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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.




I got an invitation from a teacher at a school, and I participated in the event “You Go! Global Leaders” for international students.
Many native Canadians were also participated.
I sat down at the same seat with the native Canadian of the school administrative staff and the KIng’s college students, so I was able to talk with a local student and a school staff .
For me who is new to the campus and this town, not a university student there, it was a very good opportunity to participate in the atmosphere of the local university and local students.
To be honest, the former politician Olivia Chow and a banker Jay Zhang actually did not come, as the main guest speaker who entered in the first half. Olivia Chow she talked on Skype and Jay Zhang he was recorded video. I think that Olivia who was on Skype talked a very good story, but because of poor audio, nobody who participated there couldn’t catch all words what she said. The video was better than Skype. However, as my frank impression, if there is something to tell firmly, you should talk face to face, actually right in front of people who are listening to. Because I don’t feel passion from the speaker on screen. I was a little disappointed in its first Skype. However, gladly, for the first time in my life, I got 2nd prize by lottery. I won the biography of Olivia Chow, so I will read it I have time.
In the second half, I enjoyed listening to some stories that international students who actually experienced tough time in Canada, their fun memories, and so on.
The most impressive thing was that when a native student of the moderator asked some questions such as experience, funny story, purpose on their study abroad to international students at the same university. Ones the moderator’s student asked international students about the difficulties of studying abroad. After their answer, the moderator said that it is also the responsibility of native students including himself to create a welcoming, comfy environment where international students can engage with local native students without hesitation, impressed. It is probably a value of a student unique of Canadians who grew in such a diversity country. It is very appreciated for students who do not speak English as first language from abroad, including myself, to accept the students of International with such thoughts and attitudes.
I felt that Canada continue pulling the front line in order to realize a global society where the world mutually help each other and accept different cultures and nationality to all over the world.

先日学校の先生から招してもらったインターナショナルの学生に向けたイベント”You Go! Global Leaders”に参加してきた。
正直に言うと、前半に登壇したメインのゲストスピーカー、1人はOlivia Chowという元政治家と、Jay Zhangという銀行員の2人は実際に来なかった。1人はSkypeで話をし、もう1人は録画したビデオを見ただけ。Skypeで話をしたOliviaの方は、とても良い話をしていたとは思うのだけど、オーディオが悪すぎてずっと声が途絶え途絶えで全然何を言ってるかわからなかった。ビデオの方が大分マシだった。ただ率直な感想としては、やはりしっかりと伝えたいことがあるんだったら目の前で実際に話をしてくれないとどれだけ良い話をしていても伝わらない。目の前に熱意を感じないから。その最初のSkypeには少々ガッカリした。ただ生まれて初めて、抽選で2等が当たり、そのOlivia Chowのバイオグラフィーが当たったので時間がある時にゆっくり読んでみようと思う。