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"Counting Countries"


Prologue
Counting Countries:Prologue

By Bill Schott

I was born and raised in the state of Michigan in the United States of America. As part of my education I learned about my state, the five Great Lakes that surround it, the other states that are close by, and,eventually, the history of all fifty states and the nation as a whole.

Growing up, I only traveled to one other country before I finally left home as an adult. I did then, as part of the military, go to other countries over the years. In this collection I will try to recollect and expound on those trips and experiences.

There were Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, Spain, France, UAE, Bahrain, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Kuwait, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Belgium.

I can begin, in the next chapter, traveling to Canada with my family. Good times.


 

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Chapter 2
Canada

By Bill Schott

When I was young, I mean under ten years old, my family crossed the Blue Water Bridge from Port Huron, Michigan to Point Edward, Ontario. Our ultimate destination was Niagara Falls.

I found the trip to be long and tiresome, as my position was always in the back seat crammed between two other brothers. I had more siblings, but by the time I was ten, half of them had moved out.

The rest of Canada whipped by the car window looking very much like America. They did have funny-looking money though. I noted this after buying a Canada Dry ginger ale and getting change from my dad's five dollar bill in pink money with a woman on it. He said I could keep the change. I figured at that time that this meant the bills were worthless to him.

My biggest memory of that first trip to our northern neighbor was that we had to be checked in and out of that country by border guards. That made me feel guilty even though I wasn't doing anything illegal. I guess I just don't like being suspected.

Since that experience, I have returned to Canada on different occasions with others. I 've been to Windsor to see Phantom of the Opera, Toronto to see Fiddler on the Roof, and Stratford (not on Avon) to see a couple Shakespeare plays with high school students.

I hope we will always have a good relationship with Canada.

 

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