The Refugee ‘Welcome Kit’ Nods to a Kinder Canada—and a Harsher World · thewalrus.ca

This is a long and lovely essay about Canada’s greeting to refugees.  It was written before the inauguration and the dramatic rise in refugees walking or swimming across the Canadian border. The federal government has stayed pretty silent on how to handle the recent changes in policies, south of the Canadian border.

Parkas, art, and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms embody an aspirational vision for our country

Source: The Refugee ‘Welcome Kit’ Nods to a Kinder Canada—and a Harsher World · thewalrus.ca

Northern Cree prepare for their return to the Grammy Awards – Home | q | CBC Radio

Many Canadians are really not familiar with the traditional music of this nation but the members of Northern Cree have been drumming for round dances and pow wows since 1982!  According to their webpage, “the group originates from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation but is made up of members from the Treaty 6 area, most notably the Frog Lake Cree Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Louis Bull Cree Nation, and the Poundmaker Cree Nation.”  All of the members have full-time jobs and other activities that keep them busy, like raising their families but the group is frequently present at round dances in the winter, pow wows in the summer, and award shows when they are nominated.  Tonight, they will be opening for the Grammy Awards, after being nominated for an award for the 7th time!  Take some time to listen to some of their contemporary and traditional music, as well as the CBC interview with Steve Wood (very slow and clear English).

Northern Cree’s Steve Wood discusses his group’s Grammy nomination and their upcoming performance at the ceremony’s pre-show.

Source: Northern Cree prepare for their return to the Grammy Awards – Home | q | CBC Radio

Perseids Meteor Shower and Pow Wow camping weekend

Camping at Coal Lake in June, we saw that there was an excellent view of the dark night sky from our campsite.  When I realized that the annual Perseids Meteor showers were going to brightest and most active on a weekend, this was a good place to return.  As well, I saw that Samson Cree Nation was holding their pow wow on the same weekend, only about 20 minutes south of the campground.  On the way through Wetaskiwin, we could see many people camping for a rock concert in town, camped only inches apart.  At the municipal campground, only a dozen or so camping units spent the weekend, and our evenings were very peaceful.  The firewood was very dry and seasoned, and it burned extremely well, as we watched the night sky.  At first, nothing moved. Then, we gradually started to see movement, often slow, and occasionally extremely fast and bright, as the meteors crossed the sky.  Friday night was clear, so we had very good visibility.

On Saturday morning, we went out for a hike after finishing breakfast. We searched for the Waskahegan Trail, but I realized after we were done that the trail is on the West side of the lake, not the east.  Since we didn’t find a trail, we got out for about 8K on the country roads. After returning to the campground, some of us took naps, most of us read, and we tried out my “slackline”, a low and easy trapeze.  Some people got pretty good at using it.  I only managed a little bit, with a person on either side to hold onto!  Some of the group went to investigate Bittern Lake, a wildlife area.  They discovered that the grass was very long, the lake was very low, and there were many ATV users there, going fast.

In the evening, most of us went to Maskwacis, to enjoy the Samson Cree Nation pow wow. This was a really beautiful event.  the vendors had a great selection, and the food was top-notch.  It was fascinating to watch the hand games, a complicated version of the “shell game” at carnivals.  Each team had drummers and singers, so there was a LOT of great energy in the building where the games were happening.  Grand entry and the intertribal competition were both spectacular.  It would have been nice to stay late, but I was worried about night driving where there are a lot of deer and moose, so we got back to the campsite about 11. There was some heavy rain on our way back and the night was cloudy, so not much good for watching the meteors.

Sunday, most people wanted to get back home pretty early, but a couple of us went over to Camrose to take a look around.  The town is very well-maintained and the area around Mirror Lake is especially lovely. We visited Norsemen Brewery, located in the large Norsemen Inn.  It doesn’t really have the “vibe” of a micro-brewery, being a very large pub, but their 3 beers were all tasty. After that, it was less than an hour to drive back to downtown Edmonton.

