Blog 8 Week 4 - Final fourth one of October
Greetings all readers and welcome back to the eight blog in the CK@C series, it is also the fourth and last one for the month of October. In this blog, I will be talking about my experience and perception of the general Canadian culture in my area, and how parts of it differs from the one I experience back home.
Cultures here in Canada are very different from home, and thus it causes a very different general mood and atmosphere when compare to Thailand. Due to this, all the stuff I saw, heard, touched, and many other senses would be very different. So in this diary I will be talking about how different is Canadian culture when perceived by me compared to Thailand.
The first one is sight. Sight is one of the most important qualities and thus will be vastly different when compared to Thailand. Starting from when I stepped down from the airplane and took a car ride to my house from over two months ago, I can see a stark difference between here and Thailand. Nova Scotia, much like its population, remain pristine with a lot of forests and natural space available throughout the province. Even in a more populated area such as Halifax, it is still surrounded by forests filled with animals and plants. Compared with Thailand, which is more barren and the only forest that remain are either private, inaccessible, held no value, or part of a national park. So there's very little green space back home. But, there's a lot of them here and I liked it because it makes the air very fresh every morning. Especially around my house. Sometimes we can even get to see wild animals, in the wilds! I saw a skunk once and luckily, it did not release its stinky fluids.
The second one is sound, more specifically languages. As you may know, English as a language has a lot of accents ranging from the classical British accent to the extreme Middle-Eastern accent. Each accent sounded differently, were spoken at different speeds, and can cause people from another primary language (Ex: International students) difficulty in interpreting the words. Here in Nova Scotia, the majority of people speak English (unlike Quebec, which is French). English in Nova Scotia, at least what I heard, is more in the British-American tone in my opinion. They used a lot of words from the British dictionary like Centre instead of Center. Not only that, the people here somehow called lunch “dinner”, strange right? I'm not sure how that originated but that sometimes causes a lot of confusion. Also, generally speaking, the speed the words and sentences were spoken are not too fast, in the medium to fast range unlike French which is very fast and rapid. So, the language I heard here is a lot different than in Thailand, even when compared with English speaking Thais, it present me a great opportunity to learn how to speak and interpret English better.
The third one is smell, this one is more in line with what I see. Whenever I woke up in the morning, if I walked outside I would be greeted with the smell of fresh dew in the morning. It was very refreshing. Not only that, the town is relatively clean compared to Thailand's one. Most of the town area are either lined with trees or surrounded by trees (the school itself borders on all side with forests). As a result, even the general smell of the town is fresh wherever you go, no smell of pollutants, garbage, or sewage to be smelled. I think that is a very great thing, it improves both your mental and physical health as somehow, the smell of dew and forests makes you feel good in the morning.
The fourth one is the taste. I can only give you one conclusion, the food here is generally sweet and fatty, which I don't really like most of the time. They also have a lot of meat with less vegetables, which I don't particularly enjoy. Some of them I liked though like fish and chips if they're done right. Even when the food is salty, it is on the extreme end of saltiness. Food like ham and sausages are very salty, even when eaten with potatoes. But, generally, the food here is sweet and fatty which is very different from Thailand's sour and salty taste. There's some food I liked here but I would say it is generally sub-par compared to what I liked. Even though I think the food is sub-par, I still think it's a great thing to eat food you wouldn't usually eat at home, especially turkey and lobster.
So, the cultural experience here in Canada is very very different from in Thailand. All the sighs, sounds, smell, and tastes are different. I got to experience many different things that were not in Thailand, and that I've previously not experienced before. I also learned a lot about other cultures and how they think. In conclusion, I think this program is a great thing as I have gained a lot of experience and do activities I've never even heard of before. I am very happy that I chose to come here to Nova Scotia and I look forward to my next year with the program.