After spending the winter in France and my summer gallivanting from country to country – it’s safe to say I got my fair share of European culture. There’s one thing they have over there that us North Americans can’t seem to get right – open liquor laws.
There’s nothing better than grabbing a baguette, some cheese and a bottle of wine and heading to the nearest park to snooze your afternoon away. But it’s not all about alcohol.
In France, you couldn’t walk down the street without bumping into smiling and relaxed people. They know how to have fun.
While I was living in Nice, there was a park about a 15-minute walk from my flat that was always packed. It got to the point where I was annoyed with all the people because I wanted that exact spot under that exact tree each time I went.
In Canada, I feel like people are so disconnected.
It’s cold and nobody wants to be outside when it’s dark but maybe if we were able to facilitate a fun and exciting atmosphere to be at opposed to the stifling and cold (literally) life we have now, people would begin to come together more.
Our society is so centered on hard work and getting ahead that we forget to take time to enjoy the little things. We all know as you get older it’s harder to find things to do with your friends, but you’re never too old for a glass of wine and a picnic in the park.
Open liquor laws would make summer and winter more enjoyable.
Instead of worrying about all the extra layers you need to wear while skiing, grab a flask and you’ll be fine.
That being said, I’m not advocating for drinking all the time, I’m advocating for a more relaxed environment.