Our Northern Neighbour

My general geography? Spotty. My southern Ontario geography? Spottier yet. Still, I know the answer to the Trivial Pursuit question:

When flying south from Detroit,
what is the first foreign city you come to?

But knowing is not the same as seeing for my own self. Landing in Windsor en route to a birding trip to Point Pelee, I took my first opportunity in almost 66 years to gaze northwards to the contiguous states of the USofA.

Google map of southern Ontario.If I had a better MPS (mental positioning system) I might have been bothered, looking north to what I think of as our southern neighbour. Lacking much spacial orientation, though, I find it hard to become disoriented.

Detroit skyline in silhouette at sunrise.Shore-level view of Detroit River and city skyline at mid-day.Detroit skyline before sunrise.


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3 Responses to Our Northern Neighbour

  1. Tom Watson says:

    This is so interesting. I grew up about 40 miles from Windsor, so both Windsor and Detroit were “home turf.” Although we never thought of Detroit being North…after all, we went West to get there…going there was a common experience. Janice’s wedding dress came from Hudson’s on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – The USA as our “western neighbour” seems even weirder. But I get the bit about going to Detroit as a matter of course. When I was looking for a store selling outdoor gear, Google’s list was ordered by distance from my hotel, and the first several were in Detroit.

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