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Author - Zhu

French woman in English Canada.

Looking for comrades to start a revolution.

In the meantime, I write stories, explore cultures and travel. You know, the usual.

Seven Things About Myself

One tag is easy enough to postpone: thank the blogger and "forget" (**hey, I'm kidding, don't un-suscribe!**). But how do you do when you're cornered by both France and Canada?

The Weather (1/10)

Obvious Canada #1 icon: the weather. When you think of Canada, you have the mental picture of a frozen tundra. Can't blame you, because it's pretty accurate! Weather changes are often drastic and we...

Winter In Canada

Winter has settled in the capital, and lately, we have been able to enjoy Canada's trademark weather: pure blue sky with a high of --20C. But don't think the weather is stopping us from going out.

Top Ten Reasons I Love Canada

I would have relaxed myself (translation: drink Diet Coke while smoking cigarettes and read forums), but as the new year is about to begin, I wanted to end 2007 on a positive note. So here are the...

The Other Side Of The Story

The volunteer took a step back as he spoke, as if my Europeanism could jump on him. I decide to not mention that I spent quite a lot of time in malaria infected areas in Latin America, and got my...

The Culture Of Fear

I grew up with the traditional French daemons: fascism and globalization. They were easy enough targets, and fighting against them included chanting socialist songs in demonstrations, keeping an eye...

Scar Tissue

No matter how hard I tried, I was never able to see out of my left eye. Nothing but a useless blurry picture, with a few black spots on the way. The world looks distorted in a pretty fun way but it...

On The Road To Nowhere

Occasionally, a bunch of dark coats men wait at the next station: tickets collectors. Upon seeing them, weird things would happen: people of all age would run towards the nearest doors, some would...

Through The Storm

On Monday night, while I was outside getting some fresh air smoking a last cigarette, I noticed a few flurries in the sky. But when I woke up the next day, there was just a bit of frost on the grass...

Cigarettes And Creationism

Cigarettes And Creationism

The shop assistant (or the owner, cause as far as I know he is here from 6:00 am to 12:00 am) looks up at me and obviously expects an answer. An Arabic language newspaper opened on the counter and no...

Can I See Your Bag, Please?

See, to me, there are two kind of women: women who like shoes, and women who like bags. And since I wear size 9 shoes (40 for European readers) -- but I must also say that I'm 1.75 meter ! -- I...

Us vs. Them

So, we (want) need immigrants. Preferably (young) not to old, (who won't need any social help) educated, and (white) who will blend in easily. Oh, and (no terrorists) (preferably Catholic ) -- no...

The Division Bell

Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some inner tide

Call Me (Not)

But she surprised me. Instead of mentioning my laziness (because she clearly remember that when she visited Paris, French were less efficient than Japanese, therefore they were lazy - some kind of...