Mariana Made it to Canada!

Mariana Made it to Canada!



The 2018 Travel Video Contest Winner made it to The University of Winnipeg. 

I
don’t know when I’ll get used to this Canadian weather, but it’s worth
it.  People who live in the city say the weather is fine this month
because in February the temperature can get to -40 degrees Fahrenheit!
I’ve been in the city for five days now, and even though it isn’t a long
time, I can see how the culture here is completely different from
everything I have ever known.  

I came to learn how I should take off my shoes every time I go in someone’s house, something that most Brazilians never do.  I also figured out how and where to buy winter coats.  A good tip for those who are bound to face this extremely cold weather: don’t buy the first warm item you see just because you’re freezing.  Look around, see your options and then make a decision. I saw a pair of boots at one store and they were really expensive, however, the same pair at another store was way cheaper. 

Today
was my first time visiting the University of Winnipeg, and everything
is so organized and well thought out, it amazed me.  Finding my way
around was the hardest part, since the university is huge, but
thankfully they gave me a printed out copy of the campus map, I don’t
know how far I would’ve gotten without it, since my lips were so numb I
could barely speak.  Never would I have ever known that it would be hard
to talk when it’s really cold out due to numb lips if I wasn’t
experiencing this, so thank you weather, I guess.  Another thing that’ll
help me will be the international student orientation in January, I’ll
meet new people from all over the world, which is exciting! “By telling this story my point is to show how nice people have been here, always trying to help, and this is what the world is in need of, people helping and respecting each other.”

Now
it’s time to get settled in, find a place to live, open up a bank
account and a million other things. When I went to the mall to get a
cellphone plan, one of the attendants was helping me and as he saw that
he couldn’t solve my problem, he politely took me to another store and
asked for someone else to help me.  By telling this story my point is to
show how nice people have been here, always trying to help, and this is
what the world is in need of, people helping and respecting each
other. 

Speaking
of help, I also have a mentor, she’s a student and she’ll show me the
city and give me great tips, I’m looking forward to meeting her, she
will also be the first person here that I’ll get to know and who knows, I
might even make a new friend.

My mother and my sister came to stay with me for a couple of weeks to help me out (yay).  Two days ago we went out for lunch and my sister’s plate was taking forever to come, but then, we realized there was a misunderstanding with our order.  We didn’t interpret the menu correctly and at the time we didn’t ask, so this unfortunate event happened.  I guess this is another life lesson, don’t be afraid to ask something if you’re not sure what it is, it may seem obvious but if you’re not sure it won’t hurt to ask.  

Another
interesting and new thing that I saw here was the amount of clothing
shops opting for bags made out of fabric instead of plastic, they even
sent me the receipts by email so as not to use paper! Now this is what I
call trying to save the planet, imagine how great it would be for the
planet if all stores did the same.  

Well, now I’ll keep on settling in and preparing for classes next month, and hopefully find a job by then. 

This blog was written by Mariana Barbosa, the 2018 Travel Video Contest winner. Mariana made it to Canada, now keep track of her journey by checking our blog throughout the year.

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