My oral exam lasted exactly three minutes. It may have something to do with the fact I wrote in big bold letter “I am French !” in answer to the question “where did you learn French?” in the preliminary questionnaire. The examiner was a nice guy and admitted there was no point in testing me any further. Phew, thanks.
Monthly Archives: November, 2009
Believe it or not, the stereotypical Canadian is not a lumberjack, doesn’t live in an igloo somewhere up North, and doesn’t always watch hockey.
Okay, the last part may be true. Hockey Night in Canada is probably the most popular TV program here.
One of the good sides of Fall and Winter is the amazing skies, cloud patterns and sunsets we are having. I’m not sure why the sky is so interesting at this time of the year, but I noticed it is definitely different compared to the summer.
At university, I feel like an alien among students.
when the class started in September, and when it was still hot, I felt like a nerd in the middle of a bunch of wanna-be strippers. Since when did mini-shorts and backless shirts become the students’ uniform? Gosh, I was once kicked out of class — admittedly in high school – because I wore jeans with holes in the knees!
For those in Paris or around: my dad is having an exhibition of his paintings in the suburb of Paris. From November 12th to December 6th, he is actually painting in the art gallery in front of the visitors. The exhibition will then last till December 20th, 2009. Go check it out and say hi from me, the ungrateful daughter who can’t fly home to admire his art!
Exactly four years ago, I got up very early. Feng and I got in the car still half asleep. It was a big day for me: I was crossing the border to the U.S.A only to come back to Canada a few minutes later, to validate my permanent resident visa and to become a landed immigrant.
On Saturday, Gail headed to Ottawa and we meet downtown, two addicts with cameras in need of something to shoot. Between rain showers, we covered the Chateau Laurier, Notre-Dame Church and many places in between downtown. With the greyish weather, it was almost like shooting in black and white but I’m quite happy with the results.
Have you ever heard of curling? Did you know that cricket was popular here? Can you name Canada’s official summer sport?
Looks like you need this 10 Canadian sports list!
I was downtown, shopping around, when suddenly I realized the sun was about to set (at 4:30 pm, stupid Winter time!). I rushed to Parliament Hill to catch a glimpse of it and I spend over an hour there, watching the amazing colors as the sun set on the city. It was just magic.
We headed to Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, as well as that in Ottawa of the Canadian monarch. The estate, located at 1 Sussex Drive, is huge. Like many officials places in Canada, such as the Parliament, it is open to general public for free.
Contrary to popular belief, Canadians don’t speak Canadian. Most speak English, or French, or even both. But Canadian English also has words or expressions not found, or not widely used, in other variants of English. Do you know these ten?
You hadn’t pictured me as a metalhead, had you? Well, I’m not usually into heavy metal but I love Metallica. I had heard the band was great live and I couldn’t wait to attend the concert in Ottawa.
The last leaves are falling, the sky is moody, the days are getting shorter and it’s a bit colder everyday. Almost winter, I guess.
To non-initiated people, it’s hard to explain what is going inside a Canadian’s head right before winter. It’s a mix of fear and pride, a mix of apprehension and excitement.