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Blog #2 by Sohrab Ayan

October
This month was a great one. Well I think I'm gonna say this to every month...however I had a great month and I'm gonna tell you a bit of what I did.

Thanksgiving
Yes, we had Thanksgiving. Many of you will probably gonna say 'Isn't Thanksgiving in November?' No. For the Canadian Thanksgiving is on the first Monday in October. They celebrate the end of the Seven Year's War. But it's not different in the meaning of Thanksgiving and the tradition is the same. We come together with people you are close to, be thankful and eat some great turkey. It was lovely and really nice and it became better when we had a power outage and we had no school for two days. At this point I was really thankful.

Fear Farm
This was definitely one of my favourite things I did last month, the Fear Farm. Close to Truro is a Fear Farm and a cornmaze that is open during the Halloween time. You have to go through different courses and there are traps and actors who are going to scare you. Once an actress was trying to scare us and was stopping us from going further but I found a way to escape her so I ran away and that was so funny that even the actress started to laugh :D. But before we went to the Fear Farm we've gone to Peggy's Cove. A beautiful spot close to Halifax. This place was right at the coast and the famous lighthouse of Nova Scotia stands right there.
But I'm sure that I'll never forget the Fear Farm, it was such a fun adventure.

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Baddeck
This is a place in Cape Breton, an island in the north of Nova Scotia. We went to Baddeck for a weekend because my host mum had a conference there and I'm so glad that she had this conference because Baddeck is a really nice place. We stayed at a huge resort with sportfields, swimming pools and restaurants and it has a beach, too. But it is not just beautiful it is a special place, too. Have you ever heard about 'Alexander Graham Bell'? You should have because this guy was the inventer of the telephone. And he had a house in Baddeck and lived there. We went to the Alexander Graham Bell museum and it was more interesting than I thought it would be! So many intersting things were exhibited and a lot of stuff you could do to find out more about Bell's life. We had a lot of fun.

Halloween
This might be the most known thing of the month October, Halloween. Same as in America the Canadian celebrate Halloween really big. At first we had this Halloween Dance at our school. When I went there I couldn't believe what I saw. Almost everybody dressed up for the dance! I always thought that it is sad that there is not that much willingness to dress up at a dance in Germany. So much the better I enjoyed the dance with all those crazy people!

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At October 31st we did the most traditional thing of Halloween. We went Trick or Treating. We dressed up with a few friends and went around the community and collected a lot of candys. But the most fun thing was that we all dressed up and had so much fun 'bumming around'.

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Living in Canada

The Month With Pumpkins

Hey everyone, my name is Sera and I can believe how big and important pumpkins are in this country. I could see pumpkins everywhere. It was amazing! We had an event called "Pumpkin Regatta".It was my first time to see big pumpkins, I was amazed.Those huge pumpkins were going to be boats. They had to look good and they had to be ready for the race. First we had to choose a topic for our pumpkin. It had to be something that the kids would enjoy, so we chose the ninja turtles. We carved our pumpkin so that our racers could get in. And than we painted our pumpkin in green and some of the international students(who were good at drawing) drew a ninja turtle face on the pumpkin. It looked fabulous. We worked as a team and had so much fun. At the end of the day every one of us had paint on our faces, including our coordinator. Here is a photo of our pumpkin and us.IMG_1250.jpg IMG_1269.jpg

The parade was fun. We were singing, and waving to other people. I think we were one of the loudest groups. We weren't the first ones to finish the race, but we weren't last either, I'm proud of our team. I didn't know that we could use pumpkins in so many different ways. My Thanksgiving dinner tasted really good. I had a pumpkin pie for dessert that day. I also have a photo with a pumpkin family. Pumpkin men were everywhere. After that week, you could see the haloween decorations coming out. Most of the houses had scary looking carved pumpkins.IMG_1487.jpg

In two weeks it was Halloween!! We had to go shopping. With my friends we went to a mall. There were shops full of costumes, and scary decorations. I was going to be a wicked witch. We bought our costumes, which it took us three hours to choose. We were to busy trying to scare each other. At the end of the day I was exhausted. Just one week before Halloween, our school had a movie night, that was open for everyone. They showed us two movies. The first one was a haloween movie for kids to enjoy. The second one was a horror movie. Also. at the same night, our volleyball team had a match. So me and my host sisters stayed after school and had dinner with our friends and watched the match. The movie was scary.But it wasn't the movie that made people scream, it was the ambiance. The lights were off and we were sitting on matts. Although, it was fun. On the halloween night we went trick or treating. I collected lots of candies. I'm still trying to finish them. Some people were very creative and even had decorated inside of their house. This month was full of pumpkins and lots of fun. I learn new things everyday in Canada and looking forward to learn more!

