Northern country

by Heather Vandenengel

I’ve been thinking a lot about Canada and being Canadian because I live here now and recently (finally) got my proof of Canadian citizenship. My favorite thing to do is to pull up a map of Canada, revel in how amazingly huge it is, and then zoom in on some small town in Québec or Manitoba and wonder what is going on there this very instant.

It feels very good to be back in Montreal, falling back into the same places and habits but with a renewed perspective and less of the angst of wondering what’s next. I’ve been mostly sticking around the island, but got away last weekend to Toronto and the Niagara area with my friend Jen. Beer, scenic vineyards, orchards and lakefront views, and many hours of driving ensued.