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Anything related to my new life under the snow. From bitching about the weather to hockey games and the Stanley Cup, from culture shock to shocking culture, from old Europe to the New Continent, whatever is on my newcomer’s mind!

The Hugeness (4/10)

Unless you're from Russia or China, you will probably feel that Canada is a pretty big place. And if you're from Russia, please let's not argue about the Northwest Passage -- it's not like we can...

One… Spider Taking Over The City!

My English chum, Graham, is currently hosting a Photo hunt at One Man's Travel Blog. The theme of the month is "One" and here is... one major threat to the city of Ottawa, the one thing that could...

French And English (3/10)

The province of Quebec's official language is French, and the province of New-Brunswick is officially bilingual. For the other provinces and territories, it's a bit of a grey area... English is most...

Supper’s Ready

Do you know why I'm not a perfect woman? No, it's not -- only -- because I like muffins (a lot). It's a much deeper secret. Still don't know?

Let me put in simply. I'm French. And I'm a lousy cook.

Call Me (Not), Part II

I swear that’s the last time I fill in for the receptionist. I’m a bloody French teacher. NOT a receptionist. And if the woman can’t even remember if she’s supposed to be in a group or a private...

Hockey (2/10)

One of the reason we can stand the cold weather and long winters is... hockey, Canada's national sport. Think soccer for Brazil, NFL football for the US or cricket for India. That popular. Hockey is...

The Tipping Dilemma

So, 15% of $30... is...

No, I'm not calculating my Adsense revenues (that would be easy: $1 + 0.50¢ = $1.50... last time I checked!). I'm experiencing tipping-related stress. Don't laugh: it's common.

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...

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...

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...