The shopping mall in Canada, at least the one I visited, was full of vibrant colors, delicious smells and trendy shoppers. The new inventory screamed warmth, sun, cloudless sky, outdoors, blooming flowers, and turning-green trees.
The coming of spring was eminent, even though people were still wrapped in scarves. The weather was very generous yesterday, spoiling us with the hot, pleasant day; even the ice in the canal seemed to start moving, but today it decided to test our endurance once again. The temperature dropped below zero, proving that winter was not ready to give up just yet. The cold, nasty rain made pedestrians run for the shelter; the brutal wind swept right through the bones.
Shopping was the way to escape the bad weather and the melancholy that came with it. The stores in Canada are much quieter than in New York; I kept wondering how could they stay in business? There are more sales people than there are customers. It does not look like enough business even to cover the basic expenses.
Everything is clean and organized. Majority of shoppers, regardless of their age or social status have a very good taste and a sense of style. Even a homeless men hanging out in the food court was wearing a wool coat – old, but nicely tailored, with matching dark sneakers. He looked like a character from some fairy tale with his thick. gray, unruly hair and beard. Or may be like Albert Einstein on the picture with his tongue stuck out, but with the beard? Instead of traditional begging for food, he killed the time by reading a book.
Women are not afraid of wearing short skirts, funky slim pants, large jewelry, and bright accessories. Clothing for them is the reflection of their personality. They are making bold, unconventional choices, combining pieces that may not look like a good match at first. Their outfits are more about having fun and reflecting on their current mood, than following the current fashion trend.
I enjoyed strolling through the aisles, observing the shoppers and simply being greeted with“Bon jour Madam”.