The City Mouse vs The Country Mouse Retold

A Mennonite country resident

A Mennonite country resident

We all know the story of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse and how they each visited the other and found their friend’s environment so alien that they had to get back to familiar surroundings, dangers and all.

Another country resident

Another country resident

We are entering our fifth year of full time RVing and have no regrets (except we should have gotten rid of ALL our stuff when we sold our house). When we are in Canada in the summer we have made rural Southern Ontario our home, and loved it. I have written about the joys of country living in some of my previous posts. The peace and quiet, the fresh produce, the friendly people you meet on the small town streets, banks and stores.

straw bales

straw bales

Rush hour in the country lasts five minutes except on Friday night when all the vacationers head out of town.

Fresh from a roadside stand.

Fresh from a roadside stand.

BUT country living has its drawbacks. Fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful from farm stands, but if you want something unique or exotic forget it, and farm country air isn’t always so sweet.

Parking garage at a country grocery store.

Parking garage at a country grocery store.

Restaurants are of the Mom and Pop variety with burgers and hot beef sandwiches and plenty of fries. A good Chinese restaurant doesn’t exist but you can get pizza in every small town.  Anything more ethnic than that is just not there. Grocery stores are pretty basic, meat and potatoes variety and a head of iceburg lettuce is often the best you can get, and the drive to get to town is at least a half hour.

Country grocery store

Country grocery store

Parking lot at a country grocery store.

Parking lot at a country grocery store.

Now our fifth wheel is parked just south of Guelph, Ontario. A perfect sized small city. With all the amenities we missed in the small towns. Guelph is a University town which hosts a diverse population of students. Restaurants cater to every taste from fast food burgers to the latest fad, raw food. We ate at the raw place cleverly called Rawlicious, were a little disappointed. I had a burrito type dish that was very good, Mike had a Thai noodle dish made with shredded zucchini to resemble noodles, it was not so good. We shared a chocolate, coffee raw cheesecake that was really great.  Over all a so-so meal for big bucks.

Raw food restaurant

Raw food restaurant

Found a great Chinese place, a wonderful Japanese restaurant, a good Vietnamese eatery, and a vegan restaurant we want to try next. There is also a great fish and chip joint that we love.

Vietnamese restaurant

Vietnamese restaurant

Japanese restaurant if you like sushi

Japanese restaurant if you like sushi

Hot and spicy Indian

Hot and spicy Indian

Shopping for food is a whole new adventure. Super stores have so much variety; foods from all over the world. In nearby Mississauga there are Chinese supermarkets where you can buy all things Asian, Indian grocery stores sell great samosas and the newest addition is Adonis, a Middle Eastern supermarket. This market has a whole aisle of different varieties of baclava (a supersweet Middle Eastern dessert). You can watch them make their own pitas and they make the best falafels I’ve ever eaten.  We discovered a pizza like bread called za’atar. Pizza dough smeared with olive oil and a special blend of thyme,sesame seeds and sumac (a Middle Eastern spice). A very unique flavor but we love it.

Chinese supermarket

Chinese supermarket

Middle Eastern supermarket

Middle Eastern supermarket

Organic market

Organic market

Most everything we need is within a ten minute drive, But you need to be off the road early if you want to avoid rush hour which seems to last all day. Except Friday evenings when everybody heads for the country.

Sign to a city market

Sign to a city market

How does that saying go? Nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.

Corn ready to pick

Corn ready to pick

You decide which one I mean.

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2 comments on “The City Mouse vs The Country Mouse Retold”

  1. Living it up, aren’t you?


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