More like a nightmare when it gets too cold. Like, super fucking cold, -26 Celsius, with -36 Celsius windchill. And that was the weather on my first day in Ottawa. Nonetheless, it is so beautiful, it really looks the part of winter wonderland. It just doesn’t feel like it when you’re walking, because you would be too busy shivering, and in my case, trying not to slip on ice or step on slushy wet melted snow.
So anyway, I’ve been here for almost 2 months now. I am still not immune to the cold. So many things have happened. Everything happens so fast that one week is a long time of not updating friends, yet time passes by so fast that you just want to slow it down and relax and enjoy and really appreciate everything.
And well, I’d like to think that I’ve been too busy enjoying life here to blog haha. But the truth is that (ahem), and because I’m too lazy. You know, why blog when you can sleep/watch tv/go out? I actually intended to write about my adventures here, in my mind I imagined posts after posts about my amazing adventures haha, but I just never got around to actually doing it.
Okay, here goes. This will just be about my first few days in Ottawa, where I was extremely Asian and took pictures of everything hahaha.
We actually arrived the night before I think. It was the coldest T_T We walked to a diner nearby on Elgin Street and holy shit I thought I was going to die. I was wondering how the heck does anyone go out and do anything at all in this weather. I thought that I would probably just stay in every day hahaha. THANKFULLY, the weather is not always that bad. It’s still cold, but more bearable than that night.
We walked to Rideau Centre in the morning and I had my first Tim Hortons! Hahaha. My dad had “Thai” food, that wasn’t authentic Thai and seemed more like Chinese food to me. Apparently it wasn’t even spicy :O
Rideau Canal, the world’s longest outdoor skating rink or something like that. You can see the Beavertails stall, which apparently is pretty damn famous, popular and good. I’ve tried it only once, it’s crazy sweet and unhealthy but it was good. My dad took these photos hahaha.
Anyway, this is my incredibly small room. It looks slightly better now that I’ve done a little something to it. BUT I still really really dislike my room. It’s smaller AND colder than the other rooms, so cold that I had to buy a space heater. Which works really well, but gosh, it sometimes trips over the electricity so my power outlets and lights in my roommate’s room would go out. So. fucking. annoying. I also hate the old-ish furnitures, and the small closet. The other rooms get a wall space for that (sorta like an open wardrobe), I want that too!
After moving in and unpacking. What a mess hahaha. But at least it looks more home-y. I have done more things to it since then. You see the cardboards “standing” on some vent thing? That was what my dad taught me to do to try to get more of the heat (if any) directed to me.
Walmart! My dad took these! Only because I started taking photos inside too hahaha. I keep hearing about Walmart so it was pretty amusing to actually be in one and shopping there. For the first time anyway. Now I don’t care anymore.
Okay I’m done. I intended for this post to be like random pictures from my past 2 months but then when the other pictures didn’t really fit in this post. Oh well.
I haven’t been feeling homesick at all, so yay. I actually don’t really miss Malaysia, I miss New York City a lot more hahaha. I do miss my friends, but a lot of them are not in Malaysia anyway. :( And I miss Japanese food (and now fish and chips too) more than Malaysian food too. I think they mostly only have Japanese buffet restaurants, but the two I went didn’t have udon, or my favourite soft shell crabs! :( Have yet to try one restaurant with those, but I think they might be really expensive, sigh. Okay, so I miss Sushi Zanmai. And Auntie Anne’s or pretzels in general (but I satisfied that craving in Boston few days ago heh).