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Feeling like a Canadian

Hi everyone, I’m Sera and this is my 6th month in Canada. I really felt like a Canadian this month. For the first time I shoveled snow ! It was exhausting. The snow was up to my knees. My host family has a snow blower, but the snow was just too high so we had to shovel. But I get to build my first snowman!! It was wet and cold; still, it was worth it. I named him “Bob”. I know it’s not creative, but I like it. He had a “Bob” look to him. Anyway, he only survived for 2 weeks.(RIP Bob)

I am also getting better at snowboarding and ice skating. I can actually go down the big hill now!! At first I was so afraid to go down but my friends encouraged me and helped me a lot. So I went down. Well I fell like 7 times, and went down in 15 minutes. I didn’t give up and I kept going down. And now, I can go down without falling. I’m so happy. No more bruses!!
This is me and my friend going up on the chairlift.

I wasn’t really keen on ice skating because I’m a very clumsy person, and I believed that I would break my ankle. That never happened(so far), but I got rid of my fear and I tried it . I didn’t fall but it was really hard. Also, my host family bought me skates for my birthday. So now I can go ice skating more often and practice.
The only problem was that I was missing my country and my family. So me and my turkish friends planned to go to a turkish restaurant in Halifax. We were only 4 peolpe at the start. And then one of my friends said that there was another group going to do the same thing. So we decided to gather up. Honestly, I didn’t know who they were. I was a bit shy at first but they were really good people and I had so much fun that day. I’m glad that we met and now I feel much better.

I’m meeting new people every day. I went to a birthday party that was for an international student that I didn’t really know well. So I was nervous a little. I did have friends in common, but most were people that I didn’t know well. It was fun. I know have new friends and I’m not as shy as I used to be.

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===Hey everyone. I’m Sera, and this is my 5th month in Canada. I am half way through. It was a busy month. First of all, I went to a ski hill with the international students. I met lots of new people there. Especially when I was taking snowboarding lessons there were a few that couldn’t snowboard or it was their first time. I had so much fun there. But the most important thing is that now I can SNOWBOARD. Well, I’m still on the bunny hill, but I can still do it. I just need a little bit of practise that’s all !! Anyway, after a day full of snowboarding and falling, I couldn’t walk properly for a few days. But it was worth it.===

Secondly, this month I had a few friends leaving. It was hard to leave them, but we promised to see each other again. One of them was leaving soon, so we organised a supper with my friends for him. Took lots of photos and had lots of fun. And then it was time for the others to leave too. So we were going to plan something for them. But a few days later we learned that the ambassador students had a surprise for us. They had organised a small party for us. There were games and snacks. We danced, laughed, and played games. It was so much fun, and a good way to say goodbye. I had to say goodbye to my host sister too. We spent a lot of time together and she was leaving on my birthday!! So we celebrated my birthday a day earlier with her. My host family bought me a cake too. We had a cake fight. The cake was pretty good but I didn’t like the part when it was on my face. Anyway, it was my first birthday without my family. but I really had fun. The next day I said goodbye to my host sister. İt was hard but we still keep in contact .


Another big thing this month is that I met my new host sister and new international students. I love meeting neew people from around the world. Now, I have friends freinds from everywhere!!

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Blog #5 by Sohrab Ayan


A very happy new year everybody! This is my fifth blog about my fifth month here in Canada.
A lot of other great people had to leave us this month and I just want to take a moment to wish them all the best in their lives and that it was a pleasure to meet them all! Hope that everybody had a great semester.

Polar Bear Dip
One of my resolutions for this year was to become braver and I think I did a good start. The first thing I did on the very first day this month was the Polar Bear Dip a very traditional thing here in Canada at New Years Day! Jumping into the ice cold water here at the St.Mary's river. Me and my host mother Tonya were brave (or crazy) enough to do this and without any toe-touching the water we just ran into the water and it was super funny. I have to admit that I expected the water to be colder than it was but our feet were still freezing afterwards. We left the car running and jumped into the car right after we came out of the water. Such a great moment.


