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I've had a wonderful time in Rome. I believe it's time I show my face on the forums anyway so here are a few photos we took on the visit. Understandably, I am the male in the photographs.

 

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Last few weeks: Friend tried to commit suicide, my mental health is fading fast living in this horrible asylum apartment, works been stressful due to understaffed + doing manager jobs because 2 of them are useless, I've started smoking again due to said stress, I'm broke because no one's buying my [bleep]ing car - thus preventing me from moving and on friday my barber basically mutilated my hair.

 

Choice [bleep]ing past few weeks. 

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Out on a nice motorcycle trip today. Riding the Cabot trail in Cape Breton. Beautiful scenery, great roads, only issue is that it is rolling mountains up and down which ruins the corners due to the gradient. Regardless entirely beautiful.

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So my older sister and I walked to the grocery store, but not the close one that would have been a 1hr round trip. We walked to the one that is a little under an hour 1-way. During that walk, though, she told me she bought tickets to the Maple Leafs rookie tournament in London next weekend. It should be fun, unlike the walk.

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My coworker is sorta bi-lingual. Like native Spanish tongue and a fair grasp on English, but clearly prefers to speak Spanish. Today he said he hated his job so that we could all understand him. He's been so sad lately

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My goodness alcohol is so hard to find....

 

But I managed to find an LCBO and buy some vodka, sort out my phone so now I have a Canadian number. Got hit on purely due to my accent, cause lets face it, a sweaty lost girl in Canadian heat isn't the most attractive thing to see. We had a lot of hiccups in our conversation because he used words like "condo" which I honestly didn't know what he meant by that, and "pound" for the hash sign... 

I was just lost in a lost of conversation but I sorted it out. 

 

Got lost downtown for a couple of hours, so was late to dinner but the caterers were awesome and gave me some leftovers which was super kind. The bus stopping system's a bit strange to me too. you have to pull a cord then grab the doors so that they open.

 

I then had to walk about 35 minutes home, had a great shower and got ready to start drinking. Went to the drinks on the floor above me and it was like 40 exchange students playing beer pong and drinking and socialising. I was really surprised that everyone was up for drinking! But it was great, got to meet new people and then we went to a bar.

Took 45 minutes to walk down there but we managed it lol. I had a great time but I conked out at the bar and some dude started talking to me about my braids and I was like yeah I need to go home so got a taxi back to my place costing $8.75 which is pretty normal. He did only give me $1 change for the $10 I gave him but I was too drunk to bother saying anything.

 

Really bonded with my housemates, we're all drunks it's amazing. It was actually such a good night. we sat on the grass for a while and chatted for ages, and met a singaporean guy whose birthday it was. I don't expect to get drunk all year but I really look forward to more social events with other people now.

 

I had left my key in my room deliberately because I feared my level of intoxication would result in me losing my key, but the flat was locked so I had to wait for my housemates but they didn't take long to get back so that was good. We had an argument over the taste of ketchup before I called it a day and conked out in my bed.

 

So, first drunk night out in Canada - a solid 8/10

Nothing bad happened, positive vibes, no complaints other than the difficulty of finding alcohol.

 

The niceness of canadians is making me go a bit crazy, everyone is soooo nice. Someone added me on fb like yesterday after talking to him for like 5 minutes and now he's like 'oh I see you do science, i do science, i could help you' and i'm like ahh why is everybody sooo nice! I got lost the other day in one of the buildings and a girl literally jumped at the opportunity to walk me to where i needed to be. its lovely but its so overwhelming because i come from a place where no one gives a crap (or we're too reserved) to even ask if someone needs help or anything

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You tipped a cab driver 25 cents? Lol

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Well, we simply tip when something's been amazing.

 

Honestly we pay the price and that's it. I didn't realise I was supposed to tip, I don't really care but I can't exactly go straight into a culture of never tipping anyone into remembering to give people more money than the service they gave me. In future I'll push myself to remember more to tip just because it's part of the culture but I'm not doing that in the UK lol.

 

Excuse me for never being made to tip if I didn't want to in the UK 

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Well, we simply tip when something's been amazing.

 

Honestly we pay the price and that's it. I didn't realise I was supposed to tip, I don't really care but I can't exactly go straight into a culture of never tipping anyone into remembering to give people more money than the service they gave me. In future I'll push myself to remember more to tip just because it's part of the culture but I'm not doing that in the UK lol.

 

Excuse me for never being made to tip if I didn't want to in the UK

Not meaning to offend by the comment I had made.

 

I understand what you are used to especially with the explanation provided. I just find that growing up here I tend to tip in such a way (bill is 8.75 so hand a 10 and walk away). At the same time it isn't required except at restruants where it is expected and some people will be really rude If you don't.

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Well, we simply tip when something's been amazing.

