KANADA – CANADA

Americko-kanadska granica-USA-Canada border

Americko-kanadska granica-USA-Canada border

Duga nad Nijagarinim vodopadima-A rainbow over Niagara Falls

Duga nad Nijagarinim vodopadima-A rainbow over Niagara Falls

Jezero Nimpo u Britanskoj Kolumbiji-Nimpo Lake, BC

Jezero Nimpo u Britanskoj Kolumbiji-Nimpo Lake, BC

Kanadski divlji konji-Canadian wild horses

Kanadski divlji konji-Canadian wild horses

Konferencijski centar u Vankuveru-Vancouver Convention Centre

Konferencijski centar u Vankuveru-Vancouver Convention Centre

Pogled na Nijagarine vodopade sa vidikovca na kanadskoj strani-A view of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side viewpoint

Pogled na Nijagarine vodopade sa vidikovca na kanadskoj strani-A view of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side viewpoint

Pogled na Vankuver-A view of Vancouver

Pogled na Vankuver-A view of Vancouver

Totemi americkih Indijanaca-Totems of American Indians

Totemi americkih Indijanaca-Totems of American Indians

Zaliv u obliku potkovice u zapadnom Vankuveru-Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver

Zaliv u obliku potkovice u zapadnom Vankuveru-Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver

Opalo kanadsko lisce-Fall Canadian leaves

Opalo kanadsko lisce-Fall Canadian leaves

Prirodnjacki muzej i moderne zgrade u zalivu u Vankuveru-The Science World and modern buildings in the False Creek Bay in Vancouver

Prirodnjacki muzej i moderne zgrade u zalivu u Vankuveru-The Science World and modern buildings in the False Creek Bay in Vancouver

Ulica u Trontu-A street in Toronto

Ulica u Trontu-A street in Toronto

Viseci most Kapilano-Capilano Suspension Bridge

Viseci most Kapilano-Capilano Suspension Bridge

Gradska vecnica Toronta i Trg Nejtana Filipsa-Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square

Gradska vecnica Toronta i Trg Nejtana Filipsa-Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square

Kanadski tresnjin cvet-Canadian cherry blossom

Kanadski tresnjin cvet-Canadian cherry blossom

Zemlja neizmernih prirodnih bogatstava, po kojima je treća na svetu, kao i lepota, Kanada svakom posetiocu pruža ono što želi i hoće da doživi u njoj. To može biti obilazak njenih turističkih atrakcija, ali je, ipak, u najvećoj meri imigracija ono što je čini poznatom i primamljivom. Kvalitet života, koji pruža onima kojima to nije mogla  njihova sopstvena zemlja, takav je da u nju dolaze i naseljavaju je stanovnici svih meridijana sveta, nalazeći sigurnost i neki bolji život za kojim teže.

Velika jezera na jugu zemlje i beskrajna šumska prostranstva karakteristična su za ovu ogromnu zemlju, a takođe i njeni poznati gradovi Toronto, Montreal i Vankuver, kao i nešto manje poznati glavni grad Otava.  Mislim da je malo osoba na svetu koji u Kanadi nemaju bar nekog rođaka ili prijatelja.

Moj rođak i prijatelj zove se Edi Osghian i živi u Vankuveru sa ženom Draganom i kćerkom Enom, kao i mačkom Šugar (Šećer) i može se reći da je uspeo. Direktor je filmskog festivala, režira poznate serije i objašnjava mi da su kante prepune đubreta na ulici deo dekora za snimanje američkih filmova, jer je to ovde znatno povoljnije, ali je inače dosadno čisto. Ušao je u sistem, kako kaže, a onda su u ovoj zemlji blagostanja sva vrata otvorena. Treba samo otvoriti ulazna vrata, a to znači biti spreman za veliku promenu, i onda život ponovo postaje lep. Jer, ova zemlja to zna da pruži spojem američkog pragmatizma i evropskog uživanja.

Posebno u Montrealu, prestonici frankofonske provincije Kvebek, duh Starog kontinenta se naročito oseća: poznati most Žak Kartije, koji podseća na Ajfelove tvorevine, nazvan prema prvom evropskom doseljeniku početkom XVI veka, preko katedrale Notr Dam i brojnih uskih ulica, barova i kafea u starom, istorijskom gradskom jezgru, čine da se francuski turisti ovde osećaju kao u Parizu.

