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I am an international graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. I am from India. This happened on the first Saturday of January 2017. I was working in my research lab till late night and I had parked my car on the road outside university campus. While parking the car I did not realize that I am parking my car in ice and walked towards university. When I came back to my car around 2 AM, I entered in my car and started it but car was not moving an inch. I tried and tried but it was not moving. I came out to see what’s going on. What I saw was something like this:
I was tired and it was really cold. I looked here and there and found no one. I checked in my car to find some tools to break the ice. I had two of these snow brushes. That’s it.
Winter term had started but most of my friends were still on vacation. I thought it was also not a good time to call. I started to break ice around tires using snow brush and tried to drive the car out of it. I kept on breaking ice for straight 30 minutes but it was not helping. I was exhausted.
Then suddenly a car stopped and two drunk guys came out who were heading back from a club downtown. They asked if they could help. I guess it was around -30 degrees celsius and realizing that they were not wearing a jacket/sweater, I requested them to go back in their car. They did not listen to me and were really nice. Those guys were from Vancouver, BC and were visting a friend at the University of Saskatchewan. They took out two snow brushes from their car and start breaking ice. Meanwhile they introduced themselves and were asking me about myself.
Luckily, I had an extra sweater in car and I was wearing a parka jacket and sweater. I gave an extra sweater and my parka jacket to those guys. I kept on requesting them to not worry and leave as they were tired after party. But no, they insisted on staying and helping me. They asked me to put some music on car stereo.
After that for straight 20 minutes we three were breaking ice near car tires. After ample amount of ice was removed, we placed car mats under each tire to gain traction. Then one guy started pressing accelerator and other guy and I started pushing the car from back. After around 10 minutes of this, the car finally came out of ice.
I felt relieved and we three went to nearby Tim Hortons and enjoyed Double-Double. That night I knew I made the right choice of choosing Canada for higher studies.
I don’t want to say that people in other countries don’t help strangers but Canadians never fail to surprise me with their politeness and helpful nature.
I read somewhere on the Internet “When I’m in Canada, I feel this is what the world should be like”. I feel the same.
Edit1: Thanks Aaron Anthony for suggestion to break down the answer into smaller paragraphs. Thank you everyone for upvotes and reading the answer. I am falling in love with “CANADA” everyday.
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