Thursday, June 28, 2012

Finding Latin Culture in a Small Town Setting

Living in Small Town Canada is kind of like living in Mexico.

When I’m driving the “backroads”, I always wave to everyone I see. They wave back.

When I’m out for a walk, I always say “hi” to everyone I see. They say “hi” back (except for “The Wolves”).

When people come over, I give them a hug and kiss on the cheek (just once, we’re not European/French). They look at me funny. Okay, maybe all things don’t “translate” so well.

I know all my neighbours. They know me. I feel a part of something bigger.
A Family.

I like that.

Note: Latin Culture is diverse. What happens in one country, town and even neighbourhood can differ. I am using Chiapas, Mexico for my comparison.

What do you like about other cultures?

3 thoughts on “Finding Latin Culture in a Small Town Setting

  1. Rae T. (Auqakuh)

    M’s British (born and lived there for 3 whole months – haha) and I’m always blaming his little quirks on that, tee hee.

    I’ve never really thought of myself as having a culture. Interesting.

    My stepmom is French Canadian and it’s always a lot of fun hanging out with her and the stepsibs. They’re all so warm, friendly, and supremely hilarious. They’re dramatic, too, which is always fun, because I always wondered if I might be a drama queen, but I’ve got nothing on my French Canadian fam. They do the kiss on both cheeks and nearly a decade later I’m still forever forgetting which cheek first!

    When we go for walks we say howdy to everyone we see. Not everyone replies, but many do. We’re probably bad (read: antisocial) neighbours, but we only technically have one neighbour as there’s a path on the other side and across the street. I would love to be more social, but I have a bevy of hangups about myself that often get in the way of taking that leap to attempting a connection. I’m pretty sure I’m getting better with not worrying about said hangups and just putting myself out there, though. Seem to care less about them with age…

    How’s that for a morning ramble?! 🙂

    How do you pronounce “Chiapas”?

    1. The Zoo

      You seem so social to me. I guess 2,361 feet of wire connected to a computer can do wonders.

      I love French Canadians. Our closest friends are from Gatineau. Again, I’m sure that the culture is more diverse then it is similar but they know how to have a good time!

      Chee-a-pas. Let me know when you’re up for a visit.


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