August long weekend @Whitney Lakes Provincial Park

I first visited the Ross Lake campground at Whitney Lakes in 2014, and I was really impressed with the place.  Campsites are extra-big, and quite private. There are several very nice lakes, where swimming is very nice, and it’s close to several hiking trails, including the Iron Horse Trail, and the historic Carlton Trail.  I recommended the trip to my cane club(s) and outdoor club last year and this year, but people seem to have different ideas about how to spend a long weekend.  Luckily, there was one member of my outdoors club who wanted to go camping someplace new.  Depending on how you go, and whether you stop, it takes about 2 1/2-3 hours to drive to Whitney Lakes from Edmonton, on quiet highways. We stopped in both directions at Mundare & Two Hills, and we also paused in Elk Point and Myrnam on our return trip.

I was hoping to paddle for one day on the North Saskatchewan River, but we didn’t have another vehicle to provide shuttle service. Nevertheless, paddling was very pleasant on Ross Lake, as well as Whitney Lake.  I really enjoyed the calls of the loons on Whitney Lakes.  Swimming was also quite lovely on both lakes. On Sunday afternoon, the weather was warm and sunny for 2-3 hours, long enough to nap on the beach, and to enjoy going back and forth between warming up on the beach and cooling off in the lake.  The area is very popular with families.  There were motorboats on the lakes, but they weren’t terribly noisy and busy.

We tried hiking around Whitney Lake, but a portion of the trail was underwater, in both directions. The Iron Horse Trail out of Lindbergh was a nice spot to enjoy all of the birds, berries, and butterflies that were plentiful.

The days were pretty cloudy, with rain threatening much of the time. It rained extremely heavily on Saturday and Sunday nights.  Our neighbours helped us out by setting up tarps over our tents, including one of their own.  They set them up while we were off canoeing, and they drove away from the campground very early Monday, leaving us their tarp and ropes!  Evening campfires were great, and we ate very well.

On the way back to Edmonton, we enjoyed the traditional Ukrainian church in Myrnam.  In Two Hills, we were curious to visit the “Mexican Family Store”. When we went inside, we saw that about half the store sold fabrics and Bibles for Mennonite families in the area, and the other half had a wide range of Mexican food and cleaning products.  It seems that the town is being settled by Mexican Mennonites, who also speak German, and there is a large Mennonite school in the town.  I picked up vanilla, panela (solid cane sugar), and a number of other spices and Mexican foods.  We also noticed that the main restaurant in town advertised Mexican, Ukrainian, and Western cuisine. That was a pretty big surprise, in rural Alberta!  In Mundare, we visited Stawnichy’s Ukrainian (Mundare) Sausage, a famous, long-standing business (0ver 50 years). It was a great place to pick up assorted meats, and some delicious Ukrainian food, including fruit perogies and cabbage rolls.

Enoch Pow Wow

Last weekend, there were 2 pow wows, which were both held fairly close to Edmonton: Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation (near Lac Ste. Anne), and Enoch Cree Nation, near the end of Whitemud Drive, in west Edmonton.  My grandson and I attended Grand Entry at Enoch, on Saturday night.  I first attended Enoch pow wow about 15 years ago, when it was held mid-week, and the old arbour held only a few people.  What a change now!  There were a few hundred camping units on the site (next to highway 60), and a long lineup for security to check entering cars for drugs, alcohol, and weapons.  On the grounds, there were many vendors with food and clothing for sale.  We were able to put our blanket down to save a seat in the arbour, but it was very full, in advance of Grand Entry.

It’s hard to describe how powerful it is, when all of the 1-20 drumming groups are playing and singing, and hundreds of dancers and dignitaries fill the ring.  There are many different styles of dancing, and the regalia is so amazingly colourful!  Take a look and see for yourself.  I only use my cellphone to take pictures, so you can get much more amazing photographs if you have a good camera. There will be several more pow wows coming this summer, and several of them will be within 1 hour of Edmonton.  It’s well worth your time to visit one.

