The first time I visited Canada, many people kept talking about “going to the cottage” and “cottage country.”
I pictured a fairy-tale-style house, possibly made of candy or inhabited by three bears and their porridge.
I soon learned that when they said cottage, they were just talking about what I know as a cabin.
It’s basically a second home, usually a little rustic, in a woodsy or wilderness setting.
In other words, a place to escape to when you need to get away.
People must be alike everywhere because people all over the world understand that need.