England v Canada: my top 5 favourite things
Husband L and I have a kind of competitive rivalry about “our countries”.
I should point out that his country is actually England, as he was born here, but he grew up in Canada, has spent more time there, and so takes its side every time.
We regularly argue about such things as cost of living; quality of life; and once, which country has the most traffic jams.
It’s all banter though. And in the end, we know we are lucky to live in two amazing places.
I actually cannot choose between the two, I love them equally. But, just for the people who ask me which country I prefer, here are the Top 5 things I love about each place.
Vancouver / Canada
- It is spectacularly beautiful. From an aesthetic perspective, it has everything: the city skyline, the ocean, the mountains, the parks.
- Hiking, and generally the range of things to do: there are so many amazing local hikes that I can’t even pick my favourite. And as for Vancouver itself, as they say, you can ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon. (And do a yoga class in the evening if you still have energy.)
- Family way of life: Greater Vancouver is a safe, clean area, and a great place to bring up children.
- Customer service. After living in both countries, I can safely say that there is no comparison. Canada wins this one hands down.
- The country itself. You could probably never leave Canada, if you were so inclined. It has so many amazing, beautiful parts to it.
Brighton / England
- Country pubs. Pubs in general have a that old English charm and atmosphere that you can’t get in Canada.
- The diversity and eccentricity of Brighton: in one week recently, I went to a burlesque show, a comedy show and a music gig, all of which which were on my doorstep, and all of which were free.
- Live music. You could find live music any night of the week in Brighton. And then, in the rest of the country, there are enough festivals to keep you happy for months.
- Supermarkets, and shopping in general. You may already know about my obsession with Sainsbury’s.
- Cost of living. Not everything is cheaper, but utilities, insurance, groceries and – most importantly – wine, are.