Why every Canadian should attend a pow wow

 

25 Things to do in Edmonton on Canada Day 2016

Canada Day Parades

Canadian summers are full of long weekends, which give us extra time to enjoy all of our favourite activities.  Here are some, which may be especially good to do with kids, but kids aren’t necessary for most!  The Legislature grounds are the place to spend the day if you really want to see and do as much as possible to celebrate the holidays, but all of the small towns, and many neigbourhoods will have special Canada Day celebrations, complete with fireworks.  Fireworks won’t usually start until 11, since the sky is too light to enjoy the show before that.  For me, camping is the way to go for any long weekend, so I made my reservations months ago!

Source: http://www.raisingedmonton.com/25-things-to-do-in-edmonton-on-canada-day-2016-yeg-yegkids/?platform=hootsuite

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Pow Wow Season 2016

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Every summer, there are colourful, amazing festivals that take place at First Nations all around the province.  Dancers and drummer practice all through the winter season, and family members help to make the dancer’s regalia by hand.  I have posted … Continue reading

Advice for a Newcomer to Edmonton, Canada; student writing, could/should

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Hi Buddy,

 

When you arrive in Edmonton, you should have your coat and scarf ready. Make sure to include a good pair of shoes because it has already snowed, but do not be afraid. It’s very beautiful to be a part of the cold winter.

When we are together, you could learn that Tim Hortons is famous here for their coffee. You should choose the large-size coffee to warm up. You should go to an English school to schedule an interview, but you shouldn’t arrive late anywhere because punctuality is very important.

Finally, you should bring an international driver’s license, because you could drive my car that I’ll provide with pleasure.

See you,

P.s.: Could you bring me a “Super 8” chocolate? I will be very grateful.

 

Hi,

Edmonton is a great city. It’s very beautiful and has everything for you to do. Here, there are pretty good and big shopping areas, parks and places for visiting. In the summer, it’s very good, but now it’s amazing. I met some people in Brazil who would like to come here now, but I advise a great coat and boots for seeing the snow. It’s very cold. They should have a lot of money for eating, a hotel and activities here. Edmonton and other cities nearby are all very expensive.

In the winter, people usually go out for skiing and other activities. I think it’s a great idea. They could go skiing and see the mountains, which are also a fantastic option.

The restaurants here are wonderful, but they are also very expensive. They should bring a lot of money. The hotels are good too, but they should look with attention before booking, so they don’t have any surprises.

I think the people in Canada are terrific and very polite. They could be a little more patient with people in hotels and restaurants. In Brazil the people are polite too, but sometimes they don’t have a lot of patience when they don’t like something.

I’d like them to have a good vacation here.

 

Hello my friend,

I’m writing this letter to give you some information about Canada, especially Edmonton. It’s an interesting city. If you like winter sports, you should come in the winter. There are so many activities to do like skiing, skating and hockey. You could watch a live hockey game. You should buy warm clothes: a good coat, gloves and comfortable shoes. You could buy a ticket online or at a travel office, but you shouldn’t arrive late for your flight.

If you like nice weather, you could come in spring or summer, when there are so many things to do. You could walk next to the river or go running there. It’s so beautiful, especially in summer time. You could visit the museum and you should go to the mountains, where there is a beautiful view and good places to stay.

So I’m waiting for you request.

Best Regards,

 

Dear Godparents,

For your trip to Edmonton you should be at the airport three hours before your boarding time. Because of the attacks and threats, they have increased security measures. Then, you should take your luggage to the check-in counter. When you arrive here, you could take a taxi but it’s not necessary because I’ll pick you up. Now it’s very cold and there is snow, so you should bring warm clothes and snow boots. You could bring them but if they aren’t warm enough, we could buy some new boots or clothes here. I think it’s not necessary for you to bring anything more. Remember that you must pick up your luggage in the Toronto airport (Pearson) for it to be reviewed in immigration. Then, you should take your luggage to the check-in counter and them you should go through security one more time. You shouldn’t worry because it’s very easy, and you can rest when you arrive. When you have rested, we are going to see the city and we could visit different places like the Rocky Mountains and you will be very happy to have been here.

