I have spent a good part of my life living on the Canadian prairies. The prairies can be a lovely place with big skies and panoramic views, but the downside of living on the prairies (other than yahoos in their trucks) is winter.
I am in the province of Alberta, and there are some interesting little quirks that you encounter when having a discussion with an Albertan. The first one that comes to mind is discussing distance; for some reason Albertans do this funny little distance to time conversion. For example, if someone asked “How far is your cabin?” I would reply “Two and a half hours cross-country or three hours on the main highway.”. Everyone here does it. I am actually ashamed to admit I don’t even know how many kilometers away the cabin is.
The second little quirk came to mind as I was writing the title for this blog, and that is the discussion of windchill. Ask anyone in Alberta what the temperature is on a cold wintry day and they will answer “minus (whatever the number is) with windchill”. Now admittedly, when it is cold outside and a wind blasts through it does make a difference to how cold it feels. However, it is quite funny how no one can just answer with a temperature, it is always “with windchill”.
I decided to share some very local pictures from today as I was stuck at home with sick children. A couple of the images are so local that I just opened the door of the house (after forcing a very stiff and frozen handle!) and shot. The furthest image is 30 paces away from the door (well it was cold outside!). I thought I would share what -37 degrees celsius with windchill looks like and celebrate some of our quirky Albertan ways.