Afro of the United States.

Chilling up top the US like the Fonz saying “eh?”

Full of people who have funny accents when they say “about”.

Maple freakin’ syrup. Everywhere.

Also some French sprinkled about.



And French Fries with gravy or something of that sort. Saw it on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.


Poutine in Canada
Poutine in Canada


These are some things I thought I knew about Canada before my travels began. Silly notions poking fun at our northern neighbors as I grew up. Before, when I was a tad bit more ignorant.

Still, I don’t know a whole lot about the country at all besides some brief reading and travel blogs featuring Canada.

But alas, it turns out Canucks have some pretty funny notions and views about us ‘Mericans as well.

It was around a camp fire in New Zealand when I realized that both sides don’t know a helluva lot about each other. Or at least the citizens.

Americans are assholes bro, what’s up with that?

I remember one of our fire-side chats beginning this way as the hippie German, his peace-and-love skeptic girlfriend, and the pothead Canadian passed around a hollowed out carrot while I, the ignorant American, sat playing a harmonica.

Why do you think we are assholes?

Instead of getting offended, which I probably would have done if I was in ‘Merica, I posed that question.

I donno bro, like, once I was at this party, and this big asshole dude, an American, came in and stole all our beer.

His coughing ended the story and I sat for a minute toying with the comment. Then, as I thought about it, I began to give my opinions about why “Americans” might come off that why. I even went as far as to say that if he thinks about it, Canada and South America are in the Americas as well (I learned quick to say I was from the US, not America).

And I also posed him the question, “But isn’t stating all Americans are assholes an ignorant comment in itself?

He sat pondering the question, then began nodding his head.

You are totally right bro. And you are really helping my opinions about that too. You sure you’re from the US?

I actually got that quite often. It seems traveling immediately helped break down my barriers, bringing in a better understanding of people and countries. At the same time, it helped show people I was just as vulnerable as them, and also taken aback by people’s opinions of my country.


Which brings me to my current trip!

With a fresh new pair of chucks strapped on I am taking off up north on via train to a land so close to home, yet so far away from my understanding. It’ll be a whopping 16hr train ride up to Montreal, which isn’t anything compared to my 26hr New Orleans trip and 68hr train journey across the US. But still a biggie.

Super stoked!


After arriving at 7pm in Montreal, I will be spending the night wandering the French rooted city and absorbing as much as I can before my flight at 7am to St. John’s. Somebody told me a sweet spot to grab my first ever Poutine and about an underground city. My kind of place.

If you have been following my trusty chucks and I for a while now, you’ll now how big of a hard head I am when it involves coughing up money for a hostel. I’ll only be in the city from 7pm-7am so I might as well just pull an all-nighter!

Once I land in St. John’s Newfoundland, then the real fun begins. For almost a month I’ll be on an epic road trip with three gnarly travel bloggers — Seattle’s Travels, Candice Does The World, and Zak from Sparkpunk. We’ll be exploring all over Canada on our way to the Travel Blog Expo in Toronto.

Map of Canada

What I am most excited about is to yet again shatter my ignorance about another country on the map, finally get to meet my neighbors up north, and get to see a country so acclaimed for its diversity and vast sprawling natural beauty.

Tons of posts will be coming about the upcoming road-trip to the Travel Blog Expo in Toronto and all the shenanigans us bloggers will get into along the way. If you want to keep up, subscribe with the widget on the left!

Have you been to Canada? Come on, cough up the hotspots and things to do in the  comments below!



  1. Yeity May 13, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Man would kill for a bowl of poutine!! Can ya ship some over, eh?

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Ha! Well I’ll be Instagramming it plenty for you to whet your appetite! I don’t think it’ll ship well unfortunately.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Thank you! Well the way people are raving about it, you would think it was food laced with drugs! Either way, excited to finally try it for myself.

  2. Ryan May 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Well, see, now you’ve gone and left me no choice but to start following your blog more actively. I hope you’re happy.

    If I may, I’d like to ask: what made you choose Amtrak over flying out?

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Glad to have you along for the journeys now Ryan! Btw, great name. I chose Amtrak because it ended up being drastically cheaper, and I had some left-over credits for train transport from a previous job that I used to pay for the ticket. Plus, I freakin’ love travel by train!

  3. Megan May 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    You’re barely seeing Canada… I’d hardly say ‘all over Canada’… Just a small piece (though large landwise). There’s a whole half (2/3?) of the country that you’re not seeing…

    None the less, enjoy the trip. Montreal is a pretty awesome place, and while I’ve been to Ontario and Quebec, I haven’t done the eastern provinces but really want to some day! 🙂

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Megan, you are totally right! All over Canada should be changed to “Eastern” but we will be driving all around that portion! On the flip side, I may be continuing west with one of the travel bloggers so I may get that chance to explore “all over”! Thanks 🙂

  4. Katie Shewaga May 21, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Love ya work!

    So great to see more Americans come to the Great White North, as I’ve found so much love travelling the USA as a Canadian!

    Totally would disagree with the above Poutine statement however haha – they’re raved about because they are AMAZING! My advice; if you have the stomach for it, try lots of different varieties (pulled pork, nacho poutine, etc) and opt for hand-cut chips and Quebec cheese from smaller private eateries rather than fast food joints; although A&W has a killer one.

    Bienvenue au Canada!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Why thank you Katie =)

      Loving Canada so far and I’m ashamed I hadn’t come before now! So beautiful, and I’m getting tons of love back as well.

      I agree, poutine is amazing! Did you read my recap when I tried it? It’s on the blog =)

      Wow, those other types sounds damn good as well, I’ll have to hunt some down!


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