After a year of waiting and dreaming about it, it was finally time to leave our homes and family to start this adventure. Expectations about the weather, the outstanding views, the high quality of life and the kind people filled our hearts with desire to life the life of a Canadian student.
One of the first things we noticed when we arrived in Halifax and drove to Truro, the city where our social media camp took place, was the fresh air we breathed. Something that’s missing in the countries we live. We saw a lot of beautiful nature and mesmerizing views on the road to Truro. There were moments we saw nothing else but forests or lakes around us and for a brief moment, it was like we were the only people alive within miles. According to the Canadian people we spoke at the campus in Truro, there’ll be far more beautiful landscapes waiting for us.
A thing that we were a bit surprised about is the nice weather. When you think about Canada, most people will say that the weather is very cold and not pleasant to live in.
Our first days in Canada were the opposite actually. Not a single breeze of wind, sunny days and about comfortable 22 °C. Almost the perfect circumstances to make a city trip through Halifax.
In Halifax, we met with the Canadian culture for the first time. We were a notable company with 9 people from all across the world. Everywhere in the city, whether we were on the harbour hopper, in the citadel or at a restaurant, people asked us where we all come from and they were always very interesting in the stories we all have to tell and why we are here. This shows the open minded culture and the friendly people that makes Canada the country as we know it.
We also noticed that with a trash bin on every street corner, the streets and the city were very clean, which makes Halifax a nice place to live. This shows how much the Haligonians (the people from Halifax) care about the environment and the high quality of life.
The clean streets and the absence of any form of poverty in downtown Halifax gives the city a caring appearance.
A small anecdote that shows how caring the Canadians are.
When we drove to Halifax, there was a bridge where you need to pay a fee to pass it. Normally, there’s someone at the toll or a barrier to make sure that everyone pays the fee. Here, there was none of those. Everyone just pays the fee, because you’re supposed to.
The thing we were the most surprised about is the sort of food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the time dinner takes place.
Breakfast for example consists of ham, baked potatoes and pancakes.
For lunch, we have fries with a hamburger and cooked vegetables.
These are a bit strange but I’m sure we will get used to it real fast; however, the most surprising thing for us the first days in Canada is the time we eat dinner. 5pm is dinner time here. That is 5 hours earlier than they do in Italy.
All things combined, our expectations of Canada have been surpassed. The weather is nice, the people are kind, and the nature is beautiful. The perfect setting for what is about to be the greatest time of our life.
Mindy, Lorenzo and Ewout