
Automatic Thought
Average Guys
Before Dawn
Beyond the Pale
Blue Grit
Bouquets of Gray
Bowie Call

Buckets of Grewal
Canadian Cynic
Canadian Expatriates: The Expat Blog
Canadian Liberal @ Penn
Canadian Polemic
Canuck Attitude

Capitalist Pig vs. Socialist Swine
Cathie from Canada
Cherniak on Politics
Craig Cantin
criminalize the symptoms
Dawg's Blawg

Far From 'Right'
Five of Five
Flash Point Canada
Free Dominion Watch
From A Different Viewpoint
From the Heartlands

Going Green in Alberta
HaldenJohnson DOT net
Heart of the Matter
Holy Beaver!
I, Doughbot
Idealistic Pragmatist
Impetus Java House
In the Footsteps of Chrétien

Island Chick
Jaded Reality
JimBobby Sez
John Murney's Blog
Keegan's Blog
Kick at the Darkness
Kyle's Modern Life
Le Revue Gauche

Liberal For Life
Liberal Underground
LiberAlberta - The Calgary Observer
Lord Kitchener's Own
Marc Emery is a Political Prisoner
Maritime Liberal
Matthew Good
Media, Technology and Society

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks
Moldy Peaches
My Blahg
N.M Du Cap
No BMD, eh?
No Turner Left Unstoned
Nunc Scio

Only A Madman Can Draw a Perfect Circle
OPUS Canada
Out from under a Rock
Pacific Tribune
Pample the Moose
Paranoid Left-Wing Ranting
Peace, order and good government, eh?
Points of Information

Political Commentary From 21 Fathoms
Political Commentary from a Nobody
Political Write
Progressive Calgary
Random Noise
Rational Reasons
Reason Before Passion
Red Bewtween the Lines

Red Vs. Blue
Right of Center Ice
Scruffy Dan’s “Words to the Wise”
Section 15.
Silly Conservatives
Stuff and Nonsense
Tasteful Future

TDH Strategies
Terminal Velocity of Sausage
The Actual Story
The Amazing Wonderdog
The Canadian Perasma
the catalytic corral
The Coast of Bohemia
The Coyote Howls
The Digital Memoirs Of An Old Soul

The Dominion Weblog
The Doors of Perception
The Green Knight
The Green Lantern
The Hive
The Liberal Grit
The Maple Lounge
The mass is secretly obsessed with nipple dream
The Muck Shoveller

The Progressive Right
The Robert Bond Papers
The Sask Pogressive
The Skwib
The Turkey Shoot
The View Out West
The Wingnuterer
They Hate Us For Our Freedoms
Tory Red

Trickle Down Truth (TDT)
Trudeau Generation
Two Shots in the Dark
Views from the Left
Vijay Sappani
Vive le
Voice in the Wilderness
Vox Noxi

What the Deuce?
Windy Weather
Words Without Walls
Youth in Canada
Zaphod's Heads

Blog Directories
Blog Clicker
Blog Explosion
Blog Hop
Blog Soldiers
Blog Street
Blog Universe
Get Blogs
Globe of Blogs


My Yahoo

Tag Board
The Expat Poll
- Updated Monthly -

Don't forget to cast your vote in this month's Canadian Expatriates Feature Poll!

At the end of the survey, you will have an opportunity to discuss the results with other expats.

Join the Roundup

The Expat Roundup is a aggregated portal designed to raise awareness of Canadian expat bloggers.

If you would like to join the Expat Roundup, please email us your feed url.

In exchange for this service, we ask you to support the Roundup by linking to the portal with one of the following images.

Suggestion Box

Do you have a suggestion for the site or a link that you would like to add?

Expat Search

Expat Announcement Centre

An Invitation from Foreign Affairs Canada [-]

Canadian Expatriates, its contributors, and readers have been invited by Foreign Affairs Canada to participate in a series of eDiscussions. The current topic is “Showcasing Canadian Culture and Know-How Abroad”.

We are asked to consider the following questions:

  • What role does Canadian culture and know-how play in our foreign policy?

  • How might the government best promote Canadian talent and expertise in the world?

    The eDiscussion runs from April 4 to May 6, 2005. At its conclusion, a summary of the discussion will be sent to senior policy planners.

    The Expat admin team encourages its readers to join in the eDiscussion at the Canadian International Policy website.

    Posted by Admin

  • Call for Contributors [-]

    The administration team is currently searching for Canadian expatriates who would be interested in contributing to the Expat Blog. The subject matter is wide open, but must remain family friendly.

