Slowly Adjusting to Life in Winnipeg

Here I am. Almost done my first week of classes in my library program. I’m starting to get settled in with all the changes that are occurring but I know there is still work to do before I am completely comfortable with everything (if I ever get that far).

The transit system has probably been the hardest to adjust to. Tuesday, on the way back from school I went to the wrong bus stop and eventually figured out I should go to one just around the corner to catch my bus. Then, I got off at the wrong stop. I had been repeating the stop in my head and when I heard part of it, I guess I kind of panicked and pulled the stop cord thingy. So, I got off and when I looked around I realized I was not at the right place. I didn’t entirely know which way to walk so I headed one direction. I had already walked a fair distance when I saw a Tim Horton’s which was where I turned to go to my aunt’s place so I realized I was going in the wrong direction. I then headed back the way I came which was the way I should have been heading all along. I walked for at least 20 minutes, probably more, by the time I arrived back at my aunt’s house. I walked a little over 2 kilometers which is about a mile. It was above 30 degrees Celsius and I was carrying my laptop bag so I was absolutely tired by the time I got back.

By now, I’m starting to recognize stops and when it’s getting close to when I have to get off. As long as I know which bus to take and when to get off, I’m fairly good with it so far. I even created a note on my phone for when the specific bus I normally take will be at each stop. It’s handy to know when the bus will be arriving at a stop I need to get on at.

This week, I’ve done a lot of comparing, as well. I’ve compared the city transit system with the bus system in Mexico. I’ve compared this college with my old college. I’ve even seen people who look very similar to people I know from elsewhere and had to take a second look to make sure it wasn’t actually them.

I’ve also compared how different I am from when I just ended high school. I’m not as afraid to be by myself and I’ve talked a lot more readily than I would have even in high school. A few years ago, I never would have been able to do this; taking the bus to downtown Winnipeg and sitting in class with a bunch of strangers. My anxiety is a lot better than it used to be and that is a good sign.

I’m lucky this week and don’t have classes this Friday because one of my professors had a family emergency or something and is cutting back on classes this week. It’s nice because I can go home tonight and relax before going away for the weekend. It will also be nice to sleep in past 7:30 and sleep in my own bed. And hopefully sleep through the night instead of waking up every so often.

 

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