London, Ontario, Canada/ ロンドン、オンタリオ、カナダ

January 10, 2018 — Leave a comment

It may be England that you first imagine when you hear London (I did), but I have been in London, Ontario, Canada. About 3 hours away from Toronto. You can also go from London to Detroit in the United States in about three hours.
I think that there are some people who think of London is Justin Bieber’s hometown (I was one of them), but when I asked a Canadian, Justin was born as a hospital in London but as soon as he was born, he moved to Stratford which is just an hour away from London. So Justin is not a Londoner (a person who is born in London).
The town is very quiet, downtown is also quite small compared to Vancouver and Toronto. However, there are two big shopping malls, so you do not have to worry about shopping. It seems that there are many retired people live there. Those who retire and want to live quietly in order to spend their old age. So I have seen lots of old people. Because of that, it was very peaceful and people were kind, and I felt like time was passing slowly. I do not want to live in too much rural or also too countryside with nothing there. I do not like people in Tokyo and Toronto who are chased by time and cold. That’s why London was very comfortable for me. However, the problem was there are few buses. That is a difficulty. I had to walk 20 minutes to the nearest bus stop and wait for mostly 30 minutes for a bus. Canada’s winter in the east side is rather tough. The average temperature in winter in London is minus 10 degrees or less. While walking in the snowstorm at -15, it is rather tough to walk the snow road and wait for the bus. How jealous I felt to those people who uses only a car everyday… Well, it was a good experience for me to feel the taste of winter in Canada compare to Vancouver ‘s warm  climate.
Following 2 months in London, considering transportation, work and network, I finally decided to leave London and going back to Vancouver. I thought it would be the best for me for now.

ロンドンと聞くと真っ先に思い浮かべるのはイングランドかもしれないが、僕が滞在していたのはカナダ、オンタリオ州にあるロンドン。大都市のトロントからは3時間ほど。ロンドンからアメリカのデトロイトまでも3時間ほどで行くことができる。
ロンドンと聞くとジャスティンビーバーの出身地だと思い浮かべる人がいると思うが(僕もその1人だった)、カナディアンに聞くとジャスティンはロンドンの病院で生まれたが、生まれてすぐにStratfordというすぐ近くの町に移ったからジャスティンはロンドナー(ロンドン出身の人を指す。マイナーな呼び名。)ではないのだと。
町はとても静かで、ダウンタウンもバンクーバーやトロントに比べるとかなり小さい。けれど、大きなショッピングモールが2つあるから特に買い物に困ることはない。退職した人が老後を静かに過ごすために移り住んでくる人が多いらしく、年寄りがたくさんいる。そのおかげもあり、とてものどかで人々も優しく、時間がゆっくり進んでいるような感じがした。僕はあまり田舎すぎて何もないところも嫌だけど、東京やトロントみたいに大都市で人は時間に追われて冷たい人が多いところも嫌だ。だからロンドンはとても心地よかった。ただ、バスが少ない。それが難点。ステイ先から最寄りのバス停まで20分歩かなくてはいけなくて、そこからバスを長い時だと30分以上待つ。東側のカナダの冬はなかなかしんどい。ロンドンの冬の平均温度はマイナス10度以下。−15で吹雪いている中、雪道を歩いてバスを待つのはかなりしんどい。車しか使わない人にどれだけ嫉妬したことか。。まあバンクーバーの温暖な気候しか知らなかった僕にとては、本当のカナダの寒さを体感できたのは良い経験だった。
2ヶ月のロンドンでの滞在を終え、交通や仕事、ネットワークを考えた結果、やはりバンクーバーに一度帰るのがベストかなと考えロンドンの地を後にすることにした。

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