The differences between West and East from Six months in the West

Highways vs Temples.

3 min readOct 7, 2023


My wife and I are returning to Barrie from the Wasaga Beach by a bus speeding on a broad highway when we discuss what makes Canada a pleasurable place to live in. We have been here for six months and we don’t want to leave already. We don’t want to go back to Nepal, at least.

Last week at work I was discussing countries with a local guy. I told him I was from Nepal where there are million temples. He expressed fascination and said it must be wonderful there and ranted how everything was commercial and monotonous in Canada. ‘Yeah, it is wonderful there…if you are on a visit visa,’ I think.

My wife and I try to find what makes Canada a pleasurable place to live in. ‘Infrastructure,’ I say. ‘Look how big the roads are. Who wouldn’t want to buy a car here? Recall our driving struggles in Nepal. And recall how often we got frustrated back home because the water would run out in the middle of the shower or the electricity would go off in the middle of the game.’ She thinks for a while and says, ‘There are good facilities for a lot of things.’

While I collected parts from the machine, inspected them and slid them over to the packer to my right, I remembered funny information to share with the local guy inspecting parts on the…