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A Greek in Fort McMurray
Emma Stathopoulos

- And where do you live? on the internet.
- Fort McMurray I had absolutely no clue where Fort
- Ah!... McMurray was, or what it was like. Even
- … though everybody back home in Greece
- And where is that? thought I had lost my marbles deciding to
- Up North in Alberta jump on a plane to explore faraway lands, let
- Ah!... alone frozen ones, I knew that I just ‘had’ to
Little did I know back then that I would go, and it was not for the land but for a man.
end up crossing the Atlantic to live in Fort A man, who just like me felt that he just
McMurray. Fast forward three years and ‘had’ to communicate with me online, even
many adventures later, I am finally here in though he too, felt that it was a ‘long shot’.
the Big White North. A man who discovered, just after he got his
Nothing could have prepared me for ticket to come to Greece for us to meet, that
this when I first set foot here as a visitor in he has cancer.
November 2011. Nor did I ever expect that That November day in 2011 that I landed
fate would have me stay for a whole year. in Fort McMurray the temperature was -22
I experienced the freezing -45C, the long and everything was white. I gasped from the
dark winter nights, the long bright summer cold coming out of the airport doors and
days, the snow, the ice, the mud, the flies. the thoughts “Am I crazy? What am I doing
Yet none of that prevented me from staying. here?” did briefly cross my mind.
I was love stricken! That was a rollercoaster of a year in
No, it wasn’t the love at first sight, young, between the feelings of infatuation, the
crazy kind of love, even though there was a doctor’s appointments, the nerve wrecking
significant degree of infatuation. It was the procedures, the operation, hospitals,
I had absolutely slow growing, adult kind even though born travelling back and forth to Edmonton,

no clue where Fort
McMurray was,
or what it was
like. Even though
everybody back
home in Greece
thought I had
lost my marbles
deciding to jump

on a plane to
explore faraway
lands



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