I woke up to the sun this morning. It didn’t snow, it looked warm. I thought: ‘It’s such a beautiful day, I won’t need a coat today.’
No, wrong. Big mistake. Going outside without a coat in early March is dangerous in so many ways.
It may look sunny outside, it may even actually be sunny, it may not snow. But that doesn’t mean that there is no snow outside. And that snow melts when it gets hot. That’s not so surprising indeed, the only problem here is that in Canada, there is a LOT of snow. And if that melts, there is a LOT of slush. So, when you’re happily walking on the sidewalk, and a bus drives by, you should take a few steps back. Because you’ll just enjoy a slush shower otherwise. Walking under trees is also not an option. Snow melting from trees feels just like rain. Or a whole snowball drops on your head. And there is of course the great danger of crossing the street and mistaking a pool of slush for a ‘snow bank’, or just slipping into one.
And if that’s not enough, it can also just start snowing. Canadians always say: ‘when you think spring has begun, there will at least be one more snowstorm.’
So I learned from my mistakes. Better safe than sorry. I’ll just wear a coat, ski pants, a hat and goggles. Until the very last bits of snow have melted.
Name: Floortje Rawee (21)
Study: second-year UCM-student
Goes to: Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada
From: 3 January until the end of May