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Blog #8 by Sohrab Ayan

Trip to Cuba

April
When I first came here I'd never thought that I'm gonna see more than just Canada, but thanks to my amazing Host family I got to experience something of what not many other people can say..... I did a trip to Cuba!

Cuba
Yes the small country down in South America which is known for the beautiful beaches and the sun. While there were blizzards and a lot of snowing going on here we just took of and visited Cuba for a week. It was amazing. On the first days we just enjoyed the beautiful weather and the resort we stayed in. On day we had a Jeep Safari trip to some unique places close to Varadero and they sure are breathtaking. Visiting Havanna was awesome, it is such a unique city and the people are lovely.
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Two Rivers Wildlife Park
Together with all the exchange students and ambassadors of the Strait Regional School Board we visited the Two River Wildlife Park by Sydney in Cape Breton. First thing we did after we arrived was having lunch. We left pretty early because it is a long drive to Sydney and so we were all pretty hungry. Watching peacocks walking next to the windows while we were eating was pretty funny. It was actually the first time I saw peacocks so close.
After a ride on the carriage we had some time for ourself to explore the park. From Moose over to skunks the park had a big variety of animals who you were actually allowed to feed as well. My favourite animal of the park was definitely this one.
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These were my absolute highlight of this month...really excited for the next one, you never know what you are going to experience next.

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April

Hi everyone I’m Sera and this is my 8th month in Canada! So exciting. I finally get to know how spring is like here. The weather can really suprise you. One day it’s 21 degrees and one day it’s 7. I enjoyed my last time ice skating this month. I can go faster on the ice now!! But I really need more practice to actually skate. IMG_5047.jpg
I went to a birthday party with my friends and had a blast!!
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I also went to my second dance in Canada. It was the Spring Formal Dance and it also gave me a chance to more. I really had fun and I might have lost a couple of pounds that day :) We danced and danced. I can’t say all night because it was only until 9pm. But it was enough for us. I took a lot of photos that day. I met some crazy people and had lots of fun.
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As an international event we did an amazing race, it was something unusual for me to do. Because we had missions to do in only a few hours. We had to find places and certain people in Halifax. Our coordinator divided us in groups and there were host families that volunteered to drive us. It was really hard but so much fun. My group couldn’t finish in the first place but we weren’t last either.
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We had to ask people at the streets to find our way and most of them were laughing at us because we were running and trying to be quick. I have been to Halifax a few times but couldn’t figure out where we were going for an hour. With this trip I get to go to places that I never knew it existed.
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This month I also went bowling with my friends too.It was my second time playing bowling in Canada. I’m not really good at bowling but I did win the first game. I have to include that the balls here are smaller than the usual balls that I’ve played in my country.
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Blog #7 by Sohrab Ayan

Can't believe it!!
It's already been 7 months now since I'm here in Nova Scotia, time passes so fast...but I still got 3 more months to go and I can't wait to see what's coming next.

What can I says so far
Right now I'm just really happy to be here. The year is almost over and I know the homesickness is following me but that's why I'm enjoing every moment that I have with my family and friends. I don't even say hostfamily anymore because it just doesn't feel like it anymore. It is really true that after a half year abroad you feel like you have found your home 2.0.

My English has definitely become much better and much more fluent. I can't say that my English wasn't good when I came here first, but know it is much more fluent. I really think in English now and that's why I don't need to think and built sentences in my head anymore. I feel much more confident speaking English now.

School has been great the last couple months. Lot going on and always funny with
the people and teachers.

School Dance
This month's school dance was St. Patrick's Day themed, and I have to say it was for sure one of the best ones so far. Lots of fun and the theme is really cool. Did you know that St.Patrick rescued Irland from the snakes? That's why they celebrate it in North America. I guess the Irish people just brought this tradition when they settled in North America.

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Weather
This month's weather was really moody. Lots of snow even though we thought that was it, but nope. It was still beautiful which made it not too bad actually.
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Afghan Food
Another great thing I'm pretty proud of was my selfmade meal. Yes, I actually cooked for my family here to give them some afghan experience since all they hear about has something to do with Germany and I mean we can't forget my origin roots :). So I cooked a really special and extremely popular dish which is called "Bulani". It is basically just flat bread filled with potatoes, leak or meat and fried in an oil pan. Sounds simple but it's delicious. Served with some yogurt and selfmade chutney. Chutney is some sort of a dip or sauce which consists mostly of cilantro, hot peppers and garlic. As you can imagine it is a spicy dip and it is really hot. My hostmum almost choked on it and it wasn't even as hot as it is supposed to be....but mixed with some yogurt it adds a really good flavour to the Bulani.

