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Because (the ad campaign was so much better last year) It’s the Cup

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History Happens in Double OT

History Doesn’t Let Up

History Doesn’t Let History Repeat

History Doesn’t Act Its Age

History Lets Nothing By

History Awaits

History is Back in Boston

History Makes a Statement

History Rides the Hot Hand

History Works Fast

History Returns to Boston


Culture (Not So) Shock

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ImageIt still irritates me a decent amount that coming to Toronto counts as study abroad and in preparing to go I had to be treated like people going to places like France and parts of Asia.

Something that was stressed hugely is the concept of culture shock. I don’t know why but every time I’ve been in Canada and find something culturally different, I always chuckle. Except now I’m not immediately going back to Boston and I have to somewhat assimilate here and the differences stick out more than ever.

One thing, which I can’t recall if I already touched on, is that no one jay-walks. I still do however and when I do, I get a death stare. I mean, if no cars are coming and I’m on a cross walk it shouldn’t be a big deal right? Right. But nooooooooo. I’ll look back to see if anyone followed me and I’m greeted with a look of disgust. It’s made me a lot more into using crosswalks for sure whereas I’d typically meander out into on coming traffic that has a gap in its flow of automobiles.

Another thing is the lack of the same products. My gosh, going to Wal-Mart had to be one of the most infuriating things I had done once I got here. There is like, nothing. It’s wild. There wasn’t the same facewash I use, the same brand of seltzer water I like and the one thing I found amusing was the influx of everything relating to hockey. Grocery shopping was pretty irritating too. It didn’t dawn on me until I was looking at frozen foods that Canada doesn’t have Bagel Bites. That’s a substantial part of my diet. I was crushed.

The last thing I can really think of is in regards to my classes. I’m taking an intro psych class and a class on Canadian short stories. When I do readings, it is all pretty simple and like regular readings but occasionally I’ll get caught up on some things. Like when I see something like “favourite” or “behaviour” rather than the spellings I’m used to. My favorite that I laughed at when I was reading was a reference to “grade one” instead of “first grade” as I’m used to. While these are amusing and kind of trip me off and throw off my concentration, it’s so weird to think that I’m the one that is on the outside here. I’m the only one concerned with speaking to my professor to ask if I will get points off if I spell “centre” as “center.”

Oh and forget about watching the weather forecast. 25 degrees is forever a bitter temperature, not something very warm.


But for the most part I’m enjoying the things I’m not used to. For one, I’m enjoying the amount of my childhood I can relive through food m

ostly and a TV show. I lived in England when I was little so all the little things I had as child that I’m finding here are fantastic. My jaw may have literally dropped when I found Ribena in the grocery store and crushing Smarties is great too. I can combine the two while watching my favorite childhood show “Katie and Orbie,” which I was convinced was actually my life. It’s fantastic.

I’ve been here two weeks and I feel like I could be here forever.

Should I Write Again?

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Probably. I just get too bored to do so but I’m spending the summer in Toronto so it’s almost worth writing about. Maybe?

Not really.

But I’ve never been this far away from home before so when I chose to come here people kind of thought it was a joke.

“Canada? America’s hat?”
“Wow, you’re wasting your study abroad in Toronto?”
“Go somewhere actually exciting.”
“That’s practically Boston.”
“You’re taking your obsession with hockey too far.”

Honestly, there is a whole bunch of reasons I wanted to come here and first of all I ask, have you ever been to Toronto? Like hop off associating a city completely with its sports team. Oh hilarious, the Leafs are awful, the Jays are awful and the Raptors are awful. I like sports but anyone that chooses a specific city based solely on their favorite sports team or sport is a moron. Obviously a lot of people move to towns where they love a particular team — I’ve had my friends do it — and it’s more than a team. You go somewhere because you want to see that team and sometimes, everything else just falls into place. You find yourself getting past the touristy stuff and wanting to figure out the heart of the city. And that’s what it is.

The first time I came to Toronto last year was the time of my life. My friends and I came just go to the Memorial Cup over in Mississauga. Junior hockey for dayssssss. It’s right outside Toronto so naturally we came to hang out in Toronto and it just ruled. I met so many people, many of whom I still talk to, and went all over the city and did some of the most ridiculous stuff ever. I almost describe it as being like “The Hangover” except in Canada and not Vegas. What I really liked about it too is we got a chance to see a bit outside the city too. It was only Mississauga that we stayed in but we did a bit of a tour of other junior towns and it was fun to see. I came again in December and March and while those two trips were not as epic, they were great. That’s when I knew I loved this city. I could do random casual stuff and it just felt like I wanted to be here.

I’ve never been this far away from home and separated from my parents for this long so it kind of makes me nervous. I never went to camp or that far for college and while I barely go back home, my home always seems to come to me. I honestly can’t imagine going to like, China or even a place I’d love to go like Australia. It would be too unfamiliar. If I’m going to go completely out of my comfort zone and where I know next to no one, then I want a bit of familiarity.

I didn’t pick for this to be a “study abroad” but my school labeled it that way because despite similarities, yes, Canada is a different country and yes, it is international.

I really didn’t think it’d be too different but I guess I kind of only saw it as a visitor before. Now that I’m here for a longer amount of time I’m noticing a lot more things. Random things. Like everyone drives a Mercedes, wears a scarf or sweater and does not jay-walk. Much to everyone’s surprise, not everyone is a  gigantic hockey fan. It’s like baseball really. It’s on everywhere and everyone seems to be born with a knowledge of it and everyone plays it.

