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Despite being a world traveller, I really do understand why some people never leave this continent. The United States is the third most populous country on earth and its diversity – both physically and culturally – is almost unimaginable. Looking beyond the all-too-pervasive Walmarts and fast-food chains, there is so much to discover in this amazing and friendly country. From Alaska to Florida, most Americans feel American, but their local realities can be vastly different!
Looking north, to my home in bilingual / multilingual Canada, the diversity simple continues. Clean, friendly and at times too expensive, Canada is among the most ethnically diverse places on earth, united around a rather extreme climate and huge spaces.
To the south, the United States of Mexico, with its 122 million citizens, is gradually taking its place as a global power. As the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Mexico is a regional leader and is absolutely magnificent. Far beyond the sterile resorts of Cancun, Mexico is defined by many living indigenous cultures, active volcanoes and a rich culinary tradition.
From the arctic to the tropics, North America’s physical diversity has defined much of its economy. We have recently returned from Oaxaca state in southern Mexico, where we brushed up on our Spanish at a language school. This summer I will be returning to Alaska for three weeks and I am looking forward to visiting New England and Quebec in October. Of course looking out my window from home I enjoy the truly magnificent Canadian Rockies!