My First Real Canadian Winter

I’m sure everyone’s sick of hearing that 2014 began colder on Earth than it was on Mars, but this level of chill is completely new to me! Growing up in Victoria, BC, winter meant a slightly wetter, chillier time of year. -10C was pretty much as cold as it got, and snow was light, beautiful and fleeting.

Pretty much the coldest winter I experienced in BC. Near Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island.

Pretty much the coldest winter I experienced in BC. Near Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island.

I knew that moving to Stratford would be an interesting experience once winter rolled around. The obvious answer is that it is cold. Cold. Cold. Cold.

This was also the year of the South-Ontario Ice Storm and the Mid-Western States’ so-called “Polar Vortex” (most Canadians would call it “Winter”).

Ice-encased antenna! I've never seen anything like this before!

Ice-encased antenna! I’ve never seen anything like this before!

I’m dumbfounded, I’m immobilized, I’m very, very cold. I’m also surprisingly… clumsy. I mean, I’ve never been the picture of grace, but walking in the knee-high snow and icy patches I am filled suddenly with childlike incoordination.

My arms stick out to keep precarious balance. My steps are small and quick and often result in slips. I stare at the ground to increase my chances of finding sturdy footholds, and when I fall, I fall all the way down and stay there until there is a strong hand to help me up.

Needless to say, it’s very time consuming and a bit embarrassing to go out for a walk. As a 25 year old adult, I’m re-learning how to walk.

Winter also offends my stylish side.

Other than the countless days indoors and the pillow-filled layers of clothing that render me almost completely immobile when I do go outside, winter in Ontario is remarkably enjoyable. I’m just glad I don’t own a car!

I have one friend from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who I know rolled her eyes through this; “Girl, you have NO IDEA.”

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Long-Time-No-See! Or Read?

I haven’t written in almost two months. I could blame this on being busy – which I gloriously have been – but it’s also laziness’ fault. Here are some of the things I’ve been up to, to tide you over until my next post 😛

I went to BC! Saw some nature, some ocean, some hippies, some Penthouses, and my friend’s wedding!

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Some nature.

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Some ocean.

Evidence of nearby hippies.

Evidence of nearby hippies.

Very excited to spend the morning on the Penthouse balcony!

Very excited to spend the morning on the Penthouse balcony!

Penthouse view.

Penthouse view.

The beautiful bride!

The beautiful bride.

I made a dope Halloween costume that I was WAY too proud of!

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I felt so badass as Bane!

And of course I needed a Batman!

And of course I needed a Batman!

Found some nature to look at in Ontario – I’m really glad that exists here too!

Wildwood, near St Mary's, ON

Wildwood, near St Mary’s, ON

Tobermory, at the tip o' the Bruce Peninsula on Lake Huron, ON. Photo credit to Tyler Maxwell Photographic Designs: http://tylerjgmaxwell.wix.com/photographic-designs

Tobermory, at the tip o’ the Bruce Peninsula on Lake Huron, ON.
Photo credit Tyler Maxwell Photographic Designs: http://tylerjgmaxwell.wix.com/photographic-designs

Tobermory, ON. Tyler Maxwell Photographic Designs: http://tylerjgmaxwell.wix.com/photographic-designs

Tobermory, ON.
Tyler Maxwell Photographic Designs:
http://tylerjgmaxwell.wix.com/photographic-designs

Thank you everyone for continuing to read even while I wasn’t posting fresh material! It’s incredibly flattering to see my number of views grow every day. Anyway, here’s hoping I get it together so I continue sharing my travel and life adventures!