It’s great how everyone makes a huge deal of St. Patrick’s Day here. Green everywhere: clothes, novelty hats, beads. And so much merriment (even when tipsy or drunk, everyone is so civilised)! I have never celebrated Paddy’s Day before, but I don’t mind the idea of going to the pub for some good cheer and a drink or two. Back in England, it was no big deal – well, at least not in my city (unless I missed something major) and I have no Irish heritage that I’m aware of.
A lot of Canadians do have Irish heritage, so I guess that’s why it is a very big deal over here which is awesome. I had a normal day; went to a Poetry meet-up (as you do), met some awesome people. After that had finished, it was dark and I was hungry so needed to hop onto the nearest streetcar (tram) to get some decent food.
As the streetcar arrived, I pulled my Presto card (like the Oyster card – you load it with money and tap to travel) out of my pocket, looking intently for the usual place to ‘tap-on’. It was covered with a bag because…travel was FREE! I had heard rumours, but I never believed them – free travel? – ha! I scoffed. Canada – 1 — Natasha – 0
To discourage drink driving – you offer free travel on holidays (on certain lines). How amazing is that? Unless I am mistaken, I have never heard of anything like this in the UK. This is a much better deterrent for all of those too easily tempted because they’re worried about how they’ll get home.
I feel like the UK has a lot to learn. Maybe things will get better when they get a hot Prime Minister too.
P.S. Just noticed I use brackets an awful lot. (Does this annoy you?)