I just returned from a 22 hour trip to Vancouver in the middle of the Olympics. While some may feel that less than a day is insufficient time to come to any great conclusions, that would be due to the fact that they lack my sharp observation and deductive skills.
1. Canadianese people love
Canada: They all (100% of them) wear shirts emblazoned with red maple leaves, slogans of "Go Canada, Go!" and various other patriotic symbols and slogans.
2. Canadianese people hate Americans: Doubt me? Just bring up the recent hockey game.
3. Canadianese people don't have freeways: We commuted from Surrey to Vancouver, all on city streets at 40 MPH.
Canada has good food: I had a cajun chicken burger that was delicious.
5. Vancouver looks and feels like Seattle: Seriously...it's rainy and gray. AND the buildings, streets and general lay-out has a very strong resemblance to downtown Seattle.
6. Canadistani's love to insist that "they have crime too:" This usually is in regards to the corner of Main and Hastings, where a few homeless people gathered. This is reputed as the absolute slums of
Canada and it looked like a suburb in Southern California.
7. Canadi's are very orderly: We were able to drive within just a few short blocks of the Olympic Village. There was some
traffic, but the roads weren't closed, it wasn't grid-locked, and there was hardly any chaos. Compare that to Beijing's policy of only letting in half the population commute per day for the 2008 Summer Olympics. If your license plate started with an even number, you could commute half the week. Those with odd numbers could commute in during the other half.
8. Vancouver is surrounded by mountains: Or so I was told. I couldn't see any of them because of the fog.