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MI VIDA EN CANADÁ COMO CORRESPONSAL EXTRANJERO

Hola, mi nombre es Rosa, tengo 17 años y quiero compartir mi experincia viviendo en Canadá.

Cuando llegué al colegio eran la 1am y eso significa que no tuve tiempo de analizar que estaba en Nova Scotia, al día siguiente, básicamente el mismo día si hablamos de las horas tuvimos el desayuno en la cafetería y tenía mucho miedo porque todos ahí se conocían yo era la chica nueva que no conocía a nadie y la que no tenía compañera de cuarto así que fue malo. Desayuné con los maestros.

Después de eso fuimos con Mike para tener una pequeña introducción sobre cuál es nuestro trabajo como embajadores, nos preguntábamos a que se refería cuando dijo “todos ustedes están aquí trabajando” para ser honesta, estaba muy confundida, luego nos explicó que nuestro trabajo es escribir sobre nuestra experiencia en Nova Scotia para nuestros amigos, familia y estudiantes en todo el mundo, Monica nos enseñó cómo usar redes sociales y llevaron a una fotógrafa para que nos enseñe como tomar buenas fotos incluso si no tienes una cámara profesional, porque ella piensa que la mejor cámara que puedes tener es la que puedes llevar todos los días contigo. Después conocimos al famoso Paul Millán, él es asombroso y me sentí muy orgullosa de decir que vengo de Campeche, México porque para ellos Campeche es la capital de México incluso cuando saben que la capital es La Ciudad de México, porque tenemos una increíble hermandad.

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En Campeche tenemos el árbol de la hermandad para representar esta relación

Todos los embajadores tenemos esta enorme oportunidad porque ellos nos dieron una beca pero todos la conseguimos de diferentes maneras; estuve en un campamento de liderazgo en Campeche, cuando el campamento terminó todos nosotros tuvimos la oportunidad de aplicar para una beca, hice un ensayo y así conseguí la beca y después de mucho papeleo, estoy viviendo esta enorme oportunidad con personas de todo el mundo. Juntos fuimos a Citadel, en Halifax para tener un recorrido en el Harbour Hopper, fue increíble y Alex, el guía turístico es muy divertido y guapo, para ser honesta. Después del recorrido fuimos a el restaurante McKelvies, comí pescado empanizado y camarones con crema de ajo, fui mi primera vez comiendo pescado después de 5 años y realmente me gustó, el regreso al colegio fue genial, sólo Mike y yo hablando de música porque los chicos estaban durmiendo. Al día siguiente hicimos la búsqueda del tesoro del pasaporte y después cada uno de nosotros fue con su familia anfitriona.

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Phatcharida de Tailandia
Jiaqi de China
Celine de Alemania
Sohrab de Alemania
Sera de Turquía
Javier de España
Giulia de Italia
Merle de Alemania
Michal de los Países Bajos
Rosa de México

Mike me presentó a Sheldon, estuve con su familia por una semana, el primer día fuimos a Halifax de compras. Son una familia muy linda y fue difícil comer algunas cosas, pero Sheldon hizo un buen trabajo, me gustóla mayoría de lo que preparó. Jugamos pasado 10 en las noches y lo amé, incluso cuando fue difícil entender las reglas. Ahora estoy con Laura y Theresa, son muy divertidas, conocí a las hijas de Laura, Deryn y Sydney son gemelas y a pesar de eso son muy diferentes, compramos un pastel de helado por sus cumpleaños, conocí a Leah en la tarde, ella es genial, tiene buen gusto en libros, tiene muy buenos libros. Estoy esperando para conocer a Teralee.

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El primer día con Laura y Theresa hicieron esta fogata, fue genial

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My first month in Nova Scotia

It's unbelievable!
My name is Sohrab Ayan and I'm an international from Germany and I'm here in Nova Scotia since a month ago. And how I already said, it's unbelievable!
I will tell you a little bit about my first month being here and how I handled this new world.

My host family
I am so lucky that I have such a nice hostfamily.
I'm living here in a house in Sherbrooke, a little community in Nova Scotia. My hostmum is the owner of one of the stores here in this community, what gives me a lot of advantages ;D. My host siblings are very nice and I couldn't imagine better siblings. They welcomed me with open arms since day one and give me the feeling, that I am part of their family and I really appreciate that.

