Most people know about the unique language situation, the culinary specialties and the European flair and architecture that sets Quebec apart. But one thing that snuck up on me as I have returned to visit my original homeland (listen to me - homeland) is the unique way Quebecers greet each other. Greetings in Quebec usually take the form of a kiss on each cheek (except men to men.... unless perhaps I missed something). This tradition isn't common in other parts of Canada. I imagine French Quebecers have greeted each other like this forever. Now Anglophones seem to do it as well. I did not notice this among the English community growing up. I like it. It's very....... chic.
Other Quebec differences:
- Poutine. Nay nay...... I'm talking about the real deal.
- Beer and wine is sold in grocery and convenience stores.
- Montreal Smoked Meat. Again, the real deal folks - keep your counterfeit meat away.
- Montreal bagels. On par with New York bagels I'd say.
- They're mad about pate.
- Cabane a sucres. Maple syrup lover`s paradise.
- The huge artistic community.
- The festivals.
- The hockey.
- The history (Quebec doesn't look like it was erected this decade).
- The white elephants (Mirabel airport, Olympic Stadium).
- The fashion.