If you hadn’t noticed before, I love ducks and I’m trying to practice taking photos of them in flight. So … please, bear with me — here’s another mallard.
As I have stated in the About section of this blog, it will often be about living abroad — differences between my two countries, Canada and Sweden.
After seven years, all the differences have pretty much sunk in and I don’t think so much about it, but every now and then little things pop up. Like the other day … I was opening a new can of coffee. It struck me that back home in Sweden we haven’t had those tin cans for coffee since I was a kid. I don’t know why they did away with them … people used to use the empty ones for paintbrushes and all kinds of stuff. Nowadays, coffee only comes in air-tight, half-kilo-packages.
That fact, that I had not seen them for so many years, made it difficult for me to throw the empty ones away. I got the tendency to hoard them. I don’t really do that, but I always have one or two empty cans … ‘in store’, so to speak.
Another difference, that I’ve talked about many times before on this blog, but never ceases to amaze me, is the friendly, chatty people. I don’t know if this is particular to this city or a general occurrence along the entire eastern seaboard. That doesn’t matter but what does, is that how a little word … a smile … a «hi, how are you» can put you in a really good mood even if you weren’t to start with. When I was reading a friend’s blog this morning — how a friend had paid her a compliment — I was reminded of how good we have it here, and how a little word can make a huge difference in somebody else’s day. It doesn’t cost you anything…
To me, it means perhaps even more, as where I come from, we don’t make eye-contact with strangers — if you were to smile and say something to a stranger, they’d probably think you’re drunk.
On a different note, this is one of these days when I feel that I could just go on and on writing. Some days are like that for me … I could let me fingers go wild on the keyboard and just keep on typing about anything. This blogging challenge has helped too … both the community that’s forming, and ways of thinking … gettings ideas from reading other blogs. Now … I won’t do that. Personally, I feel that the less you have to scroll when you’re reading a blog, the better … more scrolling = less attention. Don’t know if that’s just me though…