I’ve been living in Saint John for almost two months now, and though I pretty much haven’t explored the city at all, I have learned a few things about this province.
- Literally everybody will hold the door open for you, even if you’re a few steps back.
- People are friendlier, including fast food servers, cashiers at the supermarket, convenience store/kiosk employees and taxi drivers – quite different from Toronto.
- Gallant is pronounced guh-LANT
- Melanson is pronounced muh-LAHN-sin
- Aunt really is pronounced AHNT and scallops really is SCAH-lips
- Koreans seem to only work at Korean restaurants, Chinese people at Chinese restaurants, Middle Eastern people at Middle Eastern restaurants, etc. If they don’t work at a restaurant, they’re probably a student.
- Cars will stop to let you pass, even if you’re jaywalking.
- NHL fans here cheer for the Leafs, Habs or Bruins.
- There isn’t much World Cup buzz because everyone’s umpteenth generation Canadian.
- Living in the most multicultural city in the world your whole life really skews your perception of what the rest of the world is like (i.e. significantly less multicultural)
I haven’t had any bad experiences yet, and I could really get used to living and working here. I do miss certain things about the big city, though. Like movie theatres. Seriously, I think there are only two theatres in Saint John.