A couple of nights ago I watched the sun set from above the clouds. Flying through the air again, over this gigantic country, going farther west than I've ever gone before. The plane smoothly descending and the tops of the clouds get closer, the sun sets farther, the golden reflections of the sun on the fog get dimmer. Finally the clouds rise up to engulf the plane, and I can see both now, the still clear sky and the overcast underworld too, covered in white. Just snow and nothing... which a light here and there amongst the emptiness. Then, a small settlement, and then a town... then it gets darker and darker, and the clouds are above us again. I'm far away again, and this time it feels like a different planet. But its ok, there are other aliens here too;)
The campus at the University of Alberta is huge. Its lovely brick buildings are surrounded here and there with big tall trees and small parks here and there, with huge white rabbits bobbing about around the trees. There are magpies here, and red squirrels that don't seem to want hibernate, even in the threat of -20... Which surprisingly isn't really THAT bad. Here its more of a hard cold. Not the soft slushy cold that Ottawa offers, that somehow penetrates even the warmest coats. This one is more of a brain-freeze type cold, but that can easily be countered with a nice down-filled coat that covers the bum.
My office is in an awesome building called "Earth Sciences". The building has three awesome museums. One with some really really old dinosaur bones and full skeletons and other pre-historic creatures, one with some of the most beautiful rocks you've ever seen, and last but BEST, the one with all the dead insects in cabinets. Yep. Awesome.
My little apartment is steps from the campus and has some pretty intensely orange counter tops in the kitchen, which kinda has a little bar on it. I'm going to invest in some bar stools to match.
More to come soon...