It’s fun and to everyone that has this weird shtick that Canada sucks and is boring, you’ve probably never been here. Or you’re probably just a boring person. Personally I could spend the rest of my life here. Me gusta.

Playoff Superstitions.

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They did it! The Bruins won the Cup! I’ve been following some insane superstitions series after series and one of them was of course, not mentioning them and now I can! So, the following are all that I followed for two months.

  • Bruins t-shirt every game day but not Lucic because they always lose when I wear his shirt
  • No jersey while watching a game, only if attending
  • Up until Game Six against the Lightning, my nails had to be gold with shatter on top. I couldn’t repaint them until the Bruins won a series and then I had to do it that night
  • The day of Game Six against the Lightning I got fake nails that were black with yellow tips. Had to keep them until this morning.
  • Cannot listen to “Dirty Water” or the goal song on the day of the game
  • I HAVE to be wearing underwear that is yellow and black
  • Starting with the Finals, I had to drive by the Garden on my way to school
  • During the Lightning series I could not wear my Bruins slap bracelet
  • Had to get a Horton tattoo when he got the game winner in Game 7 against the Lightning
  • After every series my BBM picture had to be whoever got the jacket in the last game of the series
  • Also my BBM status had to be whatever series they were in
  • I could drink strictly out of my Bruins playoff cup on game days
  • My Facebook and Twitter picture HAD to be me at Garden center ice on the B
  • Last but not least, I’ve been carrying a fortune cookie saying in my phone case for a while this season. It says “A pleasant surprise is in store for you”




Happy Playoffs

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Here’s my favorite new “History Will Be Made” commercial as well as some other 2010 playoff videos.

(watch the whole playlist that’s linked!)


Don’t Ignore Us!

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This past Sunday marked the final regular season game of the NHL season. I’m sad to see it go but I’m exhilarated to see the Bruins in the playoffs as well as to see the Oilers get the first overall draft pick.

That same Sunday I made the trip to New Jersey to see the Bruins tuck their season away in a match up against the New Jersey Devils. They lost 3-2 but it has to be one of my favorite game experiences of the entire season….and I’ve been to over 20 games. Tuukka made a real intense save, Peverley scored and there is always the cheering for the enemy aspect. And being able to joke about the Devils not being in the playoffs and making golf swing motions was great too.

The best part?

so many signs!

We turned the corner from where we had parked in the parking garage and suddenly we saw a sea of blue. Huh? The Devils wear red…For a second I wasn’t sure if these were Devils fans that had some weird thing going. But every single jersey was a Nordiques jersey. The defunct team the Quebec Nordiques still have some of the most passionate fans, probably better than most NHL fans.

Just in the plaza of the Prudential Center you’d think you were going to a Nordiques game. I’d heard about this happening before when Nordiques fans go to other games in masses in order to prove that they still exist. They sure can fill the arena better than the home teams fans.

Whether they spoke French or English, these people were extremely interesting. One of the people I went with was wearing a Thomas jersey and if you can recall, Thomas was drafted by the Nordiques. He never played for them because the team was sold before he could. He never even got a jersey from the draft. The fans in blue were so excited to tell us how much they love Tim Thomas and that they are rooting for the Bruins in the playoffs.

A fan's sign

Inside the game it was a blast and the Nordiques fans made the environment outstanding. We met up with a Devils fan who attends game on the regular who told us that the arena was never as loud as it was on that particular Sunday afternoon.

That is no surprise. The Nordiques fans filled the corners of the balcony on both ends and were scattered through out otherwise. At the 16 minute mark of each period they let out a huge roar that electrified the whole building.

They had many French chants during the game as well as “Nordiques Nation” going strong. Security did not know how to control the mass of fans who had come as the group of that same name. The Nation came down a day prior stopping in NYC with a message in Times Square to the NHL about their team. Buses could be seen all around Newark from Quebec that they had taken to the game. This group is serious.

Later in the game balloons were bopped around in the crowd before security managed to stop that. In the final three minutes of the game the aisles in the lower bowl were suddenly flooded with Nordiques fans who stormed down the stairs. They were screaming and cheering while chanting “Nordiques Nation!” I couldn’t help but join in. I loved the passion. These people were genius.

Being a part of such an event was the coolest. It made the long drive totally worth it. I hope Quebec gets another team. The fans are there for sure, and hey, maybe even this will come true:

Myself, a Nordiques fan, Katie and Jeremy.

I love Hockey

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Shawn Thornton following the Bruins win over the Blackhawks 3/29

Shawn Thornton took a skate to the face on Tuesday night as the Bruins blanked the defending Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks by a tally of 3-0. Did Thornton lie on the ice, bleeding all over the place and wait for the trainer to come to him? Nope. Thornton got up and skated over to head down the tunnel to get medical attention. Well, he tried at least. From loge 19 it looked like Thornton decked a ref but alas, the ref was trying to hold back the forward from a chirping Blackhawks bench. That’s right. Thornton is literally gushing blood and dripping it on the ice….and the Blackhawks bench is taunting him…..and Thornton tries to fight whoever said it.

That is fantastic.

And that is one of the reasons that I love hockey.