The nicest people in the country live in the Maritimes. That is just a fact. Anyone who tries to disagree with me is a jerk (and, thus, obviously, not from the Maritimes). I am not v. patriotic. I can't think of a country I would prefer to be from than Canada, but I am not the rah-rah Canadian flag type either. I can just say that this trip has reaffirmed my quiet devotion to the nation. We didn't put a man on the moon, we didn't overthrow a totalitarian government, we didn't elect a black dude or a woman. Yes, we are a humble people. But we are a good people who are trying hard.