 

Dear family,

When you visit me, remember this advice: you could come here in winter or summer. When you buy your ticket, you should decide immediately what seat you want in the plane. You could have an aisle seat or a window seat. I prefer a window seat, but you need to interrupt other people, for example, when you want to go the bathroom.

 

If it’s winter, you should bring gloves, a hat, a scarf, tights and all kinds of very warm clothes and shoes. You should bring moisturizing cream because the air here is very dry and you will probably need more moisture in your skin.

 

Edmonton is really a very nice city and the people are friendly but when you meet a new person you should greet them without kissing. Some people greet you with a handshake. When you visit in a house, generally you should take off your shoes.

 

Here in the winter, you have a lot of options for enjoying the winter. You could go skiing, snowboarding or hiking in the snow. You should visit West Edmonton Mall. It’s a big shopping centre, and it was the world’s largest commercial centre in the past. And you should also visit the arena to watch a team play a hockey game because it’s a very fast and exciting sport.

 

I think you should see Banff and Jasper. In Banff, Lake Louise is so beautiful. These are interesting places for enjoying nature and practicing different sports.

 

 

I think that Edmonton is an amazing city, especially for its nature and tranquility. People here could have different options, such as shopping, hiking, concerts, nightclubs, and good restaurants. But, I think that people should do or see a principally winter activity, such as skiing, hiking in the river valley, or seeing a hockey game.

When my cousin is going to stay here, he should ski or go snowboarding. He could go to Snow Valley Ski Club, Rabbit Hill Snow Resort or Edmonton Ski Club. He should see an Oilers game, and he could watch the game on TV or go to Arena. I think that he should see the game in the Arena, where he is going to feel more emotion and connection with the Canadian people. For me, the best place in Edmonton is always in the river valley, and my cousin should go hiking or cross country skiing in this place.

 

My parents will soon come to Canada only for visiting my sister. When they arrive here, they should buy jackets, gloves and boots for the snow. It’s very important because it’s very cold here. Also, they could buy or bring medical supplies. They’re older and should be careful.

My sister could choose winter activities for them, relaxing things that they would like. She couldn’t choose extreme activities and she should choose the best things for them.

My mom should make Mexican food because my sister loves my mom’s food. She could make enchiladas or tamales, my sister’s favourite foods.

Welcome to Canada. Canada is cold in the winter, especially in Edmonton. It is really cold here in winter, sometimes 30 or 40 degrees below zero. The snow is thick also the wind is very strong. You should put on thick coats, wear a cotton-padded cap, scarves and gloves, and you should also put on thick cotton shoes. There better be good quality cotton shoes for the snow, so you can walk on the snow without falling. Edmonton public facilities have air conditioning, like buses, and the shopping mall so you should wear thick clothes outside, but when you are inside, you need less clothes, so make sure that it’s easy to take off your coat in public.

If you drive in Edmonton, you should choose an SUV or another relatively heavy car. This is convenient for you in the snow. You should drive slowly and carefully, and not too close to the car in front of you, in order to prevent accidents.

If you want to come skiing in Edmonton, you should rent ski equipment here.

 

Hi Friend!

How are you? I am good!   We are waiting for you to visit. We can meet you at the airport. Canada is a very interesting country and we want to show it to you. Could you write to me where you want to go? It is winter now. You should bring a warm jacket and some sweaters. And you should bring warm and comfortable shoes. Clothing should be warm and comfortable. We will be doing a lot of walking.

Also, we can go to the gym, so you should bring sportswear. We can have a good time.

