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Lots of snow

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This past week we have had lots of fun making snowmen, throwing snowballs, making snow angels, eating snow, and diving into snow. The Canadians sure aren't impressed that it was so cold and snowy so early on, but we were pretty happy. We got the tail end of the snow storms in Buffalo that were all over the news, however our 20 centimetres or so of snow for the day didn't really compare to their 4 inches per HOUR!!

Last weekend I finally got around to checking out the downtown Farmers Market, which turned out to be really cute with lots of foods, crafts and jewellery. It was a good little place for souvenirs. We also took in the annual Guelph Santa Claus Parade, despite our feet almost dropping off due to standing in the cold for far to long, and my concerns I had developed frostbite because I couldn't feel half of each for foot for about an hour after coming inside. However the parade was great! And it was so cute watching all the kids bundled up in layers of clothing, barely able to move.

Exams start this week! And it is only 18 days until I get on a flight back to Australia. We had an international student break up on Friday night, and looking back at some of the photos of orientation it feels like a lifetime ago that we all arrived in Guelph. But at the same time I can't believe how quickly the time to go home has come around. Planning to get exams and the rest of assignments out of the way so we can just enjoy the rest of time in this beautiful country with each other!

I have uploaded some photos, sorry about the bad quality as they were taken on my phone.

xx

Posted by georgiaodgers 20:35 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

Halloween & Snow

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It has been a few weeks since the last update...

October 31st was Halloween. They are absolutely nuts for it over here. A few days before, the Centre for International Programs at the university hosted a 'How to Halloween' evening, we got to carve pumpkins and eat candy. I went as a vampire, not overly creative, but that is what happens when you buy your costume a day before and most places are pretty much sold out. It was a fun night, and interesting to see the efforts people put into a costume. I think the most exciting part of the night was that Guelph had its first snow. I don't think there was one Aussie exchange student left inside the Halloween party at the mention that it was snowing outside. The next day we woke up and watched in disappointment as it quickly melted off the roof and ground.

The days passed, and every week there would be prediction for snow. But it just never came.

But this week, on Wednesday night, it finally snowed. And on Thursday. And today. And its meant to all week! It is cold. Not getting above 0 degrees throughout the day. The wind chill factor here is high, so when it says 0 degrees, it actually feels like -6. Your iPhone whether will prove this to you. When my ears and fingers started feeling like they were about to drop off, I decided I should by a beanie and gloves. It is hard to imagine that this isn't even as bad as it gets here (-39 in January, no thanks!). On Monday we had a lovely 10 degree day, I was actually ready to pull out the shorts it was that warm, so I think I am slowly adjusting.

xxx

Posted by georgiaodgers 14:24 Archived in Canada Tagged snow canada cold guelph Comments (0)

Back to Canada

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After New York, Kasey and I flew back to Toronto and came back to Guelph. We enjoyed a few days of quite time, while I did some exams. On Wednesday we headed to Niagara Falls, which was just as amazing the second time, especially as the weather made the Falls look different. We went out on the boat that takes you up to the Falls, and then did the Journey Behind the Falls. This is a place where they have built tunnels so you can look at and hear the water gushing down, from behind the actual Niagara Falls. We also visited the beautiful butterfly conservatory :)

The next day we headed to Toronto to meet up with one of Kasey's friends Jessica, who is also on exchange in Canada. We visited the Ripley's Aquarium, which was so awesome! It was really different to the Melbourne Aquarium. While it had all the usual fish like Nemo and Dory, it also had some many weird and unusual marine life. Like huge crabs and lobsters, potato cod and cool sharks. We then had dinner up the CN Tower on the revolving restaurant. This was especially amazing, as our reservation was for 5pm meaning we got to view Toronto at day time, and night time. The day had beautiful weather, so we could see really far and everything was so clear!

Yesterday I saw Kasey off at the airport, which was strange because I felt like I should have been coming back home too! But it was so great to catch up after not seeing each other for 2 months, and we have so many amazing memories!

P.S Snow is now predicted for November 1st, and Halloween is next weekend .

xx

Posted by georgiaodgers 09:53 Archived in Canada Tagged airport toronto niagara_falls canada cn_tower aquarium aussie_abroad Comments (0)

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