This Twitter thread about being an expat in Toronto is so relatable
A Hong Kong-born Japanese student living in Toronto has written a hilariously accurate — and grim — glimpse of expat life in Canada, and everyone on twitter is loving it.
People speak of Calgary. You know people in Calgary. They speak of Edmonton, but no one outside of Calgary speaks of Edmonton. You're not sure Edmonton is a real place.— 将司 (@Kavaeric) October 22, 2019
Shoji Ushiyama (a.k.a. Kevaeric), who is a programmer and artist currently studying at OCAD in Toronto, touches on Canadianisms like our excessive use of the word "sorry," the strange absence of tires at Canadian Tire and the phrase "pour le service en Français, appuyez sur le 2" in the 101-part twitter thread.
"Sorry," someone says, passing by. "Sorry," another one says. You do not know what they are sorry for. "Sorry." You do not know what they did to you to make you apologise. You hold back tears.— 将司 (@Kavaeric) October 22, 2019
He also talks about expat life in Toronto specifically, quipping about the pace at which condo towers are popping up in the city, our never-ending road repairs and the fact that everyone hates Premier Doug Ford.
You tell someone you've studied near London. They are confused, as they don't know any places near London. You realise they are not talking about the same London you are. No one talks about the same London you do.— 将司 (@Kavaeric) October 22, 2019
The first tweet in the thread has nearly 10,000 likes and almost 3,800 retweets and counting at the time of publication, indicating that Kevaeric's deadpan take on life in Canada as a whole, and Toronto specifically, obviously resonates with fellow expats.
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