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March!

Definitely Canadian

Hi everyone, I’m Sera and this is my 7th month in Canada. I spent nearly all of my time snowboarding!! Especially during the March break. I really like it and I’m a little sad that the season has ended. But this means that the weather is going to warm up and I am really excited for spring. I mean I’m still excited because I haven’t seen it yet. It is the end of March and we are still getting snow days!! I’m still shoveling snow. But I’m hoping that it would end soon because I really miss the warm weather. Right now I can enjoy the last few days of the snow.

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The other thing I mostly did this month was going shopping. We went to the mall a few times because we needed prom dresses. And you know it takes time for a girl to find the perfect dress. I should mention that I have two other host sisters so this even takes more time. We still couldn’t find “the perfect dress” but that was the idea, to start looking early, so we still have time.
I almost forgot to talk about “the slush cup”. Slush cup happens every year at the end of the winter season. They dig a big hole at the end of the hill and fill it with water. People that have applied for it ski or snowboard down the hill and have to jump over the big puddle. I should say when I watched the first person trying to jump over the puddle I really thought that Canadians were crazy!! And it felt like it was something that people do every day!! But it was fun to watch. The weather was freezing and it was slightly windy. I don’t know how those people survived after falling into the puddle. Well I guess because they are Canadian!! At the end of the day I was freezing, and I certainly didn’t jump.
I am definitely turning into a Canadian. Because I can’t say no to Tim Hortons, I love watching hockey games, whenever I see that the weather is going to be at a plus temperature, I feel warm!! And I do not get muscle pain after doing the wood, it actually became my monthly sport now.

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Look back

Do I regret my decision?

Hello Travellers

A few days ago my countdown to the day I leave Canada showed me that I have less than 100 days left. Don’t understand me wrong when I say countdown. I’m not counting the days till I leave Canada. I really enjoy it here and I don't want to imagine what it will be like when the day of the takeoff really comes.

But ok let’s look ‘a little bit’ back. I want to talk about the last past seven months and what I think. Do I regret it, would I do it again ...?

Do be honest the question if I regret my exchange year is maybe a little bit stupid if I already said that I don’t want to think about leaving :), but here my top 5 reasons why (not in a particular order).

English

Of course my English has improved. That’s probably one of the main reason why I wanted to do an exchange. It doesn’t matter if your English is bad or already good. I started to think in English and since then I didn’t had trouble to say what I want without searching for the words. It becomes so much easier and one day I caught myself, thinking what that word is in German or I suddenly used an English word while speaking German (still doing it). Also, good English skills are important in nowadays jobs.

Self-Confidence, Independence, open-minded etc.

I can definitely already say that I chanced during the last seven months. I have more confidence in myself and are open-minded to other people or cultures. Also you learn to be independent. Sure your host parents can help you but they won’t help you with every problem. I can’t really explain in which way I changed, but a friend from Spain told me that she has the feeling she changed too. My host sister from Brazil said she learned and gained patience, to respect differences, that accepted that she can’t know everything and many other things.

I’m young

It sounds weird when I say that but remember that person who always said “Do it while you are young”? He/she is so right. I had so many opportunities to spend one year abroad and I chose High School. I had doubt if that was the right choice but i really never regret it!! After this year a new “chapter” will start for me. I’m really excited for it and my year abroad helped me in some way to decide what I want to do.. Travel when you are young and you will learn from it. Also you might not get the chance again.

Adventure

It’s a huge adventure even when your adventure on day becomes your normal life and it doesn’t seem like an adventure anymore. But since I’m here I want to travel. I want to experience new cultures and this becomes a little bit easier with the friends I made. I have three places in this world I definitely want to visit because of my friends: Japan, Spain and Brazil. But I got interested in so much more.

My host family

Last but not least my host family. I personally cared more about the home and the
people I will spend 10 months with than the school and the place I will go to. And I had so much luck with my host family. There are so many good things to say about them but all in all I’m just a part of the family and that probably makes it the hardest thing to say goodbye. At least 50% of my memories are together with them (that’s a huge part ;) ).
I think you can make friends everywhere. I'm also so lucky in this aspect too. I have great friends and it's going to be weird when we will live in different countries. They all will make saying goodbye sooooo hard.

So, maybe it is obvious but I would always do it again!

Thanks for having patients with me and reading this blog entry.
See you next time maybe than on one of our other accounts ;) (Instgram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube)
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