“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.
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.