Honestly we pay the price and that's it. I didn't realise I was supposed to tip, I don't really care but I can't exactly go straight into a culture of never tipping anyone into remembering to give people more money than the service they gave me. In future I'll push myself to remember more to tip just because it's part of the culture but I'm not doing that in the UK lol.

Excuse me for never being made to tip if I didn't want to in the UK

Not meaning to offend by the comment I had made.

I understand what you are used to especially with the explanation provided. I just find that growing up here I tend to tip in such a way (bill is 8.75 so hand a 10 and walk away). At the same time it isn't required except at restruants where it is expected and some people will be really rude If you don't.

idk it's just different. In Europe a tip is nice but you've got to be special. I don't really see how it's unusual to you guys when a lot of the world handles customer service in a different way. And I'm not tight, I've said keep the change plenty of times. It's just I'm not used to a culture where it's demanded of you to give more than you're being charged. Like hey this is $9, oops forgot to say you've gotta pay the tax on top AND tip me. You have to understand why that's outrageous to people who are unaware of how things run in this country. My house has a person from Hungary a guy from Singapore and a Dutch girl and we all laughed at the tipping culture this evening.
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Isn't eating out at restaurants in Europe generally more expensive though?

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“Do you have any regrets?”

“I don’t. It seems surprising, I know, but I wouldn’t change a thing. This is how it was meant to be.”

“Huh, you never really notice how lovely the day is until you realize you’ll never see it again.”

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The worst part of taxes in Ontario (not entirely sure about the rest of Canada) is that not everything is taxed the same amount. Some items are exempt from the provincial tax, some from the federal, some from both... Some even have their own special taxes (I believe beer and gas fall under this category, though I never buy either one). Unless you actually know what you're doing, it gets really confusing.

 

I found out those tickets my sister bought were actually ticket packages for all 3 Leafs games this weekend. 3 hockey games in 3 days. Should make for a great weekend.

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Isn't eating out at restaurants in Europe generally more expensive though?

Yeah, of the internet hasn't lied to me many places in Europe actually include a server's fee into the cost of your meal, basically tip. Only issue is that Americans and those with a tipping culture have ruined this somewhat so that they now expect a tip on top of thst. (Listening to CBC radio has paid off! :P)

The worst part of taxes in Ontario (not entirely sure about the rest of Canada) is that not everything is taxed the same amount. Some items are exempt from the provincial tax, some from the federal, some from both... Some even have their own special taxes (I believe beer and gas fall under this category, though I never buy either one). Unless you actually know what you're doing, it gets really confusing.

 

I found out those tickets my sister bought were actually ticket packages for all 3 Leafs games this weekend. 3 hockey games in 3 days. Should make for a great weekend.

Basically for items with a special tax (alcohol, tabacco and gas) if it is run the same way as in Nova Scotia the special tax for these items is usually included in the price although sales tax may not.

 

Along with that, if it is similar to Nova Scotia, any items deemed "essentials" don't have sales tax. Meaning that most groceries and food don't have tax applied, although that is more sketchy as some things such as candy and chips don't fall under it.

 

Writing this out has made me realise how complicated they have made the tax culture.

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The trio is complete. The final person from my Uni studying here for the year has finally arrived and we're neighbours.

We're not actually friends but we're not enemies either. He just hates my boyfriend for some unexplained reason. 

 

Today is an international welcome day I dont think I can be bothered but I'll go because a) opportunity to meet people, and b) will pick up interesting info of course

and c) potentially an opportunity for free food esp as nowhere is really open today

 

Setting up the bank account tomorrow. Got another bottle of vodka to use up so potentially drinking tomorrow night, don't know yet. I sleep like a baby over here.

There was a plank under my bed making it really hard but it feels fantastic now that I've got rid of it.

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Google is so helpful - trying to figure out if the supermarket is open today because I was planning to buy food, and it says the hours in addition to telling me that the hours may differ due to it being Labor Day. Really, Sherlock? :P

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Basically for items with a special tax (alcohol, tabacco and gas) if it is run the same way as in Nova Scotia the special tax for these items is usually included in the price although sales tax may not.

 

Along with that, if it is similar to Nova Scotia, any items deemed "essentials" don't have sales tax. Meaning that most groceries and food don't have tax applied, although that is more sketchy as some things such as candy and chips don't fall under it.

 

Writing this out has made me realise how complicated they have made the tax culture.

 

I know gas has all taxes included in its listed price here. I also know grocery items are not taxed, but I'm not sure what else is deemed essential. So at the very least, those 2 things are the same. Alcohol and tobacco might be as well, but I don't know for sure because I've never needed to.

 

If a restaurant meal is less than $4 you don't pay provincial tax on it here. If you buy alcohol in a restaurant, you pay 13% provincial tax instead of the usual 8% (on top of the federal tax, of course).

 

It really is more complicated than it needs to be.

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