“Beautiful” British Columbia

By Ankita Shah

“Beautiful British Columbia” was inscribed on the car license plate. It was the first thing I noticed when I walked out of Victoria International Airport. While sitting in the car, I looked out of the window and observed the gloomy dark sky and the spooky tree branches. Dense woods were visible with distant noises of the trees whooshing. I was going to live in a place where there are insects, forests and, most importantly, the ocean; all of which I fear and dislike.  I fell asleep wondering what was so beautiful about British Columbia.

"'Beautiful British Columbia" was inscribed on the car license plate. It was the first thing I noticed when I walked out of Victoria International Airport", says Ankita, international student from India.

“‘Beautiful British Columbia” was inscribed on the car license plate. It was the first thing I noticed when I walked out of Victoria International Airport”, says Ankita, international student from India.

I woke up to the sunlight glistening on my face. I had hardly noticed the open ocean outside my window at night. I left for University as it was my first day to move in. The roads were more visible now; rows of houses alongside, buildings, lots of bus stops and highways. Everything was green and yellow.  I thought that since it was sunny it wouldn’t be cold, but it was freezing!

A few days passed, then months passed and I started noticing the sudden changes in the weather.  I started meeting new people and learning more about this place. Everyone is so friendly and always ready to help over here.  I have been dragged to go hiking and to explore mountains and lakes. Weather here changes like the direction of the wind. As fall approached, everything turned red. I started appreciating nature and the importance of culture when I learned about the indigenous natives.

My perception of Victoria completely changed when I started noticing the beauty in nature and learning about the culture of the natives. Now I know why British Columbia is Beautiful.

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