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My latest full month in Nova Scotia, December

In December I've made a lot of different activities for the school, basketball team and family.

For a start, in the first week I played a lot of games in my school and in other places. I played a tournament in NNEC, another one in our school (we won this tournament) and more games in Truro.

We made a meeting in our third week of December with all the international buddies where we made some gingerbread houses. Unfortunately, Derrick and I couldn’t go all the meeting because we were having a basketball practice at the same time, so we could only go for a few minutes. We saw a lot of other internationals from other schools that were making the same activity as us.

And in my last week and a half of December (Christmas time) I went to Toronto to visit some friends. I saw a lot of different places in Toronto such as The CN Tower, The aquarium, the Niagara Falls and some Christmas markets. And to finish my trip one of my dreams came true: I saw a NBA game, Raptors v Bulls. Álvaro Carceles Ortega #nsisp #nsispfc

When I arrived in Halifax and I was taking my suitcase, I turned around and I saw all my Canadian family waiting for me. And when we got home they gave me a lot of Christmas presents and at night I went to my friend's house (Polly) where we made a New Year's party.large_8920A8DA-105F-4C85-9CEE-D10F245C90BD.jpegDE81D94B-BE76-40A8-9A88-04F182FB31F4.jpegD37541FB-B860-4634-8CB5-2FEE53FBCFC0.jpeg1F96D436-9759-42E9-981E-7E7133811DC8.jpegF8178F21-D280-4F9F-A618-6750347E4115.jpeg630EAEA8-8C01-4999-A19A-A21BBD084B57.jpeg9A18C6BF-4B69-4CB6-ADFF-6AA019E477F6.jpeg4F606368-6F4C-4E31-8106-722491B4C58F.jpeg32C7E4A1-E702-457E-A5BC-C3787FC650E6.jpegC1FA7C08-9BA0-4989-B74F-2AF09ACB26B3.jpegBF90FBBE-A7CF-4778-923C-6EA4D9559416.jpegF896656E-0CB8-46CC-98D8-40176566ADA8.jpegF44F5DFD-BE1E-4F3E-A057-E5A44EA21FC4.jpeg8AB23933-8A1F-4E08-9B1F-6E641094D16D.jpegD25CB8E3-D923-43FD-B914-A44E7C9B0A3F.jpegA932F256-792A-483D-95D5-7BDC20194B27.jpeg3A9E351F-B767-4723-A4A5-3A6F3439A948.jpeg

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A New Page

The end of 2018 chapter, a new beginning of 2019 chapter

" Adventure is worthwhile in itself"- Amelia Earhart. Hello everyone, my name is Tony, and this is the story of my two months experience of November and December.

November was a busy month, I was very excited about Christmas, although that the season just a month away, myself still excited. In November, I went to a lot of activities with my school board. We were having lots of fun playing curling, I and my friend learned rules about curling, the technique on how to push the curling rock, and we compete for each other in groups, we were tired, but, we did have a fun time.

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After that week, we all went on a trip to Halifax to watch the hockey game, on the home court of the Halifax MooseHead. The game was very intense, the player was hurtling each other to the side, there was also some physical contact happened at the game. The result was very sad, the Mooseheads lost to their opponent, despite that they lost, we still love the energy that they bring to the game.

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December was the month that everyone was waiting for this one special season, Christmas Eve. But, before we all going to stay in our home for Christmas, the school board decided to open a Christmas party for host families and international students to participate. We created some hot chocolate jar to go home to drink, building stuff snowman, and also dressed up and have some fun time.

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A tradition day for our international student in CEC is the Christmas dinner at our school. Everyone wear formal dresses and suits. At the dinner, there was the principle and also the school staff, with some of our Canadian friends in the international club. The night was fun and fine.

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My experiences with November and December was fantastic. It was an unforgettable memory to me to see snow, even though I had seen it before, to see the view covered by snow in the beauty. The year 2018 is almost over, I did have some fun time and a bad time. But, for the most time, I enjoyed every day, to be at school, to be with friends, and to be with my family. I'm so excited to set my goals and start my new journey in 2019. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone, and I will see you guys later.

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December differences

snow -7 °C

December has always been one of my favorite months in the year. It is a month of celebration and reflection, but it's also a time where we can look forward to new things.

My favorite part of December is a Dutch celebration called Sinterklaas and I have been explaining it to my Canadian friends as Dutch Christmas.
Sinterklaas is the name of our Santa. Every year in late November her travels to the Netherlands form Spain in boats with presents and his helpers the Pete's. Every night till December 5th he walk the rooftops of all the houses to bring presents to the kids who put their shoes out by the door or the fireplace. On December 5th he makes his last round and leaves a bag of present at every house.

Sinterklaas is really big in the Netherlands and it comes with special food and festivities. My favorite food is are cookies called 'pepernoten' which are small and crispy cookies which are giving to children by the Pete's. Sinterklaas is also celebrated in the schools. Most of the times with games. There is even a Sinterklaas news that airs on national television every night for a whole month.

Another fun part is our way of doing 'Secret Santa'. We do a secret santa where you buy something for someone, but the biggest part of it is the 'surprise' you make for them. The surprise is the way you wrap you present and this is often very creative. A surprise is often related to hobby's or someones personality. You craft it form cardboard or paper maché. It can take a lot of effort but the most beautiful thing are made.

I celebrated Sinterklaas a tiny bit with my host family. I made them put their shoes out by the door so Sinterklaas could fill them with present, which he of course did. My parents also sent some of the traditional food and I everyone loved it. It is really fun sharing a part of you culture with others.

-JP

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Fastest November

Xmas and more

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IMG_2552.PNGIMG_2551.PNGIMG_2550.PNGIMG_2549.PNGFirst, sorry for the late post but this November could be the fastest one ever for me.

This month, I have dealt with my classes a lot to get higher grades because I am to apply some universities inside and outside of Canada. It has also been a very stressed month for me because application process in tough. I have been doing good with my grades I guess but there is an exam called 'IELTS' and it is such a burden for me and I am still preparing for that.

Except that, me and my host family had started Christmas decoration on November 12, it is totally done now and the home looks amazing. Also, there was a parade in the Halifax city which was quite fantastic. By the way, it's been snowing frequently since November.

I also have tried my first Ramen in a ramen restaurant in Halifax and I loved it. I realized how nice to have many international friends again because one of my Japanese friends brought me there to try it. Now, it one of my favourite places.

Lastly, I have volunteered with one of my friends, Ester. It was an organization for children to have nice time together and my duty was to polish their nail. We got our faces painted and watched children to get their gifts, it was one of the cutest volunteering experiences for me.

Time passes by so quick but I am sure I will be filled many other experiences and news for the next entry. See you till then!

Sebnem A.

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November with a lot of sport!

Hi everyone it’s Alvaro and I’m going to talk about this month in Canada.

Im going to focus in 1 really important thing that I’ve done all this month and it’s basketball.
For start we start our games the first week of November and our last game was yesterday. Last weekend I went to a tournament in Fredricton where we played against a lot of really good teams and we finished it in 2nd place I was so happy. I really like my team and we are one of the best teams of this zone. Andy relationship with my teammates is great!

For the rest of the month I didn’t do a lot of things I lose some days of school because of the snow and I made a lot of snowmen. Right now it’s snowing so this is a non-stop Season! It’s really beautiful to see but it’s too cold outside so I don’t used to do a lot of things only basketball. Well and that’s all for this month and one of the last ones I can’t believe that we’re in December yet.

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