Notes from Abroad – Tabatha Pilon on COLD & Snow from Denmark! January 29, 2012

CFN – One of the most common things that I get asked about Canada, is the weather. It actually surprises me how many people don’t actually know anything about Canada, and so, when someone asks me “do you get much snow?” I always have to laugh!   For, it is Canada’s stereotype to be known for having so much snow! So when I tell them that I’m used to having about knee to waist deep snow in the front yard, which isn’t counting the mountain that usually comes from the shoveling of the drive way, they tend to look at me like I’m crazy!
As I update my classmates daily on the current weather in Cornwall, they continuously ask me how it is possible to survive in such treacherous climates when they’re all freezing when it has barely even chartered into the negatives yet!  And as today is upon us, my classmates now have a new thing to complain about: snow. I don’t know how long I should expect it to last, but as of this morning, sticky fluffs of white powder have been falling ever so gently from the sky, filling the ground and buildings and people into white blobs.
Running out of my first class, I threw my hands into the air and spun around in circles as I let the flakes swirl down around me as my friends—and strangers— looked on in bewilderment.   “It’s SNOWING!” I screamed, “I’m so HAPPY!” as I ran around letting the snow hit my skin and collecting it from the benches and tables to form it into a ball. Had there been a lot more snow at the time, I’m sure I could have started a massive snowball fight…or maybe that’s just something that Canadians enjoy too much…the Danes don’t particularly enjoy the cold!
As I ran around in merriment and caught snowflakes on my tongue and occasionally yelling, “IT’S SNOWING!” to my friends, they just shared a look that classified me as a crazy person, but I don’t mind in the slightest!  Now that the snow is FINALLY arriving, I can finally feel like it is January! Or, even just winter for that matter!
As everyone is cold and wishing for the winter to be over with in Canada, this Canadian is wishing it would get a lot colder and a lot more snowier!
Tabatha Pilon is a 17 year old student from Cornwall Ontario spending a year in Denmark.   She will be writing to us  each week or as her “gymnasium” schedule allows.  If you have questions for her or would like to sponsor her column email us at

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One Response to "Notes from Abroad – Tabatha Pilon on COLD & Snow from Denmark! January 29, 2012"

  1. Reg Coffey   January 30, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Tabatha, what a wonderful perspective on life you have. I hope it is infectious. I know I feel more positive after reading your column.

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