Shorter days, longer nights and lots of sneezing
So, what season is it right now in Toronto?
Autumn? No. Winter? No!! Its the “fall-sick” season. People are taking days off, sitting home and drenching paper tissues (called ‘kleenex’ here, after the popular brand) in slimy body fluids that seem to flow eternally through their nostrils. There are plenty of coughs, sneezes, headache and body pain to go with the kleenex-drenching ritual. Looming over all of us is the risk of H1N1 pandemic, and indeed people are spending hours in queues outside hospitals to get a shot of the experimental H1N1 vaccine (they should rather call it “anti”-H1N1 vaccine, right?). Thankfully I haven’t indulged in this sport yet, (“Touch wood” – you are supposed to say that to ward off bad energy (or something like that)) but I do think that it would be wise to buy some Kleenex stock (pun intended).
I often have classes at night, from 19:00 to 22:00. I remember coming home from summer classes in clear day light, but now I have to bike with my lights ON even when I am going to the class. Today, the sun rose at 7:05 and set at 17:05, what a short sun run (and it only gets worse!).
Meanwhile in some good news, Toronto is all set to host the 2015 Pan American games (and that will hopefully connect the airport by a subway line!) 🙂