March marked 5 years since I landed with one suitcase in my hand in Canada. Back then I didn’t plan to stay here so long. My plan was pretty simple, use my one year long work permit to experience all four seasons in the north and save some money for my dream trip to South America. I didn’t dare to think that it would turn out like this and that five years later I would still be in Canada, living in Montreal. For some people five years of immigration is nothing, for others it can be too much, and for me it has been enough to get know myself better and gain many new experiences. Continue reading “What I have learnt after 5 years of immigration”
Although it has been said that the Canadian version of English is similar to the American one, even after living 6 months in U.S, it still took me a while to get used to the Canadian accent. Additionally Canadians love to use their linguistic regionalism; words and sayings which are use only in Canada and sometimes only in one of its provinces. Things are even more enriched thanks to French, which next to English is the official language of Canada. Despite political issues, both languages borrow words from each other. I will try to write a little bit more about the Canadian version of French in a future. To this mix of official languages are words added from Native languages. The worldwide known word kayak is from the people living up north in the arctic and who speak the Inuit languages. It might be helpful to learn some of that cultural hodgepodge before your trip to the great, white north.
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Everyone complains about 2016 and accuses it of being aweful. It was only after we got back to the reality, around September, when I began slowly realizing that the world is not a nice place. During 2016 my big, long-awaited dream of travelling South America came true. The first eight months of this year was a time of detachment from reality and bad news. Was this trip what I dreamed of? No! It was completely different from any imaginations I had and that is why it was so awesome. Because what would be the point of travelling if images from our heads equal the reality. In summery our 2016 looked like this: Continue reading “2016 in a nutshell”
Yellowknife is a pretty new city. It had developed from a gold seekers’ tent town in the 30s. The first settlement here was a base for numerous gold mines in the area, which appeared after the second world war. In Dene language this northern city is called Somba K’e, which means “where money is”. In less than a hundred years Yellowknife turned from a small, remote community into a cosmopolitan capital of the north. It’s estimated that there are over 150 world languages in use in this city inhabited by 20 thousand people. Today you can still feel the climate of the old good times, although complemented by modern downtown. Indeed it is a place worth visiting. Here is my little list of 6 must see places in Yellowknife:
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The Northwest Territories are still not fully discovered by tourists. Even if there is no lack in places to visit in the north, since most of them don’t have a road access, you need to spend a good amount of money and time to get there. One of the roads ends in Yellowknife and connects to only a few little communities. The second one being the famous Dempster Highway in the Yukon, which ends in Inuvik, a little town on the Northwest Territories’ side of the border.
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There is an abandoned gold mine on the shore of Contwoyto Lake, Nunavut, called Lupin mine, that used to house around 500 employees. It was so big that it had it’s own jet airplane rotating employees in and out of Edmonton multiple times a week. Here are a couple photo galleries of what the mine looks like now that it is quiet, as well and the local inhabitants who are traveling south for the winter.
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If you were to search ‘Canadian arctic’ online, you were come up with endless pictures of white landscapes, maps of the untouched territory, and unimaginable wildlife. Though this a true representation of the Canadian north, it ignores another side, one that leaves an all too common bitter taste in your mouth that humans and ‘southern economical progress’ have passed though.
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On the weekend of April 4th I was scheduled to fly the twin otter and take people for 20 minute city tours of Yellowknife during the yearly Long John Jamboree. Here’s the view of the city from overhead
It has been almost three years since we both moved up to Yellowknife. Neither of us knew what to expect from this place that we would soon call home. Even on the Internet there was not too many information about the north and Yellowknife. A lot of things surprised us at the beginning, things that became more natural with time. We have chosen seven of them for this article.
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