 

 

Good & Bad Experiences: vacations and nights out

 

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My necessary travel equipment: passport, ID & money, and a good book

 

Last night:

 

Last night, I went out with my friends. Nine women got together, and we went to Pampa. It’s a Brazilian restaurant that’s downtown. It’s a good restaurant but more expensive. We had meat and wine, and we talked about men, politics and life. We had a fun time there, and then we went to Central Social Hall. It’s a bar, and we drank and danced there. I don’t like drinking alcohol very much, so I drank one Cuba Libre, which is rum with Coca Cola. I don’t like dancing either, so I didn’t go out very late. I got home at midnight. I went home in my friend’s boyfriend’s car. The rest of my friends danced and drank until very late, so they got home about 3 o’clock. It was a good night but not very much fun for me.


When we traveled to Real de Catorce, my first bad experience was when we burst a tire on the way. We had to stop for 3 hours because we hadn’t brought a spare tire, and that was boring. The people in the village were friendly, and they helped us to buy another tire because we didn’t know where to go.

My second bad experience was in the desert. When we were down in the desert, it started raining and we couldn’t ride because the land was converted to quicksand. We got stuck in the mud for 5 hours, and we had to stand around until the rain was over. It was terrible and funny because when we finished, we were very dirty.


I’m writing about a night out with friends. One weekend, three months ago, I went to another city to visit two very good friends.

When I arrived at my friend’s house, I got dressed in her home to go out. After that, we went to pick up my other friend. We went first to a restaurant for dinner and after that, we went to a quiet pub to drink and talk. Once we went into the bar, we met other friends and we decided go to a party in another city 1 hour away from this city. But the four had drunk alcohol, so that wasn’t a great idea. We drove, and then left my car in the parking lot, so we paid for a taxi to travel to the other city. We danced and drank until 7 in the morning. In the disco, I lost my coat, but someone returned it. The moment with my friends was fantastic and it finished when they closed the disco. Then, we returned to my friend’s house and slept here. When I got up, I remembered my car but I didn’t remember where it was parked, so my friend and I searched for it for 2 hours! I was very angry and I felt pretty bad but finally I found my car and laughed about the experience.


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In Edmonton, the Sugar Bowl is a restaurant and bar, and this is my favourite place. I went with a friend two weeks ago. I wanted to have food with meat, but because of my limited English, the waiter didn’t understand me and I got three burgers. I was eating burgers all week and I didn’t want this food any more! But this restaurant is always excellent. I get breakfast there with my husband every weekend, and we always have a good time there. We talk about our families, our country and our experiences and plans in Canada. There, I can see interesting people, and the majority are students at University of Alberta. The ambiance is very nice. When I finish my breakfast, I get a coffee and I go to my apartment walking between the trees, and beside the river.


Hi,

I traveled to the beach in Brazil two years ago with my husband. We drove there by car. It was great because I love to drive for a long time.

When we arrived there, it was a terrible experience for me. The place was beautiful. But everything went wrong that day. The weather was pretty bad; it was raining a lot and cold. We didn’t go to the beach. We stayed in the hotel for one day with nothing to do. The hotel was horrible. The people were unfriendly, they didn’t accept cards, only money, they didn’t have parking for the car, and the room smelled bad. I didn’t like the sheets because they weren’t clean enough for me. I asked my husband to move to another hotel, but they were all full. However, I liked the food. It was terrific.

At night, my husband and I went out to see the city. I loved the city; it was fantastic. There were good restaurants, many stores were open late at night and many people were in the street. It was supposed to be a three-day vacation, but we returned home on the second day.

I went back there again, but that time, the weather was amazing and we stayed at a fantastic hotel.


I went out with some friends, and we went to a pub and restaurant. It was a good one, with a beautiful design. We had typical food, like steak, salad, and fish, and then we had wine and entertainment. It was a very good evening. My friends and I enjoyed live music, we danced, and we talked about our vacations and experiences. We enjoyed our evening and we went home by taxi. We left the pub at 2 am, and we got at home about 2:30 am.

Fantastic. We had a great time: 10/10 points.


Bad experiences.

I went home last September, and I when I came back to Edmonton, my flight was terrible. I had to wait in the airport for 3 hours. The food on the plane was bad because it was cold. The flight attendants were also cold. After I got to Montréal at 11 pm, I missed my other flight, and I waited in airport another 12 hours for the next one. I was very tired because I didn’t sleep. After that, I finally arrived in Edmonton. For me, it was a bad experience.




