‘It doesn’t snow like this at home’

Kings County snow­falls a new ex­pe­ri­ence for in­ter­na­tional ex­change stu­dents

Annapolis Valley Register - - CLASSIFIEDS/NEWS - NEW EX­PE­RI­ENCES BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA CANNING kstar­ratt@kingscountynews.ca

Some might have snow in their home coun­try but for ex­change stu­dents in Kings County, the past week has been a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence.

Seventeen-year-old Aldo Agustin Martinez Cas­tro of Chetu­mal, Mex­ico, is a Grade 12 stu­dent at­tend­ing North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in Canning on an ex­change pro­gram. He said snow is an en­tirely new ex­pe­ri­ence and he was “pretty ex­cited to see and feel” it. With three sig­nif­i­cant snow­falls in the past week, there’s now plenty around for him to en­joy.

“But at the be­gin­ning I was not able to get out of the house with­out tons of lay­ers of cloth­ing,” Martinez Cas­tro said. He was some­what shocked by the 30 C dif­fer­ence in tem­per­a­ture be­tween Mex­ico and Nova Scotia.

In Kings County, four days of school have been can­celled due to snow­storms in the past week. Martinez Cas­tro said he isn’t en­joy­ing this so much, as he’d pre­fer to get out rather than stay in the house and do noth­ing. He en­joys hang­ing out with friends, meet­ing new peo­ple and stay­ing ac­tive.

“That is what I like to do the most, so when­ever my hosts ask me if I want to shovel the deck I im­me­di­ately say ‘yes,’” Martinez Cas­tro said.

He isn’t en­joy­ing hav­ing his skin dry out and crack from the cold but said he did en­joy his first “snow fight.” This made him happy be­cause he was wish­ing to do some­thing that he “could only see on Christ­mas movies” be­fore.

Martinez Cas­tro said he en­joys walk­ing out­doors and ad­mir­ing the green and white Cana­dian land­scape. He said he had to learn the hard way through plenty of falls that snow­board­ing and ice-skat­ing weren’t as easy as he first thought. Now he’s anx­ious to get out and try the ac­tiv­i­ties again.

Six­teen-year-old Til­man Lemke of Ber­lin, Ger­many, is at­tend­ing NKEC on a stu­dent ex­change pro­gram. He said they get snow in Ger­many but not in the amounts we see in Nova Scotia.

“It’s new, def­i­nitely,” Lemke said. “It’s kind of cool but it’s also an­noy­ing be­cause you can’t go out and you can’t do any­thing be­cause of that.”

He said it’s also “ex­haust­ing” be­cause of snow shov­el­ling. It was fun at the start but he finds it tir­ing hav­ing to per­form the task “day af­ter day af­ter day” ev­ery time with more falls.

“The first day it was to­tally fine but then my shoul­der hurt more and more,” Lemke said.

He en­joyed a re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence snow­board­ing at Mar­tock and said he would re­ally en­joy get­ting to go sled­ding with some friends.

Lemke said there is never enough snow in Ber­lin to can­cel school, so this is also a new ex­pe­ri­ence. He en­joyed the first few days off but is now find­ing it bor­ing since he can’t get out. Limke had a chance to catch up on some TV shows and to catch up on home­work.

Six­teen-year-old Char­lie Moon of South Korea is also at­tend­ing NKEC while in Nova Scotia on an ex­change pro­gram. Moon, who en­joys go­ing skat­ing, said snow-re­lated school can­cel­la­tions are a new ex­pe­ri­ence for him. He said they have snow in Korea but usu­ally not to the ex­tent he’s ex­pe­ri­enced here in the past week.

“I en­joyed the snow,” Moon said. “I shov­elled the snow. It was re­ally fun first time, but get­ting tired.”


In­ter­na­tional ex­change stu­dents Til­man Lemke of Ger­many, left, and Char­lie Moon of South Korea are en­joy­ing their first Cana­dian win­ter but are tir­ing of hav­ing so much snow to shovel.

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