The Outsider

17 05 2010

So. I moved to Victoria 9 months ago and after much observation, I have come up with some recurring themes about the culture here on the island. These are not judgements, but merely o.b.s.e.r.v.a.t.i.o.n.s. If you’re a local, maybe you’ll get a kick out of this. If you’ve never been to Vancouver Island or have only been here for short visits, this will offer some insight for you about how we roll in Vic City!

a) Flip flops / Sandals – Girls love and live in them and guys sport them regularly. Even when they go out for the night. I can actually count the number of girls on one hand who wear heels, I shit you not. This would not fly in Calgary. Calgary, we go all out, all the time, unless you’re hittin up the Melrose patio in the summer on a SunDAY, you’re wearing stilettos to the bar.

b) Long, straight hair. Maybe some natural waves, but that’s about it. I don’t know if it’s the humidity down here that steers girls away from curling or actually doing their hair, but frick, I curl mine. I curl it a lot. I’m like that girl that wears an underwire, padded Victoria’s Secret bra to the gym when everyone else is wearing a sports bra. Over. The. Top.

c) Lucky (Beer) – Holy fuck they drink that shit like it’s a premium ale. Guys, it’s not! Like they legitimately sell it at the bars here and EVERYONE drinks it. In Calgary, we buy it as a joke. In Victoria, the joke’s on us.

d) Strongbow – This is like the Rev of Victoria. It’s like girls are worried that the stock on the island is going to run out or something. It’s not. You don’t have to order it for every drink you have, every time you go out. You can, but I’m just saying…

e) Driving. I know, I know, Albertans are shitty drivers, ya ya. But at least we get to where we’re going. Victoria drivers like to drive at LEAST 5km under the speed limit, most drive 20km under. Seriously, I could be stoned behind a Victoria driver and still think, man, this is really slow. I swear to God if they drove any slower they would be going backwards. **But at least insurance is cheap here, clearly the reason.

f) Pot – on the island, it’s seems to be not necessarily illegal, more just frowned upon.

Those are my observations for today. Let me know you’re thoughts, correct me if I’m wrong or just laugh it up clowns. And have a great day.




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