A bad day in Valencia:

My girlfriend and I went to Valencia in the summer. One day was horrible because that day the people were unfriendly and cold in general and the weather was terrible (Oh my God!): It rained all day! My girlfriend lost her wallet in the restaurant where we went that day and the food was pretty bad (we did not return). At night, we went to a pub with live music and it was fantastic (we liked it). We drank a lot of alcohol, we ate a very big meal and then we went home by car at about 7:00 a.m. It was a day to forget, a bad day.


Hi sweetie,

How are you?   I went to Beijing.   The weather was fantastic. First I drove to Bar Street, a street with about 50 bars. The people were friendly. I was lost, and they directed me. I went to Wangfujing Hotel, where there were lots of people and delicious food. After dinner, I went to a teahouse because it’s a good place to talk.

Holiday: My husband, my son and I came to Beijing. The weather was horrible, we couldn’t get a taxi, I lost my luggage, and I was very anxious. The people were unfriendly. We checked into a hotel, but it was dark. When we came to a restaurant, it was crowded with too many people, and someone stole my wallet. I felt so depressed, and this holiday was very unhappy.


I wanted to tell you about my trip when I went to Germany.

This was a bad experience. Why? Let me explain that. I flew from Belgium to Frankfurt in Germany and on the plane, everyone was talking in German and a little English. I was frustrated, and I didn’t know what to do when I needed something. I didn’t know how to ask questions. You know what? I asked for water to drink and I didn’t specify that I wanted mineral water, either non-sparkling or with gas. So, the hostess gave me gas water, which I didn’t like because I don’t like sparkling water.

When I arrived in Frankfurt, I couldn’t find one of my suitcases. This was another problem, how to ask the question and in what language? The people didn’t respond, and they were unfriendly and very cold.

But just after, I asked another hostess the question: did she work at the airport, and did she speak French? She replied yes, and I was very happy because I was already starting to cry. And she got the information about my luggage. She told me to write everything that I had in my luggage and also the address where I would be. She told me to be quiet, and they would send me home. The good news is that I received my luggage 3 days later.

Thanks


I went out with my friends, Victoria and Elvira, in August. I wore blue trousers, a white blouse, and high heel shoes. My friends also wore nice clothes.

We went to “Hard Rock Café”, which is a bar and restaurant. There is good food and live music. On the weekends, various rock bands perform.

We had different dishes and drank wine and beer. We talked about music, movies and fashion.

We had a wonderful time.

After the restaurant, our husbands came for us. I got home at 1:30 am.


When we lived in Kuala Lumpur, I had bad experiences with taxi drivers. My daughter and I were returning from my friends’ place. We caught a taxi near her home. He said that price would be 15 RM. When we arrived, he said that the price was 50 RM. When I refused to pay, the taxi driver shouted at us. The guard from our condominium helped us. I paid 15 RM and he left. It was terrible and unpleasant.



IMG_2363.JPGWhen I flew to Canada I had a very stressful trip. This was my first flight, I flew alone, and I didn’t know the English language. The entire trip lasted 20 hours. I had two transfers, first in Warsaw in Poland. I had very little time, maybe 50 minutes and I was afraid that I would not make my connecting flight. And my second flight change was in Toronto, Canada. The airport was very large and very strange. I had to find my baggage and my plane to Edmonton. I had three hours until my next plane to Edmonton, but checking to find my baggage and debriefings in Customs and Immigration took me a long time. Everything is very difficult when you don’t speak the English language. My last flight from Toronto to Edmonton was first delayed for 30 minutes and then the storms ended, and we could land in Edmonton. When I landed I was very happy because I was very tired of traveling. For my 2 weeks back in Poland, unfortunately, I have to survive this journey again. I have learned a little English, so it will certainly be easier!

