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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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Blog #6 by Sohrab Ayan

February

February

This is my sixth month here in Nova Scotia and it was a rough but also fun one.

Canadian Winter
This month I've experienced the entire magnitude of a Canadian winter. The roads were full of snow and all the houses were covered in white. Our little Sherbrooke turned into a Winter wonder land. I probably have never seen so much snow in my entire life.

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But snow has always advantages and disadvantages.
I think we can all agree at what the disadvantage could be.....yes, shoveling. But honestly, after all this time I'm actually really getting used to it and it has become a good exercise for me.

But when you are sitting inside during a snowy and frosty day and you are watching a movie and drinking a cup of hot chocolate, that is really one of the best things on earth!

Semi Dance
Every year there is a so called 'Semi Dance' that is not just a dance, but a formal one. Everybody has to dress up and I was really looking forward to this dance. I went there with some friends and all in all it was really fun and we had a nice night.

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Ice Skating & Hockey
Back in Germany I didn't skate a lot. And I have to admit my ice-skating skills were accordingly bad. But since I'm here I do lot more ice-skating and I am actually pretty proud of my progress so far. I am getting much better and the better I'll be the more fun it is!

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Besides that I actually played ice-hockey for the first time. We played it before in our Physical Activities class in school but that was just in the gym. It is a COMPLETELY different thing on ice. I have to admit that this is a really difficult sport, especially with my ice-skating skills. It was small court and everything just went so fast, we Germans couldn't keep up with the Canadians at all....
But it was fun and I hope that as soon as I'm getting better at the skating part, I could get better at playing hockey.

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New international students
At the end of the month they had an orientation weekend for the new international students that came for the second semester. At one point they had an activity where they invited the other international students to come, too. So we went to meet the new international students and watched games of the St.FX's "X-Men" and "X-Women" basketball team.

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Afterwards we had a little buffet and a party which was really fun because we got to know each other better and we also got to meet some of our other friends.

I am really excited for the second semester with all the new international students.

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