My school
I'm going to a little school here in Sherbrooke, called the St.Mary's Education Centre. The school is small and has just about 200 students. But this is nothing bad! I'm just a month here in Sherbrooke and I already know everybody in this school! They are so kind and open and I really see that they are happy having me in their school and that is what makes my sometimes boring school day a perfect day! And I can't believe how many activities they have. Since I'm here they were doing something special once a week. No matter if it's a theme day we're everybody dress like something specific or a fun day were everyone is going outside and play games and stuff like that. I can tell you guys...this school is everything, but not lacking in variety!!

Activities with my host family
Remember I told you I just came here a month ago? But in this month I had so many activities I would have at home for like a half a year. Every weekend my hostmum is planning something great and it's always so much fun. In the first week I had tour through the so called Sherbrooke Village. It is a part of Sherbrooke that is built like in the 19th century. In the second weekend we went to a beautiful beach where I went swimming. It was pretty cold but it was fun anyway. In the next weekend we went to the capital city in Nova Scotia, Halifax. This city is really unique and I felt in love with it the first time I saw it. Maybe it's just because I miss my city in Germany but anyways it is a beautiful city. We spent a night in a luxurious Hotel and had a great time there! The day after that we went to an OnTreePark in Windsor. In this Park you have to go on different courses and it has stuff like climbing, zip lining and many other things. It was really fun but after a hard course I was pretty done for that day :D.

My opinion so far
My opinion is that just after a month I already feel like home. This month went so far because of all the stuff we already did. But it also feels like I would be here for a really long time. The kindness and love they give here is so amazing that I feel like being home.
I love it.
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DÍA DE ORIENTACIÓN Y ASAMBLEA

Hola, mi nombre es Rosa, tengo 17 años y quiero compartirles toda mi experiencia vivendo en Canadá, ahora estoy hablando sobre algunos eventos con personas nuevas.

Hace dos semanas tuvimos orientación en Truro, después de la escuela todos los estudiantes internacionales de Chignecto Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) fuimos a un hotel por una noche, tuvimos una cena para hacer amigos de todas partes del mundo, luego de eso nos dividimos en tres grupos para ir con nuestros coordinadores, donde hablamos sobre las reglas, todo acto tiene una consecuencia. Conocimos a Lisa, ella es nuestra tutora legal. Después de eso tuvimos un baile para pasar un buen rato con nuevas personas que seguramente se convertirán en amigos muy importantes.

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Estaba muy feliz de ver a Monica y las chicas otra vez.

El baile fue divertido, todos eran muy amigables, conocer personas de todas partes del mundo es emocionante, es increíble como hablamos fácilmente con todos incluso cuando no nos conocemos. Mi compañera de cuarto era de México, somos muy diferentes, pero eso no fue problema para ser amigas, incluso cuando estas conociendo personas de todas partes del mundo, siempre es increíble encontrar a alguien de tu país, Monse si estás leyendo esto, nos veremos pronto, eres una chica increíble, disfruta tu estadia en Nova Scotia.

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Monse y yo.

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Era una canción lenta; teníamos que hacerlo.

Al día siguiente fuimos al parque vida salvaje, fue genial, todos los animales son hermosos y me gusta el propósito del parque, ellos encuentran animales que necesitan atención porque tienen algo mal, luego cuando están completamente sanos regresan a la vida salvaje. Hay dos águilas hermosas que lamentablemente no pueden regresar a la vida salvaje porque tienen daños permanentes. Mis animales favoritos del parque fueron los osos y tigres, incluso cuando están pensado es hora de cenar cuando nos ven, son muy bonitos así que los perdono.

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Con Lotti en el parque vida salvaje, ella es de Alemania.

Después del parque vida salvaje fuimos a Douglas Street Rec Centre para comer, jugar y decir adiós a nuestros nuevos amigos. Jugamos diferentes tipos de juegos, juegos donde tienes que recordar, juegos donde tienes que correr, juegos donde tienes que pensar, juegos donde tienes que trabajar con un compañero, fue grandioso.

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Este fue mi juego favorito y nosotros fuimos los mas rápidos. Presionamos la muñeca del que está a tu derecha o izquierda y teníamos que terminar el circulo en segundos, lo hicimos más rápido que el equipo anterior, fuimos los más rápidos.

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Todos los estudiantes internacionales de Chignecto Central Regional School Board.

La semana pasada en SCA las chicas de la clase de liderazgo hicieron una asamblea para dar la bienvenida a todos los estudiantes internacionales. Nos presentaron ante toda la escuela y el propósito fue estar seguros de que nos sintamos parte de SCA.
Una semana antes estuvieron haciendo una presentación con cosas que nos gustan, fue lindo.

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Las chicas de la clase de liderazgo.

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Todos los estudiantes internacionales en SCA.

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