Amazing weather – the Canadian dream?

October 24, 2006 at 9:31 am 7 comments

It reached 28 degrees yesterday!! (and I’m not talking Farenheit!) We’ve been told it does get cold here in the winter and judging by the state of things when we arrived in april, the trees lose their leaves at some point. The only problem is: we have no idea when this so-called winter starts.

I’m used to having warm weather at all times of the year but to Alan, the Canadian from Quebec, this is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. He’s never had warm weather for six months before and is extactic. Let’s not forget, weather defines the way the rest of the world views Canada and the way Canadians view the rest of the world.

Growing up in a country that still defines the world through a first-world vs third-world dichotomy, I expected when I moved to Canada that Canadians would not to be too interested in my third-world country. I didn’t count on the Canadian obsession with warm weather. Invariably, it went more or less like this:

Canadian: “So, where are you from?”

Alex: “Brazil”

Canadian in a tone of shock: “WHY???”

Alex confused: “Excuse me?”

Canadian still shocked: “Why would you leave such a warm country with beautiful all-year-round beaches??”

I then quickly realize that although Canadians love their country and like some snowy weather once in a while, by January/February they are totally fed up. Most dream of retiring somewhere warm. They go to Florida or if they can’t get too far, move to Vancouver where it is said winter is shorter.

The rest of the world have a similar attitude. This is what I get from every single person I have met here – irrespective of nationality:

Foreign friend: “So, where are you from?”

Alex: “I’m originally from Brazil but I live in Canada now”

Foreign friend in a you-must-be-crazy-to-live-there tone: “Brrrrr, cold”

That’s it. No matter where they are from, no matter if they never actually been to Canada, everybody knows Canada is cold. And they are totally shocked when I tell them we have beautiful hot summers and that winter is not actually that bad.  I don’t think they believe me.

Maybe that’s why Canadians are generally nice to people from other parts of the world: wherever they are from, winter must be milder and shorter!!

But you know what? I think this Brazilian will miss the Canadian winter and its snow…

Snow in Queen's Park, Toronto

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alan  |  October 24, 2006 at 9:35 am

    You are soooo right. Even though it’s nice to have warm weather all the time, I do miss the winter and fall.

    Reply
  • 2. HD  |  October 24, 2006 at 4:02 pm

    Hey guys, today I walked to work and found myself thinking “it is really getting Brrrrr again in Toronto”! We will make a snow angel for you!

    Reply
  • 3. Dana  |  October 25, 2006 at 4:28 am

    I miss the colder weather too! Its been about 25c every day in El Paso. Beautiful, but I miss fall… 😦

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  • 4. Alexandra  |  October 25, 2006 at 9:01 am

    That’s what I keep telling Alan and every Canadian who wants to move to a warm country – warm weather all year round is BORING! One of my favourite things in Canada is the seasonal change in weather. I don’t know, it makes you feel so alive. You cheer the first snow fall, when the snow melts, get excited when the first bulbs start sprouting in the spring, get overjoyed by the summer weather, and awed again by the colours in the fall. Even in a big city, that makes me so much more aware of nature and its cycle. When it’s hot all the time, you just cease to appreciate it…

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  • 5. Alan  |  October 25, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    Alex
    That’s one thing I love about you, you make everything new and it gives me the opportunity to see everything for the first time once again.

    Reply
  • 6. Jen P.  |  October 26, 2006 at 10:13 am

    Yes, yes. All true. But we will still complain because that’s what we do best!

    Reply
  • […] the end, we are all canucks, we all complain about the weather and dream of retiring some place warm […]

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