Tuesday, 30 June 2015

5 things I love about Canada and Australia

1) We are both part of the Commonwealth (kinda). I'm not dissing anyone who isn't, but I just think that it's pretty awesome that we have both an elected Prime Minister and a monarchy with the Queen (even though the Queen is just a figurehead. We both make all our own laws and everything). 

2) We trade people all the time. Tons of people in Canada want to go to Australia for a vacation, and heaps of people in Australia want to go to Canada for a vacation. Seriously, there's always tons of Aussies working at the ski resorts. I think we've all realized how awesome we all are. 

3) Extreme weather. Australia can be totally, extremely, insanely hot, and Canada can be the opposite. Quite often it sucks (like when the power's out (therefore no air-conditioning) from a cyclone during summer or the heater breaks down in the middle of winter (I've had both happen to me)) but at other times it's awesome. In Canada, we used to go the ski hill for our school "camp" type thing. Here, they go to a tropical island. I'm not complaining. 

4) The people rock. Yes, there are idiots. Yes, there are morons who don't know the difference between Canada and the United States, or think that Australians ride to school on kangaroos. Yes, there are jerks. But you get that in every country, and thankfully, from what I've experienced the vast majority of Canadians and Australians are amazing, kind and hardworking people. When we went to Canada over the summer break for two months, we stayed in a hotel for one night, and that was because us kids were all sick. Everyone opened their doors to us. When we first moved here, people we didn't even know gave us mattresses so that we didn't have to sleep on the floor while waiting for our stuff to get shipped here. The people are just incredible. 

5) The countries themselves are beautiful. When you think of Canada, I'd imagine you'd think of huge, snow-capped mountains and dusted evergreen trees. That's not all we have, though. We have endless wheat fields and splashes of red and orange forests in the fall and endless, silent forests and raging rapids and rolling tundras and fierce snowstorms and parks sighing with the rustling of leaves. Australia, on the other hand, has crystal clear oceans and dizzying deserts and the soft whoosh of waves on the warm sand and flocks of chattering lorikeets and skies so deep you tumble into them and silhouettes of palm trees against the setting sun and blood-red dirt for miles and miles. 

What's your favourite thing about your country?

Friday, 26 June 2015

Hello there!

Hello, and welcome to my corner of the Internet. My name is Victoria Jackson. My family and I moved to Central Queensland, Australia from Alberta, Canada in 2012 and since then our lives has been one crazy, non-stop adventure. 

I started this blog to discuss my two greatest loves; stories and my two amazing countries. You can expect two posts a week about what it's like to live in Australia after spending most of my life in Canada, as well as book reviews, movie reviews and posts about writing in general. 

Please feel free to drop me a comment with thoughts about a post or ideas for a new post, or you could always just say "hi" or fangirl about the latest Marvel movie. (I do not, however, allow mean, nasty or generally not nice comments.) 

I can be seriously random, strongly opinionated and a bit nerdy, so you'll have to bear with me as we voyage through the endless oceans of my mind.