We arrived in Halifax on a warm summer evening, with a lot of luggage and the not-so-smart idea of taking the bus to carry it to our appartment (which we were to see for the first time). Had we designed this trip from the airport as a deliberate test of the helpfulness of Canadians, they would have passed it with bravery. Without the help of three bus drivers, who allowed us to occupy nearly half the space in their vehicle with our 2 small, 4 big and 1 very big pieces of luggage, and even more notably a young local woman, who happened to travel in our direction and helped us not only to find our way through the unfamiliar bus system but also to haul all our stuff from bus to bus, our first evening in Halifax could have well ended up in a small drama.
But fortunately it didn’t. Also our appartment, which we had rented over the internet and not even seen on photos prior to arrival, turned out to be fantastic. So we spent a couple of days to hunt down the thrift shops, supermarkets and furniture stores of Halifax to buy furniture and household stuff for our appartment. Then, only five days after our arrival, our times as PhD students officially started. This is not the place to go into detail about our research and coursework, so I’ll let pictures tell the story of our free time during our first two months in Halifax:
Arrival in Halifax and our first night in the empty appartment.
Indian Summer in Nova Scotia