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Niagara Falls

semi-overcast 24 °C

On Saturday the university took the international students on a trip to Niagara Falls (about 1.5 hours from uni). First of all we stopped in the small town of Niagara to have a look through the shops and get something to eat. While we were here there was a street procession for a polo game that was to be played later that day. Men were dressed up and playing the bagpipes, riding horses or driving their Ferraris. We then went on to the falls, Bridal Veil Falls is on the American side, and Horseshoe Falls is on the Canadian side (this is the one known as Niagara Falls). We took a boat out that took us right up to both of the falls, and got saturated! While I wouldn't really describe it as beautiful, it was more incredible as to just how amazing the power of nature is. Over one million bath tubs full of water go over the side of the falls every second. We walked right around to where the water actually goes over the edge, it was crazy to see how calm it is all flowing until it goes over the edge. The town had a bit of a cheesy 'Las Vegas' feel to it, which I wasn't really expecting. There is casinos, and streets filled with amusement rides, with places like Ripley's Believe It or Not, and Guinness World Book of Records Museum. Will be a fun place to go back to and check out again :)

I finally got all my classes sorted out, which was a big relief! They have very strange times here, with classes starting at 8am and running until 10pm.

I also had an experience at the supermarket when I found out Canada sells milk in bags... You buy a jug, and then when you need milk, you go and buy a bag of milk. Very strange. Thankfully cartons are available, you just pay a bit more, I was worried about splitting a bag of milk on the walk/bus home from the supermarket.

I am uploading photos from my Rockies tour today, my camera cord isn't working so I had to get a SD card reader. Unfortunately some of them seem to look a little blurry once they are uploaded to the blog, not sure what the reason for that is..

xx

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Pep Rally

sunny 30 °C

On Tuesday I went to my first pep rally. This involves a huge group of students gathering together to create excitement for upcoming football matches, in our case the Guelph Gryphons! Each residence community had to learn a dance routine to perform in front of the other residences, as well as this we learnt school and residence chants (this involved 2 hours of practice). Very unlike anything I have ever experienced! They get right into the school spirit here, everyone had face paint and signs, and were fully decked out in university colours and clothing. We also got to see the school cheerleaders perform some routines.

Today I had my first day of classes, and once again it is all very different. At the start we were told to put our laptops and phones away.. I felt like I was back in high school. Having some trouble trying to sort out subjects, as I have to have them approved in Australia, and then here by multiple people. Just as I thought they were sorted I had timetable clashes! Hopefully by tomorrow afternoon I can get it sorted :)

xx

Posted by georgiaodgers 14:45 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

My Address

rain 32 °C

If anyone feels like paying the bazillion dollars in postage, and wants to send me a letter or care package (looking at you Mother Bear)...

Georgia Odgers
Village Townhouses
PO BOX 340040
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Canada

And we have Cadbury's and TimTams available in supermarkets... but am craving a Caramello Koala and some milo :p

Posted by georgiaodgers 21:08 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

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