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December 2018

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

2 °C

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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