New family member
Yes, for the new year we got a new family member as well, It's our beloved cat William. He is some sassy sometimes but he is an amazing cat. Away from his old home he came to us. It sounds weird but I saw myself in this cat. But it didn't take him long to feel like home and is now a full member of this family and I'm really happy with him having here. :)


Sugar Moon Farm
One day we went to the so called "Sugar Moon Farm". It is a maple syrup farm and because I had to do a project about maple syrup it was just perfect to go there. First of all we had an awesome breakfast and almost everything that was on the table had to do with maple syrup!
I had some pancakes with maple whipping cream and an iced-maple tea. Oh, and some awesome bisquits with maple butter!


Afterwards I had a tour and they told us a lot about maple syrup production. It was really interesting and I was suprised when I saw that the sap of the trees they use for the maple syrup looks just like water and after boiling it it turns into the colour we know.
But that wasn't all we did. After the tour we went hiking along the Rogar Mountain Trail. It was a really long trail but it we had a perfect weather and it was such a beautiful trail!



Another big thing this month were the exams. I had to write two exams in English and in Mathematics about all the stuff we did this semester. I have to say that I expected them much harder but it was fine. After a semester of school I can definiteley say that school in English became much easier for me now and that I don't even feel like an international student anymore. I'm looking forward to the new subjects I get next semester and how the next semester will look like.

As I said at the beginning we had to say Goodbye to some of the international students that stayed until the end of this month. We had a ski trip with our region and had a lot of fun but afterwards we had a big meeting with all the students and ambassadors that came and we had so say goodbye to them. We had some cake and tears....



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Hola, mi nombre es Rosa, tengo 17 años y quiero compartir mi experincia viviendo en Canadá, esta vez les cuento sobre las actividades de invierno.

Polar Bear Dip 2017
El 1º de Enero las personas saltan al helado Océano Atlántico, también donan a Feed Nova Scotia. Cada año en Herring Cove organizan el Polar Bear Dip para mantener viva la tradición y recaudar dinero por parte de las personas que brincan. En el Dip estaba un hombre de 82 años y el ha brincado por 20 años; es mi héroe.

Con mis amigos fuimos a Herring Cove a registrarnos. Incluso cuando fuimos temprano, había un montón de gente. Esperamos por horas y podía sentir la emoción recorrer mis venas. Después de cada segundo me emocionaba más, pero 10 personas antes de mi número (Era el número 89), el nerviosismo tomo el lugar de la emoción que estaba sintiendo. Diez personas después, era mi turno. Estaba temblando y no porque tuviera frío, era porque estaba nerviosa. Me acerqué a la orilla y lo único que pensaba era “¿por qué estoy aquí?” Me decía a mi misma lo mismo que el señor nos dijo “no lo pienses, sólo brinca”. Lo hice. Deje de pensar y brinqué. No soy capaz de explicar lo que sentí por que no sentía nada. Sabía que estaba viva porque veía a todos celebrando y estaba respirando, así fue como supe que seguía viva. Cuando vas caminando para ir cambiarte de ropa, tu cuerpo emepieza a entrar en calor y te vas acostumbrando al frío, pero el dolor que sientes en los dedos, en los pies y en todo el cuerpo es inexplicable.

El Polar Bear Dip es una experiencia que puedes contar muchas veces y se va a escuchar loco, pero tienes que experimentarlo para saber lo genial que es. Toda la emoción que viene con el salto, todas las personas divirtiéndose. No hay mejor manera de empezar el año que saltándo al agua helada.

Después de saltar al agua fría

Tim Hortons
Aprendí algo en Canadá; nunca hace demasiado frío para un ice capp. No importa el clima, siempre hay tiempo para ir a Tims por café, té o chocolate caliente.
Tal vez tengo una adicción con tims

Vi la nieve por primera vez en Nova Scotia. La manera en que la nieve me hace sentir es asombrosa, es hermoso. Los arboles llenos de nieve, ir por un paseo y ver todo cubierto de nieve, es asombroso.

Para las guerras de bolas de nieve se necesita más energía de lo que parece y agarrar la nieve es más difícil que lo que las personas piensan.

Correr afuera de la casa a jugar con la nieve en pijamas es una de las mejores experiencias de mi vida, y no se trata de estar loco, se trata de tener recuerdos con tus amigos.

