Hoo-hah! I miss snow! Snow is melting and it is almost disappearing. Just like the weather, travelling also brings people together: becoming accommodative when boarding a public motor vehicle, allowing one another’s space in boarding and disembarking a train. When travelling, you realize that all people have the same goal—to reach the final destination safely and well. As a result, most people recognize that we are in this life together.
Winter deserves more credit than it receives, usually. Snow during a spring season provided me with a sense of rejuvenation and thought reorganization. I realised that nature does not run like time. Even if it is officially spring season, it is still snowing and at times cold. When I looked on the streets, it was beautiful—snow was falling down and settled on trees. At one moment I thought trees were producing snow! When I walked in the streets, I felt refreshed and cool. It was not as cold as in deep winter. Also, the air felt fresh. I saw some people jogging and enjoying the weather. I too enjoyed it. In fact, a hot-coffee drink tasted even better on that time. And it is in this season we get to enjoy winter olympics, which we are great at!
It's winter in Canada and it has been cold this week, “Yes.” Surprised? “No.” It’s Canada, and the cold weather is part of our reality. Cold weather is very beneficial to people, including:
Prevention from bad bugs! Winter kills bad germs.
Break Time from hot summers! Winter gives people a chance to rethink about things, work hard and play outside, such as walking outside and breathing fresh air.
New Fashion Trends: In this weather, putting on warm clothing is always fun and fashionable, scarf, hat/hoodie, heavy jacket and winter boots. In some places, it is colder than other places. In colder places, one needs to put on more/heavier clothing.
Beauty: Winter brings beauty, and the beauty of snow creates a fantastic scenery outside the environment. For example, when snow is falling, cities are covered with snow fogs, and sometimes when it is very cold, city buildings exhale white-smoke from heating systems within buildings--making a magnificent scene outside the buildings as below.
Today's Olympic Hockey Final Game in Sochi (Russia) testifies to that. Hockey Team Canada has proven that Canada's hockey here is a giant. I'm very proud to be Canadian, and nobody should be ashamed of our victory in the sport and in the Olympics at Sochi. The Canadian Women Hockey Players in Sochi brought us the Olympic Gold Medals; the Men Hockey Players also brought us the Olympic Gold Medals. What more would one asks for?
Canada is also great in other sports. In fact, Canada is one of the top four Winter Olympians in the world today. Why is that so? Someone asked me. Well, the answer is simple: we are proud Canadians. We value snow, ice and winter conditions, and we use them to our advantage.
The games also bring Canadians together. Most of the places today were open at 5 A.M., so that people can laugh, celebrate and enjoy the hockey game together. Everyone from all walks of life celebrated the game as one strong and free country, Canada. Go Canada! Go!
Canada has many places to choose from, where to live, work, visit or to get an education. Also, Canada’s places are rich with natural resources and diversity among people, food and weather. There are countless valuable and admirable things (not mentioned in here) one can find in these places. For example, in Prince Edward Island, I have seen nice beaches; in Ontario, I saw large cities and financial centres; in Alberta, I have seen oil; and in British Columbia, I have seen the Rocky Mountains.
Some people like living in the north to be part of mineral resources and/or to experience natural wonders, such as polar bears, icebergs and beautiful Northern Lights. In winters, temperatures there can go as low as minus fifty degrees Celsius. Perhaps cold weather is a good thing. My father told me that very cold temperatures kill certain bugs or disease germs. They may also motivate people to work hard so that they can stay warm.
These are only a few places that people might like when travelling in Canada. With so many places and resources to choose from in Canada, some people may take these things for granted. From a traveller’s perspective, I can see that Canada is full of prosperity and resources. Every time I travel in this country, I enjoy and learn important lessons about Canada, its people and myself.
It is a blessing having all these choices. Sometimes, you want to live in all of the places, and sometimes it may be difficult choosing only one place to live in.
For example, someone asked me where he should live between Ontario and Alberta. I told the person that the decision/answer depends on so many factors surrounding him. I told him that it all comes back to what he wants in life.
At the end of the day, the person has to make the decision. The following questions might help people seeking answers about where to live between these two provinces. As I have been to both places, the questions below might guide you in making the proper decision for yourself.
These questions are only a few examples; there are many things that you may be interested in, apart from the things mentioned below. I advise you to do the research between the two places, before making a final decision about where to live. As well, the decision me evolve with time. It may not be static one.
For me, travelling is not limited to travelling long distances (from one province to another or from one country to another), but travelling also includes, walking from one place to another, as well as driving within my local community.
When I travel in this country (Canada), I experience wonders. Recently, when I travelled to British Columbia [BC], I drove through the clouds on the mountains. I was near to the sky and the Pacific Ocean. This feeling humbled me and made me heed to my surrounding. I became more conscientious about the environment, what it offers and what I may offer back. Such experiences are unique among us. In the Canadian West Coast, I experienced the richness of the earth: the Rocky Mountains, the forests, the lakes and rivers and the richness of fresh seafood.
In the summer times, when I visited BC, I saw many people were vibrant, having fun, eating on the street corridors and driving fancy vehicles. Some people were sunbathing at the waterfronts of Vancouver; some people were playing with children and others were having romantic activities, such as holding hands together and so on. It was summer time, so most of the people must have been on holidays or simply enjoying life.
Why Travel Canada & Beyond: There are many things you can discover when you travel. This is the reason I wrote this book you see on this site. I find out more about myself and who I am. I'm fascinated about my country's (Canada's) vastness in land and diversity among people, foods, places and the weather. Truly, when you travel, you appreciate yourself, others and the places you visit. I have seen the kindness and vibrancy of people everywhere I travel. It is a blessing to be in this wonderful place.