- I am with friends from Marburg. I have met new people who are some of the most welcoming that I have ever met in my life. Opened their houses and arms to us. Lovely.
- People don't flip out about the snow and the cold. It's normal here and they don't stop their lives due to a bit of snow.
- Eating out. We have been eating out quite a lot, due to wedding thingys and fumigation of houses. There are a plethora of new eating places for me to experience. And they're places I've heard of from TV and books. I feel sad I'm so excited at seeing a Wendy's or a Denny's signpost. *Hanging head in shame*
- Excellent heating systems. Invaluable when it's minus thirteen or lower. I am sitting inside in a t-shirt and jeans. They're so good that I actually wake up and have to take my blanket off in the middle of the night so that I can cool down.
- A church which has a brilliant and open feeling when inside, but is a shed of corrugated iron-type siding outside.
- They drive on the 'wrong' side of the road.
- Heated car seats - it is definitely also in the 'likes' section - warm your butt up. But in doing so, they make you feel like you've peed yourself.
- A shopping centre with a mini-golf arena, four submarines in water, a pirate ship, sea lions on display, lemurs, a water park and a myriad of other things. We've only been there for about an hour, we're going back tomorrow for much longer.
- The feeling of having an inability to walk. I keep feeling like I am going to fall over. I did on my first day here, but didn't hurt myself. Now I am really scared to go outside - my Docs are not as grippy as they were 5 years ago (shock!) and I am having trouble walking in them. But ballerina flats won't cut it in the deep snow.
- The price on things doesn't include the tax. So you have to add an extra 5% on top. But I guess it could be worse - Alberta's the only one without provincial tax.
- The lapse in the cars heating up. You go from the warmth inside, to the cold outside and into the even colder car. I've seen cars sitting in the car park at the shopping centres running so that the heat inside doesn't dissipate.
- The worth of money. Something that would have cost less than a quid in England is over $2 here. It's such a jolt and you think you're spending so much more. You're not really. But hey, it'd be the same as in Australia, so maybe I'll get my head around it easier when getting back home.
I'm sure there are other things that I will think of, but at the moment, they're the things that spring to mind. I am having a great time and am enjoying it. 1 more full day and then I will be on my way 'home' to Australia.