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Sunday, July 20, 2014



Don't forget to leave your six shooters on your side of the border when you cross over ;-)

Also, only answer the questions (as truthfully as you can) that they ask. Do not volunteer any additional information. Our teeny brains up here can't process too much info at once and if you start blabbing about this and that, the Customs Border people will get suspicious.

Don't be surprised to get one with a French accent. After all, French is our 2nd official language up here, even though there are more South Asians up here than French.

Also, don't worry about exchanging your Yankee bucks for Canucks bucks, unless you want a fair market exchange. While the big cities wouldn't be a problem, the smaller locations will accept your Yankee bucks with no problem, but they will be reluctant to give you the bank rate for them.

So if you really want to avoid poor rates of exchange, put everything on a credit card and to avoid depreciation of your hard earned money change over some money with the denominations south of a $50.00 bill. Most businesses will not accept $100.00 bills.

Almost 100% of businesses, large and small, accept credit cards and Interac cards. We are more prone to have chip readers, rather than your slide readers, as Canada is a bit more advanced (backward?) than you guys regarding credit card technology (gov't regs). The only places that may not accept cards are farmer's markets and fish mongers on any pier.

And while you have the new type of Canuck currency (if you decide to get it) don't leave it in the sunshine for too long...these plastic hybrid type of notes (which look and feel crazy to me) may melt if the temps get too hot. I don't like the bills, but I am of the old school and prefer paper to plastic. Apparently, they last longer (they also are thinner and easier to unseparate when new).

But once you get all of the above out of the way, make sure you and Linda have a good time up here. The beer is stronger, the fries are cheesier (poutine) and the donuts are tastier (yeah Tim Hortons!!!)

Have a great time visiting the home where Lacrosse was born and Hockey is the National Sport.

btw....if you get to Surrey, BC, look me up (kidding)


Glad to see you coming to Canada. It seems not many do unless they are heading to Alaska. Hope you enjoy your stay in our lovely country.

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