    If you are interested in joining our blogging team, please send an email our way!

    Thank you!

    Posted by Admin

    Friday, September 30, 2005

    Candian Obsessions
    by Expat

    Yep. I know. Misspelled "Canadian". Been in America entirely too long! :P

    When my husband first came to Canada, he wanted to explore all that was Canadian. High on his list of things to do, was a stop at Tim Hortons and shopping at the Great Canadian Superstore.

    (I know, I laughed too.)

    He was quite taken by Tim Hortons and soon became addicted to Double Doubles and Dutchies like a good Canadian convert. Superstore, however, left him cold. He just could not get his mind around having to put a quarter in a cart or having to pay 3¢ for a grocery bag. It was the first time that he had ever encounter either of those supermarket phenomenons.

    It has been a few years since then, and now the grocery store where we shop has implemented the same measures. It is a quarter to rent a cart and 5¢ for a paper bag - 10¢ for plastic. My husband was not amused with either.

    We were taken off guard the first time that we went to the store and realized that we needed a quarter for the cart. Like most people in these modern times, we rely heavily on plastic. Since the creation of the debit card, we have not had a great deal of change clinking together in our pockets, and did not have any change on us this particular day. Not wanting to have to go all the way to the bank and then to a gas station to get change, we searched the car - my car - the Nukmobile.

    I keep a stash of Canadian coins in my car. They have been there since the day that I crossed the border. They are my constant reminder of Canada. I know it is silly, but they make me happy just by being there in the console of the Nukmobile. My husband spotted the cache and went rifling through it to see if there was a quarter.

    "Those are Canadian coins, you know." I said, hoping that he would move on to look elsewhere.

    "Yeah, I know. But the cart doesn't," he said. "It is not like it will do a currency conversion and realize we shorted it."

    I snickered, but the worry remained. I did not want to lose my last Canadian quarter.

    "Maybe we should just go to the bank and pick up a couple of Diet Cokes? We will get some change if we do that," I feebly proposed.

    "Nah, this will work." He sounded determined.

    There I was left to either speak up about my silly coin obsession, or see my one remaining Canadian quarter - the vestige of my heritage - lost to the cart.

    "What the heck," I thought to myself. "I can get the coin back when we return the cart."

    Little did I know that my coin would be forever lost when the cashier switched carts on us as she rang up our groceries. She had an empty cart set up at the end of her line and filled that up with our bags rather than fill our own cart.

    When we left with the foreign cart, the cashier took our cart and filled it up with the groceries of the people who had been behind us in line. As such, my Canadian quarter ended up in the hands of the people behind us. I wonder if they did the currency conversion and realized that they had been shorted?


    Posted by Expat at 9:14 AM

    Times are definatly changing!

    Love Tim Hortons! Hate Superstore!!
    I have a small stash, consisting of a quarter and a loonie on my car console just for grocery carts. It is a golden rule not to use these for anything else. Currently we are paying 4cents for a plastic bag at Superstore. I admit they are cheaper than Safeway... but it is always sooo crowded .. and do not expect any assistance. Just driving into the parking lot gets me riled.. but you can not beat their prices.

    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 10:21 AM, September 30, 2005  

    When I spent my last 100 Euro, I felt a bit of something missing. And I lucked out in bringing back about 40CHF with me that I can still keep an eye on...

    Those poor people behind you won't know what hit them. What is this? I've never seen one of these before? Maybe they'll send the quarter off for scientific testing.

    simply coll - you don't like the Stupidstore? Aw come on, there's nothing like driving around the world looking for a parking spot, then walking forever to get to the store, then bumping into people crowded in the store, then waiting in long lines to pay, then PAYING for bags, then PACKING your own groceries while everyone glares at you for taking too long.

    Ya, I think I'll stick to paying more.

    Nobody beats Tim Hortons!

    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 6:21 PM, September 30, 2005  

    Is "Superstore" what I know as "Loblaws"? Remember, I haven't been home in a long time!

    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1:37 AM, October 01, 2005  

    "Superstore" is one of the Loblaws store brands (see, along with Loblaws, Fortino's, Zehrs, No Frills, Provigo, etc).

    In-store, Loblaws offers their own products under the No-Name and the President's Choice labels. The latter is also available in various US markets (e.g. Jewel should carry it in the Chicago area).

    Seo Blog - free, no ads homepage hosting! Start your website today! Publishing and journaling with ease!