As of yesterday I’ve been back living in Canada for one year. Over all it’s really good to be back.
The most notable improvements, in my experience, are:
- The friendliness and competency of the average stranger (the people you meet on the street, on the road, at the check-out, and at the customer service call center).
- The general positive attitude of the people.
- The lack of social/cultural/political division and conflict.
- Affinity for nature, expressed through outdoor activity and concern for the environment.
- The number of days with pleasant weather.
- Not having to jump through hoops to appease the immigration police.
- The unopressiveness of the health care system. We’re getting better care thusfar without the high premiums and threat of bankruptcy-inducing medical bills.
The most notable declines:
- The lack of access to good online retailers.
- Worse restaurants overall.
- Fewer options for air travel.
I’ll note that a lot of this is regional (Calgary vs. Ft. Lauderdale) rather than national (Canada vs. USA), but a lot of it does apply elsewhere in both cases.
We’re both very happy to be here.