Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Froid the dragon makes a snow angel!
Froid the Dragon and I arrived on the campus of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, on January 5th, 2014. We immediately knew we would be right at home in the north when we walked into the campus apartment and saw the display of hockey posters and jerseys. The first week was full of excitement, uncertainty, and adventure. I met my professors and teaching assistants, received the syllabi, and was introduced to the multitude of cafeterias. The week concluded with a day trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls, and watching the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs with my new suitemates. And of course, there has been plenty of snow and ice on the ground.

Froid seeks warmth after playing in the snow all day.

Fast forward a month and a half, and there hasn't been too much of a change. I’ve become more familiar with the university, the courses I am enrolled in, and the bus schedules. The usual is still present. The Hurricanes-Leafs rivalry may be on hold, but it has been replaced by a USA-Canada rivalry, as the Olympics are underway. My suitemates dedicated a wall in the main room to Canada, full of shirts and a Canadian flag. However, this week is Reading Week - think Spring break except it’s too early and too cold to call it that - and my suitemates have left for the week. (I myself am fixing to take a bus to Ohio for the rest of the week to visit my Grandpa.) Thus, their Canada display has been replaced by a USA display. It will be an amusing surprise for when they return.

My adventure to the north has been exciting thus far, and it looks to continue for the rest of the semester. And of course, there is still plenty of snow and ice on the ground.

Andrew Clark, Brock University
Ontario, Canada