It is December 29, 2007, my maiden voyage to Canada and I am in a jampacked United Airlines flight from Sydney to LA, sitting next to a quiet nutritionist on one side and a middle aged couple on the other in the middle strip of seats in the plane that isn't going anywhere fast because it is too heavy. Too much Christmas dinner. That is when I first heard about it...
“Coffee in Australia is so expensive, and you can barely get ‘real coffee’ anywhere, not like back home” – in Canada, where the couple were from. They had just been visiting their daughter for Christmas who was studying in Sydney and were flying back to Toronto for New Year. We got to talking because I was on my way to Canada to study there. And that was when I first heard about the magical world of Tim Horton’s.
From the outside you don’t get what the big deal is. Even from having your first coffee or hot chocolate you don’t really get why everyone is so obsessed. Sure, the prices are cheap and the stores just happen to be in the perfect spot at the perfect time but what’s the big deal? But then it you get it. It sucks you in. The more entwined with the Canadian Culture you get, the more in love with it you become.
Here are links to two advertisements to show you what I’m talking about:
If you ever find yourself in Canada, even just for a stopover in the airport, brave the long but fast moving queue and get yourself a beverage that will first warm your hands then your tummy and is like liquid maple leaves in its association with the Canadian culture and spirit.
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