To Wear or Not to Wear?

Canada-Flag-Open-e1358696598990This morning I read an article written by Alexander Besant in the Globe and Mail.  “Calling all Canadians: Slice that maple leaf off your back pack.”

The article made me give pause to WHY I choose to have a Canadian flag on my luggage and a backpack while travelling.

Travelling as a Canadian and having a flag on backpacks is a personal choice.  We can be proud of our nationality and despite what the article states that we are perceived merely as “just nice and friendly and maybe that’s all we can ask for”, we are A LOT more.

We wear toques.  We wear runners.  We are familiar with parkades. We clean our eavestroughs.  Our sinks have garburators. We buy homo-milk and colour with pencil crayons.  We have friends who live in bachelor apartments.  We use Icing sugar to ice our cakes.   We have all worked with a ‘keener’.  If you arrive at a party with a mickey and a two-four, you will probably end up too hooped to drive home.

Our summers are filled with no-see-ums, freezies and all-dressed chips.  We bitch about the price of hydro and are still surprised to see cereal boxes with English-only on them.

While there is a good rule of thumb when travelling not to stick out as a foreigner for safety reasons.  How is that possible when we say “Eh” and when asked where we are from we measure distance in time “I live an hour outside of Vancouver”.

When I see the Canadian flag in the mirror from my backpack or as my luggage with the the Canadian flag pops up on the carousel at an airport – I am proud of my nationality as a ‘traveller’.   The point of travelling is to meet locals and have locals meet you.  We connect as individuals and we do represent Canada when we enter another country. Why not proudly say “I’m Canadian” with a well recognized maple leaf?

I love being a Polite Canadian, who lines up, wears thongs on my feet and travels with chocolate bars in my maple leaf logo’d backpack!

Fill Your Boots… Wear that flag proudly and Give’r!

Two Months? What the Hell?!

Why 2 Months?  Because it seemed like a good idea when I dreamed it up 18 months ago….

Airlines points existed and were screaming “use me, use me”.  Tony and Kasia are in Europe and we miss them.  Passport, Pillow and credit card all in order.  So why the hell not?

I am amazed at the look of astonishment on some faces after I answer their question “how long are you going for?”  YES, Vancouver is a beautiful city and a wonderful place to spend the summer.  YES we are going to be missing the beach house and waking up to the ocean.  YES that is a long time to be away from family and friends.  YES it is a lot of planning and details to make sure bills are paid, grass cut.

Now wait for it – the infamous BUT…..

BUT… two days ago I was sitting in my naturopath’s office and the universe confirmed my decision to say “what the hell, let’s go for 2 months”.  A lovely 72 year old woman was commenting out loud to the Doctor about her upcoming trip to Europe via a cruise ship.   It was going to take her to all the places she really wanted to visit when she was younger, but just never made the time to do.   Now her ‘older body’ needed the comforts and ease of travelling, so it was a cruise.  She lamented about how she should have done more, seen more, experienced more when she was younger.

So, here we are – Leaving in 10 days for a 60 day European Adventure!  What the hell… let’s do this!


Why a Blog you ask?

Why start this blog? Because Facebook isn’t cutting it anymore.  I realize there are only so many pictures that I can post of our travels, food, friends, family and life’s moments before I’m sure people start to ‘unfriend me’.

This Blog means YOU are in control of what you read, when you read and why you read about “We Are The Grants”.  So the next two months is all about 3 Grants going to find 2 Grants to have 5 Grant moments and any combination there of.

Here’s to the 5 Grants as we became that lovely number in June 2013….