Yes, I am a foreigner!
Today I went swimming in the pool (yay!) and as I was leaving the pool to head to the showers, waiting just inside the doorway of the women’s change room was a line-up of maybe 20 6 year-olds. When they saw this foreigner come in, some of them exclaimed in surprise. No one said English, but I’m certain they went home excited about seing a *foreigner* at the pool!
Yes, it is certainly something unique to live in a country where you can shock and awe someone just because you have different features.
Ironically, living in Japan has given me less compassion for immigrants in Canada. If I can assimilate into this culture as best I can (learn the language, customs, habits) then what is stopping all those in Chinatown and Little India? It’s frustrating, but what makes Canada unique.
(P.S., Happy Canada Day!)