A couple of weeks ago, Nuni and I started driving to Thunder Bay – the first leg of our long journey back north, where we’ve decided to live for the next few years. If you’ve ever driven from Southern to Northern Ontario, you know that there’s a whole lot of… nothing! Well, that’s not absolutely true. We passed through a few tiny towns with obscure names like Wawa, Spanish, and Marathon. Each time we passed through one, I’d think to myself, “Why in the world would anyone want to live here?” and then I’d remember where we were going – the Yukon, of all places, to a tiny little community located 4.5 hours from the nearest Timmy’s! I’m sure Wawa and Spanish have their endearing qualities just like our Watson Lake has. And the purpose of this little series is to let you in on Canada’s best kept secret: the great, white north.
After spending the last six months in the south(southern Brazil, southern Ontario) I am so thrilled to be back where I feel at home. I spent two years living here and I loved it – though I didn’t always know why. The majority of the year is winter. It’s dark for most of the day from November to January. It’s small. It’s not even particularly pretty. So why, I asked myself, did I miss it so much when we were away?
WHY I LOVE THE NORTH, PART ONE: (please note that these are in no particular order whatsoever, and this reason is definitely not at the top of my list) northern fashion!!
I have a confession to make. I really like fashion! I love long grey pea coats and fancy boots… I love hats and leggings and I am constantly jealous of girls who can pull off this look! I could, technically, just go out and buy myself some fancy items. However, more than I like to be fashionable, I like to be comfortable, and I like to be warm! And in the Yukon(at least in Watson), no one gives a crap if you look good! If you want to go and freeze yourself by wearing leggings and fancy boots, you just go right ahead.
So before I arrived in Watson I was in Vancouver for a few days visiting my relatives. My aunts took me to Value Village to find a coat and boots for the last winter month of the season. I was determined at first to get something warm and fashionable and comfortable… and I think I succeeded, though it wasn’t what I originally expected.
First of all I got these awesome boots that may not be cool and stylish anywhere else in Canada, but are VERY cool and stylish here. Score.