Toronto je više američki oblik ovakvog velegrada, smešten na jezeru Ontario koje deli Kanadu od SAD-a, kao što to čine i čuveni Nijagarini vodopadi. Jedan od najlepših prirodnih rezervata je nacionalni park Hiljadu ostrva na mestu gde iz jezera Ontario polazi reka Sent Lorens na putu ka Montrealu, a nebrojena ostrva i ostrvca u tom predelu pravi su turistički raj.

Ipak, Vankuver, glavni grad najzapadnije kanadske države koja se naziva Britanska Kolumbija, zbog uticaja Golfske struje ima prijatnu klimu i bez ekstremnih temperatura po kojima je, inače, ova zemlja poznata. On je čak proglašen za prvi u svetu po kvalitetu života. Grizli medvedi, koji povremeno posećuju gradsku periferiju, samo su deo neobičnog šarma ovog grada i ne treba ih se mnogo plašiti, već postupati po uputstvima koja su vidno označena. Tako nas bar Edi savetuje, dok Milan, moj brat, i ja napuštamo ovaj grad. Milan odlazi u lov na grizlija po nepreglednim šumama severne Kanade, a ja na Havaje i Maršalska ostrva. Ponovo ćemo se naći u Vankuveru posle nedelju dana. I, verujem, jednog dana ponovo posetiti svog rođaka i prijatelja koji će tada, verovatno, biti još uspešniji.

U tom svetu, s one strane okeana, kažu da vole samo uspešne i tako ih, nažalost i dele. Na dobitnike i gubitnike. Winners and loosers. Nažalost.

Možda ne na taj način kao kod susednog Velikog brata, jer ovo je, ipak, Kanada.

April 2004.
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A country of countless natural riches, for which it is placed 3rd in the world, beautiful Canada attracts visitors offering them any experience they may want, according to their taste and preference. It could be sightseeing of its many tourist attractions, or more often than not, the immigration which makes this country famous and attractive. The quality of life that Canada offers is not to be found elsewhere; so many immigrants from all corners of the world decide to reside here, finding security and a better life they all strive for.

This huge country boasts large lakes in the South and enormous woodlands, as well as the popular cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver and a somewhat less known capital of Ottawa. I think there are very few people in the world who do not have a relative or a friend living in Canada.

My relative and friend, Edi Osghian, lives in Vancouver with his wife Dragana, daughter Emma and a cat called Sugar and you could say that he is successful. He is a film festival director; he directs a popular TV series and explains to me, that overflowing rubbish containers in the street are only part of the décor needed for shooting American movies, as it is much cheaper here. Otherwise, everything is boringly clean. Once you ‘break into the system’ all the doors to prosperity are open in this country, he tells me. You just need to open the Entrance door and that means embracing a big change, and then life becomes sweet again. This country can offer you the special blend of American pragmatism and European joie de vivre.  The spirit of the Old Continent is especially strongly felt in Montreal, the capital of the Francophone Province of Quebec. The famous Jacques Cartier Bridge, resembling Eiffel’s creations, was named after the first European settler from the beginning of the 16th century. The bridge, together with the Notre Dame cathedral, narrow streets and many bars and cafes in the old city centre, can make French tourists feel really at home, just as if they were in Paris.

Toronto has the shape of an American city and is situated on Lake Ontario which separates Canada from the US, much like the famous Niagara Falls. One of the most beautiful natural reserves is The Thousand Islands National Park situated where Saint Lawrence River emerges from Lake Ontario flowing towards Montreal, and a multitude of islands and islets in this area make for a proper tourist heaven.

Vancouver, the capital of the westernmost province of British Columbia has a temperate climate thanks to the Gulf Stream and does not suffer from famous extreme temperatures like the rest of the country. Actually, Vancouver was named Number 1 in the world for quality of life. Grizzly bears that occasionally appear at the outskirts of the city are just part of the local charm and should not be seen as dangerous; instead of being scared it is enough to follow the clear instructions which are available in the area – ‘What to do if you see a grizzly bear’. At least this is the advice we get from Edi, when Milan, my brother, and I are getting ready to leave this city. Milan departs to the infinite woodlands of Northern Canada for some grizzly bear hunting and I set off to Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. We will reunite in Vancouver after one week. And I believe we will visit our cousin again one day, when probably he will be even more successful.

In that world, across the Ocean, they like only successful people and that is how they are divided. Sadly, into winners and losers.

Maybe not exactly like in the neighbouring Big Brother, as after all, this is Canada.

April 2004

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