Hi, my name is Rosa, I'm 17 years old and I want to share my whole experience living in Canada, this time I'm talking about everything that is new.
I'm going to be honest, this post is a difficult one for me because there are a lot of things going on right now that I want to share with all of you.
Let's start with the trees, the colors are so beautiful and it's insane how one day they are all green and when you are not looking they start turning yellow, orange, red; just beautiful. Laura Lee is always saying how beautiful they are and the reason is because chlorophyll needs warm temperatures and sunlight, when the trees stop producing chlorophyll the colors of the leaves start changing.
The difference is amazing
At the beginning of the month I carved a pumpkin for the first time. It was amazing and gross because the pumpkin seeds feel really awful. The girls (Sydney and Deryn) helped me with the face; I think I did a pretty good job and they did too. It took us like half an hour, probably more, we chose big pumpkins.
Guess which one is mine
When we went to Peggy’s Cove, Laura Lee, Theresa and I were on the pink bus, Laura Lee is the driver so she was telling stories the whole time. I was so excited because if you travel to Nova Scotia there's no way that you don't go to Peggy's Cove. You're probably wondering what Peggy's Cove is, well it's an active lighthouse and a Canadian icon, it is one of the busiest tourist attractions in the province and this lighthouse is one of the most photographed structures in Atlantic Canada.
See how strong I am? I can hold the lighthouse just with one hand
FIRST HOCKEY GAME
All the international students were invited to the first game of the season in Brookfield. We were so excited. It was on Thursday. I have chess club every Thursday, so I stay after school. After chess club we went to Jake's for pizza and then we went to the hockey rink like 30 minutes before the game started.
Oh my god it was AMAZING, it was really cold, but every second I spent there was worth it. At the beginning Juliana were screaming so loud every time someone hit someone else, it was really funny. At the beginning we didn’t understand everything; it was the first hockey game most of us had ever been to. We were screaming so loud; even when everyone was quiet, we were still screaming. Our team (Brookfield Elks) won 5-3. Now I’m a huge fan of hockey.
SCA HOME OF THE WOLVES
Now let’s talk about the school, there’s a huge difference. There’s two fears that you can experience, the first one is waking up late and not being ready on time, the second one is being ready but missing the bus; unfortunately, both have already happened to me.
First fear: The day after my first hockey game I was really tired that I woke up at 6:55am, I know is hard to believe but yes, that’s late, Forest is waiting to pick Victor and I at 7:15am.
Second fear: Last week I was ready at 6:50am so I started to watch funny videos, when I realized that I have to go the school it was 7:13am, I ran and when I was at Victor’s house, he wasn’t there. I was getting really worried because I was thinking that I missed the bus, so I sent a message to Julia saying that probably I missed the bus. She told me that Roger was late that morning. Forest was late that morning too.
You don’t know how awesome your life is until you change your lifestyle. You’re probably asking yourself what I’m trying to say. What I mean is that at home I never have to get worry about waking up on time, making my lunch, being on time for the bus, doing laundry, or watching how I spend my money. Basically I just have to worry about school at home. Here is totally different; there’s no one waking me up and doing those things for me. Basically my mom and dad are not here.
TEACHERS AND NEW FRIENDS
I like how the teachers don’t treat us in special way but they make sure that we understand what they are saying. Sometimes it is hard to understand what they are saying because they talk fast, or when someone says something, they don’t say it loud, I’m always at the front so I can’t hear anything. I think that my English is getting better.
We always get to school early in the mornings, so we sit in the cafeteria. We´re always silly, every time someone arrives we say “hi [name of person], good morning” then we all say it. It's just silly and funny.
I’m just waiting for Troy Bolton to appears and start singing
CHURCH WITH JULIA
Every Monday I go to Julia's house because she loves me and can't live without me. Just kidding but she does actually love me. After school I go to her house to eat her food, and do things like play with her cute little sister, be weird with her mom, teach Layla and Julia how to play chess and a lot of funny things. I really enjoy every second that I spend there. After the dinner we go to the church and play games, we learn about the bible and God, and then we eat more food.
Julia is pretty awesome, I really like her, she is so funny and weird, she is just great. I really appreciate everything that she is doing for me, I hope we're still being friends after this semester and even if she doesn’t want to, I’m going to her house and say, “hey, love me”. Anyways, I’m starting to spend a lot of time with her and her family and they are really cool. Actually her mom “adopted” me the first day I was at her house, so I have another mom. Mommy if you’re reading this is a joke, I love you.
In the church I’m learning a lot and having fun at the same time, the guys are awesome, before every lesson we play something and the beginning I was the lazy girl that never wants to play, but now I'm excited!
Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for whatever you want; spending time with your family, eating lots of food. It´s insane how much food they make for thanksgiving. Do you know what’s better that one thanksgiving dinner? two thanksgiving dinners. I’m really thankful for the opportunity to have this experience; I’m never going to be the same person I was before I came to Nova Scotia. Mom and Dad, thanks for believing in me and letting me have this experience, I’m going to make you proud of me, see you soon.
Thanksgiving dinner at Laura Lee friends
Thanksgiving with Theresa mom, Cecilia
We went camping at Maggie’s house and maybe it was a little crazy, it was so cold. We went there, had hamburgers and hot dogs for supper, then we played darts and I’m an expert (haha not really) but Santigo and Yuki are really good. Then we play guitar hero or something like that and we ate again but this time we had pizza. We had a huge fire and lots of s’mores (too sweet if you ask for my opinion). WE HAD FIREWORKS, it was amazing. Maggie’s mom wanted to surprise us and she totally did. We were playing all night but we were falling asleep one by one, I remember we were playing quietly in the floor because some of the guys were sleeping and the next thing I remember is that I wake up in the floor with all the guys. WE SLEPT IN THE FLOOR! Can you believe that?
A night I am never going to forget
CORN MAZE WITH THE GUYS FORM HANTS EAST
We went to a corn maze. The day before we went it was raining, so we were thinking that maybe we were going to do something different, but no. Anyways, it was amazing. Thanks Hannah, you’re the reason we survived. She is really good reading maps.
We ate lunch there and hung out more with the guys from Hants East that we met at the Orientation. We played all the games there. All of them looked easy but oh my god it was really hard. We did it anyways.
After we went to a mall, in the bus I met Tyler. He is from Nova Scotia and he had lots of fun last year with the exchange students so this year he wants to be involved so he was being a volunteer. One thing that I’m never going to forget about that day is that Jorge was playing with my hair (like always) and I told him to stop, but he just keep playing, so I screamed at him and he was crying. (He is in drama class and a good actor) so everyone was like “What happened?” “Why did you make Jorge cry?” It was just funny because he was pretending.
I love this guys
We had a Halloween dance at SCA and it was funny. Everyone wearing costumes, having fun, dancing, singing (screaming), there’s a huge difference between it and the parties we have in Mexico, but it’s still really cool.
The next day we had a party at Julia’s and I WAS A TACO. That makes me so happy. We went into the woods and they tried to scares us. The first time I wasn’t scared, but the second time Kierra stopped me for like five minutes and I got lost. I was trying to follow the noise and almost at the end a guy jumped from nowhere and scared me. (And then she screamed really loudly and we all heard her and laughed ~Julia)
It was amazing
TRICK OR TREAT
I never imagined how fun going trick or treating is. Even when it’s cold you don’t feel it because you’re having so much fun. One lady was dressed like a witch and she was insane. She knows how to act a lot like a witch. Ga-yeon was really scared.
This lady was amazing
Best house ever