This post is part of the new series on this blog: travel bloggers share their unforgettable travel experiences. Article by Lauren
When I think about how it’s been 6 months that I first landed in Canada and how it’s been 6 months- already?
Why did it feel so natural? Shouldn’t I get Culture-shocked? Be embarrassed when using my horrendous French?
I guess it’s because I’ve always been adept at being in new places. It’s the magic of Travel. It just feels so natural to be in a new environment that you feel like a local the moment you step out of the plane, but this time the adventure isn’t limited to a quick 3 day weekend or a 2 year expedition, I have a new place that I need to call home and I’m not sure about what would happen to me there, do I go completely mental and end up on the news as a poster girl for manic culture shock depression or do I apply the cool state of mind I’ve perfected since that time I got so terribly broke because I impulsively purchased a new flight ticket because I missed my 1st one and I had this unyielding insistence that I wanted to go to that secluded island the very next day. (or insert other travel mishaps here)
All things considered I feel like I am very lucky to have the opportunity to live in another country – and one so vastly different from my own. Everyday I get to see something new and I’m imploding with new information, even going to a grocery store feels epic and I was very giddy indeed the first time I had to ride the underground train. Little things that are often under appreciated or most often overlooked become a source of inspiration, I’m on a trip going to school, to the market, to another town. The city I call home now is not perfect, but I think it’s that perfect mix of strange and familiar that made me eager to call Montreal my new Home.
The single-most awesome moment that I think I would never forget would be seeing snow for the first time when I landed at Pierre-Trudeau and instantly feeling underwhelmed. I love the cold weather but remarking on the wet melting snow that sticks to my shoes is a guaranteed ice breaker. Random people on the bus stop will agree that snow sucks – and finding the silver lining in that is why I’m here.
Lauren is the presiding officer at www.Pandelicious.com she holds dominion over stuffed animals and fluffy toys. She spends most of her time reading Terry Pratchett and procrastinating on blogging about travel. She’s studying full-time and likes to take frequent naps.