Deslizarse en la nieve; la forma en que el viento te golpea en la cara te hace sentir vivo.

Ángeles de nieve; siempre pensé que era fácil. Estaba equivocada, te toma tiempo y esfuerzo, porque es difícil mover la nieve sin arruinar el ángel. Pero es divertido.

Está podría ser la peor de todas. NI SIQUIERA PUEDO PARARME CON LOS PATINES! Es realmente difícil y cuando vi a Hannah hacerlo realmente fácil me hizo pensar ¿cómo lo hace? Pero ella me dijo que estaba como yo en su primera vez, así que supongo sólo debo seguir practicando.

Chamarras, guantes, gorros y temperaturas en los números negativos
Buenas noticias, ya estuvimos a -21º y sigo viva. Algunos días tengo que usar dos pares de pantalones, una playera, un suéter, una chamarra, guantes, un gorro y dos pares de calcetines; pero no hay nada que la ropa adecuada no pueda controlar. Después del Polar Bear Dip nunca me voy a quejar del frío pero vestirse para ir a la escuela es un reto cada mañana.

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Hi, my name is Rosa, I'm 17 years old and I want to share my whole experience living in Canada, this post is about winter activities.

Polar Bear Dip 2017
On the 1st of January people jumped in the freezing water of the Atlantic Ocean, also donating money to Feed Nova Scotia. Every year in Herring Cove, they organized the Polar Bear Dip to keep the tradition alive and raise money from the crazy jumpers. At the Dip there was a man who is 82 years old and has been jumping for 20 years; he is my hero

With my friends we went to Herring Cove for the registration. Even though we went early a lot of people where there already. We waited for hours and I was feeling the emotion going through my veins. After every second I was getting more excited, but when there were just 10 people before my number (I was number 89), the nervousness took the place of all the emotion I was feeling. Ten people later, it was my turn. I was shaking and not because I was cold, it was because I was nervous. I went to the waterfront and the only thing that was on my mind was “why am I here?” I was telling to myself the same thing that the old man told us, “don't think about it, just jump”. I did. I stopped thinking and I jumped. I'm not able to explain what I felt because I wasn't feeling anything. I knew I was alive because I was seeing everyone cheering and I was breathing, that was the only way I knew I was alive. When you are walking to get your clothes change, your body starts getting warm and you get used to the cold, but the pain that you feel in your fingers, feet and all your body in unbelievable.

The Polar Bear Dip is an experience that you can tell tons of times and it's going to sound crazy, but you have to experience it to know how great it is. All the emotion that comes with the jump, all the people having fun. There is no better way to start a new year than jumping in the freezing water.

After we jumped in the freezing water

Tim Hortons
I learned something in Canada; it’s never too cold for an ice capp. It doesn't matter what the weather is like, there is always time to go to Tims for coffee, tea or hot chocolate too.
I might have an addiction with tims

I saw snow for the first time in Nova Scotia. The way the snow makes me feel is amazing, it’s just beautiful. The trees full of snow, going for a walk and see everything cover with snow, its amazing.

The snowball fights take more energy that what it looks like and holding the snow is more difficult that what people think.

Running outside to play in the snow just wearing pjs is one of the most amazing experiences in my life, and it's not about being crazy is about making memories with your friends.

Snow sledding; the way the air hits your face makes you feel alive.

Snow angels; I always thought it was really easy. I was wrong, it takes time and effort, because it's hard to move the snow without messing up the angel. It’s fun though.

This one might be worst one. I CAN'T EVEN STAND WITH THE SKATES! It's really hard and I saw Hannah doing it really easy and that makes me wonder how does she do it? But she said she was just like me in her first time, so I guess I just need to keep practicing.

Jackets, gloves, winter hats and temperatures in the negatives numbers
Good news, we went already to -21 and I’m still alive. Some days I need to wear two pairs of jeans, a shirt, a sweater, a jacket, gloves, a hat and two pairs of socks; but there's nothing that warm clothes can't handle. After the Polar Bear Dip I will never complain about the cold, but getting dress for the school is a challenge every morning.

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