Baneen Fatima - “Being Buried in the Snow!”


Baneen Fatima

Baneen has travelled from Dubai, UAE to study a Design Foundation Programme at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Camping is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their life. I have never personally been camping back home. I have been to desert safari and things like that (which was pretty epic btw), but I have never had the chance to build a fortress with snow or sit by warm fires and tell ghost stories. It was always fascinating to see things like that in movies and I would have never thought of doing so myself mostly because of the climatic restrictions to such activities.

Here, however, things are very different. It is strange how going to Humber College and living in Canada has changed my perspective on life and how I live it. For instance, I never travelled in buses or trains back home because there was always someone who could drive me or I would drive myself. I had never worried about my rent or paying my tuition on time or even getting enough groceries for the week. Ever since coming here I have found myself being more adult, more careful and more efficient. However, things are not so serious and boring all the time. Since I am becoming more mature in my day to day life, I also have more flexibility and opportunity to have fun. This brings me to the original topic that I wanted to talk about, the winter camping trip that I recently went to with Humber. Suffice to say – It was cold (well what else should I have expected?).


“This brings me to the original topic that I wanted to talk about …”

We went to Mcgregor Point Provincial Park and stayed there for a couple of days. There were around 20 people on this trip including one of our Student Advisors – Matthew Keefe. The first day, as soon as we arrived, we unpacked and got ready for a hiking experience. The guides gave us these weird looking strap–on shoes which were supposed to help us with walk on deep snow. So we strapped them on and started the day with a long hike. While walking like penguins (because of the shoes), we had conversations about birds and nature and trees and the beautiful outdoors in general. Some of us decided that it would be a good idea to race in these shoes. Keep in mind, dear readers, that most people in the group were in their 20’s – considerably younger than our guides and Matthew. So when we raced in the deep snow, pushing and falling while we were at it, most of us were out of breath before we even reached the finishing point. Not Matthew though. He not only managed to finish the race but was also the first one to do so. He then went on to making fun of us ‘young people’ who couldn’t beat him. That was embarrassing! I was probably one of the last people who ended up panting and heaving while just barely making it. Trust me, it is not easy walking on the snow, let alone running on it.


“The guides gave us these weird looking strap–on shoes …”