It's obvious to Aussies that I am not Australian. My Canadian accent is a dead giveaway.
I've lived in Australia for 2.5 years now and still get asked "Where are you from?". I of course always answer proudly with "I'm a Canadian!", then it's usually followed by "Oh, how long are you visiting for?".
This last week in particular I got asked that question more than usual. It was perhaps because we were on holidays. My co-workers, friends, and people that work at the shops I frequent know me and know that I am not a visitor, I am a resident so they obviously don't ask me where I am from.
This question for some reason always saddens me. I love talking about where i'm from and my family etc, but it always brings back those memories and people that I miss.
This question sometimes makes me feel like an outcast. I can often feel people stare at me and turn their heads when they hear me talk because they can hear my accent and immediately know I am not Australian. I know they are thinking "where is she from?".
Perhaps I need to wear a sign that says "I'm Canadian!". Then will people quit asking me and staring at me?. Or worse yet - calling me a "Yankee". And I have to laugh when I got asked if I lived in an Igloo!!. Like seriously?.
The point is this is that I am proud to be a Canadian and I think I will just have to accept that I am an outcast. I have embraced some aussie slang, but will not go out without my shoes on!.