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the first and last snow

February 28, 2014

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This was the first and only snow I saw this winter and when I look outside my window, it’s hard to believe snow even exists at all and that it is still several inches deep in certain parts of the world. Here, in London, it continues to rain and I’m thinking perhaps the UK should just give up and rename its seasons “the rainy season” and “the less rainy season”. Because, hey, will you look at that, the sky is spitting on us again.

So yeah. The weather. Also, I joined a Canadian expat group last month. We sit at the Maple Leaf pub in Covent Garden and eat chicken wings and drink Canadian beer and talk about hockey and why we are here (as in, London, not the Universe – it’s beer and chicken wing night, not “drop acid and get existential” night). No, we talk about the simple stuff, like how weird the Brits are and how poutine should never, ever be made with grated cheese (the cheese must squeak between your teeth when you bite into it and that is a fact). We talk about how it takes 3 days to cross Ontario and then someone mentions they come from Belleville and the guy from Ottawa replies “Ah ya! I know Belleville, my car broke down there once” and this is music to my ears. A strange comfort. A land I know.

Canada is a big place and not all Canadians are the same but here, we are fish out of water, and because of this we connect, even if only for a couple hours. We have a few beers, we watch a game, we go home and we come back every month to water our roots before we start to wither.

And on that note, I’m off to spend the weekend studying for my Life in the UK test.

I know. The good times never end around here.

Happy weekend, kids. xo

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Alison permalink
    March 1, 2014 2:34 pm

    How fun to be in a group like that. That’s great. Next time you go you can tell them that our car broke down in Cobourg and I still get a bad feeling every time I go through there. 🙂

  2. Kristen Ritchie permalink
    March 2, 2014 6:40 pm

    I’m reading this blog entry from Kingston, Ontario, which is one hour from Belleville and 2 from Ottawa. I’m glad to know you’re getting some Canadiana into your life in England. It’s a beautiful winters day here. The snow is still on the ground and the snow banks are still high. : )

  3. March 5, 2014 4:05 am

    We have a few FEET of snow. The kind of snow banks that you can’t see around while driving. So, um, yeah. Snow exists.

    I am excited that you have an expat group. I really hope that after a few beers, you sing Oh, Canada. I love how your Canadians sing! I wish we did that in the US.

  4. arabella permalink
    March 14, 2014 3:40 pm

    Everything about this makes me happy happy happy. That thing where you bond over the stuff that NO ONE AROUND YOU GETS? That’s worth more than the price of a beer and some wings. I just always love the irony that you are constantly surrounded by the people and things that I miss. And you should know that in lieu of a British ex-pat group, I have instituted afternoon tea, daily at 4.00pm in my house. Complete with tea tray, milk in a jug and a few biscuits. Not the hot kind. xo xo xo xo

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