Emir Cengeloglu from Istanbul, Turkey, Jan Sholz of Eckernfoerde, Germany and Noé Fabre of Marseille, France had never skated at all before last month – and now they are crosscutting left and right, doing hockey stops, and skating figures.
“We have Canadian friends who skated their whole lives and they told us the best things to do,” said Sholz March 30 as he skated on the Caldwell-Roach/Kings Mutual Insurance Ice Surface in downtown Truro.
The exchange students are studying at the Cobequid Educational Centre this year and are all staying with the same host family.
They noticed the rink about a month ago and borrowed skates from the family to try out the new to them activity.
This week, with storm days and longer brighter evenings, they have skated seven days in a row.
“It’s fun, it’s something you can do with friends – it’s my first time,” said Fabre.
He says they have rinks in southern France where he is from but he doesn’t know anyone who skates.
“No one is going, it is not the culture,” he said.
Cengeloglu has been in Truro for two years now but hadn’t skated before this year.
“This rink is new? We are so lucky, we came at a good time,” he said. “We can come whenever we want and have fun.”
The town is hoping to keep the rink open until Sunday.