We love going to the States. They are such a patriotic bunch, flying the American flag everywhere. They truly believe their country is the best and I admire them for that. Only once did someone mention how bad Obama is and as I said to him, "who would you prefer him or Donald Trump, running the country?"
He muttered something and as I then said, I was from Canada, and honestly we are no better off with the bunch of "misfits" we have running to be the next Prime Minister!
As many of you know, we are British born and as we came to Canada when we were in our 20's, we still have our British accents (dh and I;) the kids though sound as Canadian as the next person. It totally confuses everyone and for some reason American's love hearing us talk?
Anyhow, we have got our response down pat now when people ask where we come from:
"We are British born, but live in Canada."
I must admit I think I blushed bright red from head to toe though one day, as I was talking to a cashier when I noticed another lady standing next to me, just looking at me. I thought I was holding up things, and of course I apologized......I am Canadian after all...LOL We apologize for everything, whether it's our fault or not. Anyway she said no she was enjoying listening to me talk, and then turned around and told her friend to come and listen to me talk. At that point I just clammed up, as I couldn't think of a thing to say.
I honestly don't think about my accent and it surprises me when people notice I speak differently, as I never hear it.
The majority of the people are so well mannered; at least with us. I guess it helps that we always say please and thank you, and if a job is well done I will let people know. Whenever I talked to the ladies who took care of our hotel room, I always said thank you for a job well done. I did find though that some people were just plain rude with people especially in the fast food places.
We were in one place and the daughter who was my age or older and her mother, were just plain bloody rude to the girl behind the counter. Now granted she was as slow as molasses, but even so, don't be rude and disrespectful.
I finally said to the mother and daughter, "you both seem to be having a bad day?"
Now I am not sure if it was my accent or someone spoke to them, but they both stood there with their mouth's open!!! I don't remember what they said, but their attitude didn't change with the poor server.....LOL
My only gripe........I wish the exchange rate had been better, as I couldn't/wouldn't/didn't spend anywhere near as much as I normally do when do there. The one thing we did find cheaper was the gas/petrol; they have super cheap prices for gas and we paid as low as $2.26 USD per gallon.
I look forward to our next visit to the States.