 

Differences between my country and Edmonton for me

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Students in Intermediate A were learning about “Can” and “Have to”, and they were interested in comparing Edmonton and their hometowns.  I think they did an excellent job!

First, I like to live in Edmonton, but I love Brazil. I like to stay here because I can study English, work and meet new people. In Brazil, I can’t study English and work. The English schools in my country are pretty bad and when I studied in University, I was so busy.

In Brazil, I had a big apartment and a car. Here I have a small apartment and I don’t have a car. This is terrible for me because I love having a big space and driving a car.

I enjoy visiting my family every year. In my country, I could visit my family and eat different types of food at my mom’s house. In Edmonton, this is difficult for me. I’m a Christian, and I like to go to church, but here I can’t go a lot. In my country, I could usually go to church.

I’m fine here too. Living here has positive and negative points for my life.


 

Hi, I’m new here. Now I live in Canada, and before I lived in Spain. When I lived in Spain, I had three dogs, but in Canada I don’t have dogs. In Spain, I had a house in the country, but in Canada, I have a house in the city. In Spain, I could see my family every day, but in Canada I can’t see my family every day. In Spain, I could always speak Spanish, but in Canada I can’t always speak Spanish. In Spain, I could understand everything, but in Canada I can’t understand everything. But I have wanted to learn English, and here, I can do it!!!


 

Differences between Edmonton and Bogota:

Not all of the differences between my home and Edmonton are about the climate. Many things are very different, such as the food, the clothing, and the culture. As Colombia is in the tropics there aren’t any seasons, but in Edmonton, the year has seasons.
• In Colombia, I can wear the same clothing all year, but in Edmonton, it depends on the season.
• In Colombia, I can’t ski, but in Edmonton, I can ski while it’s winter.
• In Colombia, I can find many fruits while in Edmonton I can buy some fruits.
• In Edmonton, I can move around the city very fast and quietly, while in Bogota, Colombia, transportation is complicated and slow, so I can’t move around quickly.
• In Edmonton, I can’t wake up with the sunrise while in Colombia, I can wake up at sunrise.


 

When I stayed in Poland, I had to study all day and I had more free time, let’s say two weeks. I was driving in Germany and I had to work all day. In Canada, I have to study English all day. It’s good for me. I can’t work here, because I am on a Visitor Visa. In Poland and Germany, I can see my parents, my brother and my friends. Here I can’t see them, so I have to use Skype to talk to them. In Poland, I didn’t have time to learn English, but here I can learn it all the time, when I’m going to school, on the metro and bus, in shops, at school, and at home. Everywhere, there is English. In Canada, I have time for myself. I can grow and learn new things. For example, I can play golf, I can ski, and I can go ice skating. I can travel, and Canada is beautiful. I love this place. In Poland, I haven’t time for travel, because I always study and work. Here I can read more books and here they change me. I would like to stay here because I can do so much here! ☺


 

Differences between Edmonton and Spain

In Spain, we can swim in the rivers in summer and in Edmonton, we can’t swim in the rivers because they’re too cold. In Spain, we can use the metro, but in Edmonton, we can’t use the metro, because we don’t have it. In Edmonton, we can play rugby on the street, but in Spain, we can’t play rugby on the street because we don’t have curbs. In Spain, we had the Olympics in Barcelona, and in Canada, they had the Olympics in Montreal, in Calgary, and in Vancouver.

When I lived in my country, I had to work all day. Here, I only study English in the mornings, and two afternoons a week. I can’t work because I have a tourist visa and I don’t speak English very well.


 

In Argentina, I saw my family in the evenings and on weekends. Spending time together was normal. Now, I can’t see them in person, and I have to speak to them on Skype or WhatsApp. However, in Canada I have a different experience. I can meet many other people, and I can travel to my country to see my family.

When I was an adolescent, I wanted to know snow but now I think when it’s snowing, it’s nice for the first two days. After that, I’d prefer to see the snow on TV. It is so cold and snow is not my favourite thing about Canada, but with positive thoughts, I think I can handle it. I don’t like to go out to ski or sled, or go walking in the snow, but when I stay inside for this I really enjoy these moments.

