Monday, September 21, 2015

Some thoughts about our trip.

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.  


Gillian said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip. My aunt and uncle went to the States from Northern Ireland almost 50 years ago. They still have their Northern Irish accent though to us they have quite a bit of an American twang too. I work for an American company here in Northern Ireland and the Americans always love to hear the accent! I just try to say as little as possible.

Maggie said...

For some reason i haven't been able to leave a comment the last couple times
i visited you, see if this one works.

I think i'm the same when i hear an american accent, can't understand what they like about the British accent, I know that if they heard my Blackcountry accent they would surely hate it, lol.

I've only visited New York, loved it and would like to go again some day.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Glad you had a good trip and are looking forward to your next one. That States is one place we don't visit.

mamasmercantile said...

We will be in America end Oct for 2 weeks, the Americans certainly love our accent. We are always made to feel most welcome.

Jane and Chris said...

When people say they love my accent,it takes me a few seconds to remember that I DO have an accent here!
Jane x

Marilyn K said...

I admit it...I love a British accent too. I think you all sound very classy and proper. It is interesting to get your viewpoint of the US. I guess the flag is flying lots of places, even our house. Is our country the best? I think most of us believe it once was....sadly, not so much anymore. There seems to be less and less tolerance for diversity, more hatred. Trump and his supporters are beating that drum. I will move to Canada if he wins.

William Kendall said...

The use of the word bloody has always appealed to me!

Anne in the kitchen said...

I think people here (and yes, I am in the U.S.) love foreign accents . There is something so pleasing about the British lilt. I understand what you are saying about people wanting to hear you speak though. I am from the deep south and don't think I have much of an accent, but when we are in different parts of the country people almost always comment on the way I speak.

barbara woods said...

gas was 205 today in Ga. Lower other places

Belinda said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip here. I would love to hear your accent! I'm happy most of the people you encountered were well mannered. :)

I grew up near Chicago and have a northern accent and my daughter talks just like me. Well we live in the South now and the kids at school like to tease me about my accent and they like to tell my daughter she talks just like me. lol

Betsy said...

I'm very glad that most of your trip was a good one. I'm one of those people that love an accent...pretty much any accent as I think I sound pretty boring. I would hope that I wouldn't be rude enough to stare though. I do love our country, but also don't feel that it is what it once was and that makes me sad.

Pom Pom said...

I noticed that the New Zealanders were a lot like Canadians. We went to camp for a month in Canada every summer for years and years. Also, I grew up just an hour from BC.
I'm glad you still have your accent!
I bet it's good to be home, Gill!