So You Wanna Be A Canuck, Eh?

Then this is what you need:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An American T-shirt company says its “Go Canadian” package is the perfect solution for U.S. travellers weary of dealing with questions on politics while on vacation.
Billed as “the perfect gag gift for that friend that wants to move to Canada,”’s package will provide a “complete disguise” for $24.95 US.
It includes a T-shirt showing the flag and the words “O Canada,” a flag lapel pin and sticker, and a maple leaf patch for luggage or backpacks.
It also comes with a quick reference guide called “How to Speak Canadian, Eh?!” to help people answer any questions about Canada while travelling.
According to the guide, “Wayne Gretzky” is an appropriate answer to any sports question, hockey is the only real sport in Canada, and Hogtown means Toronto, while Cowtown means Calgary.

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I can see why these would be needed. When I was on a family vacation to Holland (back in 1986) a restaurant in Amsterdam treated us rudely and refused to serve us because we were perceived to be American (my 9 year-old brother had on a “He-Man” sweatsuit). My mom, who was born in Holland and can speak Dutch, understood their discussion, and expressed her anger in Dutch to them. Needless to say we ended up with the best table in the house and a free dinner. That event often lead me to wonder if this happens often to Americans? Anyone got any good travel stories for me?

6 thoughts on “So You Wanna Be A Canuck, Eh?

  1. I’ve only been to Canada, England, Italy, Mexico, Jamaica & the Cayman Islands. We were treated wonderfully everywhere, except one beach in Cayman. We were respectful, I think, and we found the people we dealt with to be understanding. With no disrespect to any other American, I have been told that New Yorkers are good tippers, and I know we were generous, especially to a taxi drive in Cozumel who indulged me in my attempt to speak Spanish. I was very proud– I used all 11 words I remembered from my 8 years of class.

  2. I don’t have a great story, but when I was little and we were in Italy (this was back in the 1980s), my mother told me not to speak to her in English because she didn’t want anyone to know we were American. Apparently criminals targeted Americans in her hometown.

  3. I’m from England, and have worked in the US on a couple of computer projects, and have found people very pleasent. Given that . . .

    Once when I was working in Ohio I asked for hot tea with my McDonalds burger. The nice young man behind the counter said something like “I know we sell hot tea, cause there’s a button for it on the till, but I’m sorry – I don’t know how to make it”

    When we were in Kentucky, in Wendy’s (can you tell the level of expenses my company gives us when we travel abroad) the staff kept asking us for our order over and over, cause they thought our English accents were so cute.

    In Dayton pizza hut I ordered hot tea with my pizza (spot a pattern here?) and they apologized – they didn’t have any, as it was so long since anyone had ordered hot tea. When I went back some 6 months later to work on the same system, the staff recognised me and were delighted to announce they had got some tea bags, just in case I returned! How’s that for customer service :)

  4. No stories from me, other than my brother making sure he had lots of Roots Canada stuff when he went to Europe, Japan etc. I just wanted to say HI! that I miss you and I hope things slow down soon so I can see ya!!!!!

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