Expat in Italy
If you have ever checked out my About Page, you’ll know that I’m a Canadian expat living in Italy. I’ve lived in Italy long enough to call it my second home and I would honestly say, that even if I had the opportunity to go back to Canada, I would probably stay here, in Italy. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t miss my hometown of Vancouver, my friends, family and all the familiar places.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Tim Horton’s as Starbucks was on every corner in Vancouver but, I did enjoy a Double Double and box of Sour Cream Glazed Timbits every so often. Almost eight years after leaving Canada, the thought of a Double Double and Timbits makes me nostalgic because you can’t get them anywhere else. Sure, I can get coffee with two creams and two sugars anywhere in Italy and it probably would be better quality coffee but nostalgia doesn’t care about better quality. It longs for the Tim Hortons original blend and for a friendly face to understand what a Double Double is.
What else do I miss about Canada?
Ketchup chips. They don’t exist in Italy. A couple years back, I found a San Carlo brand of potato chips with Tomato flavour. They were awesome but they were not anything like Old Dutch Ketchup chips. Last month, however, Pringles came out with Ketchup chips. Again, tastes great, but they’re not like Old Dutch.
Root beer. Now, I know this isn’t originally Canadian, but it is something I like to drink back home and can’t get here, in Italy. In its absence, I have fallen in love with the Italian, Chinotto. It’s slightly bitter and so, may be an acquired taste.
*This is not a sponsored post for Expack, but there are some affiliate links in this post.
What is an Expack?
As I was scrolling through my facebook feed, I saw an ad for these things called, Expacks. Basically, they are “little boxes of home” for people like me who have moved away from their home country. The little boxes include goodies from their home country that they could not otherwise get in their current location. Unfortunately, the Expacks are only shipped to expats living in the US. Luckily, Canadian Expacks can be shipped all over the world.
How could I not order one? It’s a little piece of home. Better yet, there was a surprise factor: You don’t know what you will receive in the box. So, how much do I have to pay to get a surprise package from home? 35 dollars Canadian. Is it worth it?
See for yourself. I made a video of the items in the Canadian Expack which you can watch below.
Contents of my Canadian Expack
- n. 2 Old Dutch Ketchup Chips
- n. 2 Hickory Sticks (yes!)
- n. 1 Real Juices Jubes
- n. 1 Wagon Wheel
- n. 1 Wine Gums
- n. 1 Fuzzy Peaches
- n. 1 Tim Hortons Original Blend
- n. 1 Lays Dill Pickle Chips
Monetary Value: $14.12 CDN (probably way less if they buy items in bulk)
Emotional Value: $20.88
Silly calculations aside, the shipping costs must set them back a bit because Canada Post is not cheap.
Would I continue my subscription to Expack? Not sure. I definitely wouldn’t want one every month because it doesn’t really promote a healthy diet. I wouldn’t mind receiving one every once in a while though.
What do you think? Would you get one?