In my province, the temperature is never minus zero and in winter, you don’t have to wear a coat. The climate is so hot, but here, I have to wear very warm clothes for the winter, and it’s truly cold.

In my city, I don’t have to speak another language. It is not a tourist city and is very strange to meet people from other cultures. Here, I have to learn English and I have the opportunity to get to know interesting people.


 

Hello! I came to Edmonton from Kiev, Ukraine. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine. Edmonton and Kiev are different cities, but sometimes, they are very similar. Kiev and Edmonton are both located on the banks of a river. The river in Ukraine is called the Dnieper. Here it is as beautiful as it is in Kiev. A lot of my friends live in Ukraine, and I really miss them. I hope that in Edmonton, I can find a lot of friends.

I graduated from Kiev University, and in Edmonton I want to continue to learn. Now, I am learning English.


 

Hi,
When I left Africa (DRC) for Europe (France) and I arrived in France, I experienced many changes. The climate changed because there are 4 seasons. I discovered the metro and high-speed train, and then I had the ease of traveling by car or train in France. Now that I’ve been in Canada for 5 months of this, it is still a very great discovery and a big change.

I like Canada because people are nice and I like the city of Edmonton, too. There are differences; for example in France, we can’t pass another car on the right but in Canada it’s normal. In France, the speeds are so fast on the road, but not here, where drivers take their time driving. In France, I used the Euro, and here, the Canadian dollar is very complicated. In Edmonton, there are not many trains, and when I want to travel, I usually have to use a plane. Winter is really different here than in Europe, so I hope I’ll get used to it.

Thanks


 

Hi Sugar,
How are you? I miss you very much! I have been here for a year in Edmonton. I like it very much. Edmonton traffic is very convenient because is not as crowded as Dalian, China. And people here are very polite and friendly. But it is cold in winter, and it is not as warm as Dalian. The clothes here are not as fashionable or beautiful as in Dalian. Even so, I like the city.

In Edmonton, I can take part in English learning, I can go to church, go shopping, I can go to the gym, and go skiing. But I cannot work here because I am on a tourist visa. So, I cannot work and I cannot drive here because the Chinese drivers’ license cannot be used here. These things are not the same as in Dalian.

In Edmonton, I have to do everything I can, and if I do, if I stay positive, then I have a shot at a silver lining. I don’t have to work hard. Ha ha!

Take care of yourself.

Another fun summer weekend! Things to do in and near Edmonton

Every weekend in the summer, there are many events, activities and festivals, in and around Edmonton.  These are just a few of them.

We’re going to take the Edmonton Streetcar tomorrow to visit the Whyte Avenue area (Old Strathcona).  The streetcar is very interesting and a very convenient and inexpensive way to travel between Old Strathcona and downtown.

Edmonton Streetcar: 100-year-old streetcars have been restored and are operated by volunteers to travel between downtown and Old Strathcona.  $5/return.

Edmonton Streetcar: 100-year-old streetcars have been restored and are operated by volunteers to travel between downtown and Old Strathcona. $5/return.

We’re going to visit the Edmonton Sand Sculpture Exhibition, near Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard.  Sand sculptures are very popular in beach locations.  They’re not very common, here in urban Alberta!

The Sand on Whyte is part of a popular, long-running art festival, Edmonton Art Walk, which has operated near Whyte Avenue for many years.

Edmonton Street Performers’ Festival is continuing in Churchill Square, if you want to see acrobats, comedians, or jugglers performing.

For a very unique activity, there are also 2 pow wows being held near Edmonton this weekend:

Enoch Cree Nation is very close to West Edmonton Mall.  Take Whitemud Drive outside the city to Highway 60, and then travel south past the townsite (less than 5 kilometres).  The pow wow arbour is on the east (left) side of the highway, travelling south.

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation is located north of Lac Ste. Anne, near Glenevis, AB.  It would be about a 1-hour drive to visit from Edmonton.