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Ten things Canada taught me
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Published: Monday, April 9th, 2012
Itís the final issue of the Interrobang for this school year, and honestly, itís gone by so fast. It seems like yesterday was the first day of class and itís already the end of a fruitful year. While Iíve been writing about all these different Canadian things that catch my eye, surely a number of you must be wondering some of the things that Canada has taught me. Sheís taught me a lot, all in such a short time.
10. Hockey is life: Iíd be livid with myself if hockey wasnít on this list. I grew up watching the very limited hockey that ESPN would broadcast back in India. I fell in love with the Anaheim Ducks and NHL 2002 back in the day, but to actually live in the country where itís considered a pastime in the winter has been unreal, in a word.
9. Poutine is heavenly: French fries with cheese and gravy: poutine. I still remember my first poutine, which I had at Oasis back in October, and Iíve been hooked on the stuff ever since. Now, itís been brought to my attention that too much poutine isnít the best thing ever, mainly because itís so fattening and unhealthy, but letís be frank here, itís delicious. And because it is delicious, Iím going to make the exception every so often. Mmm, gravy...
8. 12°C is warm weather: Back in Calcutta, India, our winters would touch 12°C. Sometimes, if we got lucky, it would drop to 9°C or so. It used to be freezing cold back then. The other day when my dad called and I told him 15°C was warm, he gasped.
7. The Toronto Maple Leafs are really awful, arenít they: Sorry, Leafs fans, but you know I had to. I knew you guys never made the playoffs since the lockout; I never knew itís been such a long, unfruitful run. Itís tough on you guys, I can empathize, but this is something that I came across only after coming to the Great White North. Buck up, lads, youíll be playoff-bound soon. Or not.
6. The Arkells are brilliant: Amazing band, the Arkells. And theyíre Canadian. Iíd never heard about them, and now they fill up my iPod. Iíd say coming to Canada has really opened my eyes to a lot of great music that you would never ever hear of if you stayed in India. Iím disappointed with myself for not going to the Arkells show in London a few months back, but I plan to see them when they return to London. Until then, my iPod has to work overtime.
5. Without Tim Hortons, this country would be static: You really didnít think Iíd forget Tim Hortons, did you? Without Tim Hortons, there is no Canada (if you permit me to exaggerate just a little bit). Itís true, though; Timmies are in every part of the country Iíve seen. Now, to grab a doubledouble and roll up the rim...
4. Nickelback is not everyoneís cup of tea: Honestly, this one surprised me to a degree. I grew up listening to Nickelback, and when I came to Canada, I discover that they are despised in some parts of the country. I havenít been able to decipher the reason so far, but rest assured I will try to put this mystery behind me.
3. Shovelling snow is a better workout than youíd get at GoodLife: For starters, Iíve never ever hit a gym in my life, so donít count on me being an expert. What I can tell you is that shovelling snow is not fun. Every morning, in those sub-zero conditions, you go out and burn those calories. I did it for the first time ever this winter and it wasnít pleasant. And you know what the best part is? You get to do it all over again the next day.
2. Bilingualism is in: This is one thing thatís impressed me so far. Iíve never been to Quebec, but I hear itís a lot more French biased. Ignoring that fact, everything Iíve seen is bilingual. I see it as promoting cultural diversity, which I believe is a great thing. French-Canadian or English- Canadian is still Canadian, and that is the main thing. Merci.
1. ĎEhí is a word: Hilarious as this may seem, this is a word Iíve observed numerous people use, whether on the bus or in the halls of Fanshawe. The word seems to be a conjunction finding its way into many sentences, although Iíve seen it as a standalone word numerous times. And you know what the funniest bit is? I use it myself. Weird, eh?
To sum up, itís been a great year in Canada and at Fanshawe. Iíve made so many friends and met new people. I love this country, to tell you frankly: the culture, the food, the people. Iím glad my dad let me come to college here in Canada. Itís definitely one of the best decisions Iíve made in life. The country has grown on me and I canít wait to be back next year.