It’s crazy to think that my time in Canada is almost over. I never would have thought when I moved here to start uni four years ago that I would fall as in love with the country as I have.
I’ve learned a lot while I’ve been here, both in and outside of the classroom. I’ve learned that “going to Tim’s” most certainly does not mean going to someone’s house, that apparently my pronunciation of the word “crayon” is an afront to nature, and that “cold” is a very relative term.
I’ve also realized how little of Canada I’ve seen. It’s the second largest country in the world by land mass, but in the four years I’ve been here, I’ve spent maybe a grand total of a week-and-a-half outside of Winnipeg, where my university is located. There’s so much else to see – the Rockies, Niagara Falls, the big cities, et l’autre monde du Canada français – and I’ve made it my mission to see as much as I can before I leave.
I’m lucky enough to have almost a month-and-a-half of free time between when my final exams end and when my convocation (commencement for the Americans reading this) ceremony is. I’ve decided to take that time to hop on a train and undertake an almost full cross-country tour – a “farewell tour” if you will. I’ll start all the way west in Victoria, B.C. and end in Québec City, Q.C. before turning around to make it back to Winnipeg in time to walk across the stage in my cap and gown to collect my degree!
I’ve had a few people ask if I would keep a blog during the trip, so I decided to start this up to keep everyone in the loop as I start off on this adventure!
So, all aboard! It’s going to be a crazy ride!