One Border, Two Very Different Experiences

The experience crossing the US / Canadian border is shockingly different. One of the things that makes travel to the US unpleasant (at least before Nexus) was the experience with the folks at the border – particularly the land crossings. Going in to the US, even as a citizen the feeling is distinctly one of being asked to prove one’s innocence. You’re crossing the border – show me you’re not up to no good.  I’ve been chastised for my reasons for renting a car (“What do you mean you don’t own a car?!”), criticized for my description of my (rather complicated) … Continue reading One Border, Two Very Different Experiences

Facebook Break Side Effect

I’m sitting at the airport waiting for a flight to the US. This time it’ll be short. I’ll be flying home on Wednesday.  Overall it’s been so much easier than usual as I’m not only traveling light, I have Nexus so instead of a long Customs line I had one person in front of me. I had one question to answer: “No checked baggage” and I was off. I had an interesting thought as I went in for screening. If they ask me for my social media credentials – it is impossible for me to give them. While it might … Continue reading Facebook Break Side Effect