Now that I am a bonafide Winnipeg-er, I have a few tips to share. Surviving a Winnipeg winter is not for the faint of heart as my sister who recently visited from HOT (Oh! Wait, I have been instructed by me teenage son that I must say ‘I am hot.’ I have been notified that it does not refer to the temperature, so I must at all times refrain from using HOT, I must instead augment my vocabulary with ‘warm’.), WARM Dubai, only 23°C discovered.
Winnipeg the Tourist Destination
I made sure that I showed my sister all the Winnipeg sights. We went to our ‘wide green parks’. She commented, “Where? it’s all white.” I showed her our rivers, at the Forks, She commented, “Where? it’s all white.” I even took her tobogganing, that she liked, but after 2 minutes outside decided that inside was where she was going to stay the entire week since, “It’s all white.” She then proceeded to warn everyone about how cold it was in ‘Freezing Manitoba‘. All the pictures she posted on FB were white, and all the lovely outfits she brought along were besieged by her winter jacket. She was upset that the leather jacket she bought specifically for this trip was useless. Seeing as how unprepared she was, I have decided to put together a list for people about what a winnipeg-er’s essentials are.
5 things in your handbag
If you carry these items in your handbag, or car then you are certainly a Winnipeg-er.
1. A shovel, there are many to choose from and they come in slim colourful styles to complement your handbag/car. Thanks to my really good friend I finally bought one. It’s really that essential black dress every woman has in her closet.
2. A blanket, bottle of water, chocolate (or fruit roll ups), matches and a flash-light. No, we are not in the wilderness, Winnipeg is a major city with an International Airport. We like to be prepared for the most likely.
3. A slurpee in your hand, it must be a giant one, small does not cut it. And it must be winter, everyone has a slurpee in the summer. After all, we are the Slurpee capital of the world.
4. Two pairs of socks and mitts – for when you must dig yourself out of 25 cm of snow that just drifted in front of you on the highway. Out of nowhere, just to see if you were paying attention to the road.
5. No woman’s handbag would be complete without her trusted car scrapper. For Winnipegg-ers this is a personal tool. Just like chefs, we have our favourites and must use only those. Following fashion trends they also come in many shapes, colours and sizes. No need to look drab/dull while you scrape. N
Lastly, we do carry moisturiser and lipstick, but only so we can apply the moisturiser and draw with lipstick in the snow to show where we are buried under the snow in case our kids come to look for us while we are shovelling the driveway that they were supposed to do in the first place but were too busy asking Siri the temperature to do so.
When you visit, you will be prepared and enjoy our new ‘Dine on Ice‘ experience. I tried to do that with my sister, I have never seen food disappear so fast. She ate and ran inside, she said, “I can’t taste anything, my tongue is frozen. You guys are crazy. I am going back to my warm winter.” Oh well….in the meanwhile, I think I will serve all my meals in the front yard, the kids seemed to enjoy and I won’t have to clean up. I love winter!