I know that it has been quite a while since I have blogged, and I am so sorry about that. I have had quite a few papers that I needed to get done and there are only two weeks left of classes, so things are beginning to get pretty hectic around here. Last Thursday (the 7th) was my last day of class before my long weekend. That night, it was pouring down rain and I was in the food hall eating, when American Steve started talking about skateboarding. I told him he would have to teach me sometime and the next thing I knew, I was putting on my rain boots and rain jacket and running outside to skate. It was so much fun! By the time we were finished there were at least 6 or 7 very wet people out in the parking lot laughing and attempting to skateboard. Before we started, American Steve said that this is something that I will never regret or forget, and he was totally right!
Classes were dismissed until Tuesday of this week due to Remembrance Day. It was a nice weekend to catch up with old friends, do school work, and have some fun around the town. Since most people who go to UPEI live on the island the majority of the campus and residence halls were empty. It was kind of weird to not hear at least one person walking or talking at every point throughout the day.
I was told by Karen on Thursday that there was a package for me in the residence office, but by the time I got there, it was closed. So on Friday morning I went and picked it up. It ended up being from some of my super close friends, Kylar and MiLeah. Inside was some super cute room decorations along with cards from both of them! I was so happy to be able to get letters from them and I absolutely loved all the decorations! I ended up putting them up immediately and they look great! It was such a good way to begin my day and to be able to hear from my friends. Thank you so much, Kylar and MiLeah for the great package! I loved it all!
The amazing decorations from Kylar and MiLeah
That afternoon, Kate and I went and played Bingo with the patients at Hillsborough Hospital. We had such a fun time! Everyone there is hardcore bingo players and it was really funny to watch them be so serious about winning. It was also nice to see them out of the unit that they are usually in and having fun.
That night, Karen, Via and I decided to dress up and go downtown to have a nice dinner. Robyn was at home for the weekend so it was just the three of us. After walking up and down the streets of downtown, ended up eating at a sushi restaurant called Ta-ke. It was absolutely amazing! All of the food was so fresh! Via and I split some sushi and then we both ordered a main dish for ourselves. I could have sat there all night and ate. Once we were finished, we headed back to the bus stop only to find out that we had missed the last bus. So, we ended up having to catch a cab back to the University. Even with the couple of glitches that we had, it was such a great night!
The inside of the restaurant was so cute!
Some of the photos on the wall of the restaurant.
“Push the button when you’re ready to order.”
Mastering the chop sticks.
The sushi Via and I split.
My main dish: salmon teriyaki.
Via’s main dish: tempura udon
On saturday, Karen, Kate, Via and I want downtown to a Christmas Fair in the Confederation Center. This was where many island craftsmen come and sell their pottery, paintings, sculptures and whatever else for the holidays. Some of the people were even painting and working on a pottery wheel throughout the day. It was really neat to see all of the handmade items from the island and to see how each one incorporated a pice of the island into their artwork.
On Sunday, Via and I woke up and looked outside to see snow. It was not very much, but it was still enough to make us excited. We both threw on some shoes and a coat and went outside to take pictures. Unfortunately, both of us forgot to bring our room key so we ended up being locked out of the building. Luckily, there is a waiting area that you are able to get into without a key and there is a phone inside to call security if you get locked out.
The snow when first walking out of the dorm.
The square with a tiny bit of snow.
Via with her Mexican blanket outside. She doesn’t like the cold, at all.
Monday was Remembrance Day. It is kind of like Veterans Day in the United States. Every city in Canada has a Remembrance Day Ceremony to honor the veterans and the soldiers that are still in war today, along with their family members. I went to the Charlottetown ceremony. It was a rainy cold day, but there was still a large amount of people there. I later learned that everyone either goes to the ceremony or watches it on the television. To pay honor, everyone wears red poppies on their left side. During the ceremony, soldiers and family members lay wreaths on a war memorial to commemorate those who were lost in battle. This was such a beautiful thing to be able to experience. It is amazing to see how everyone here is so appreciative of what soldiers have sacrificed in order for freedom.
The poppy wreaths around the war memorial. (This picture was taken at a later date because it is considered rude to take pictures during the ceremony.)
Tuesday was a homework day for everyone. We had such a long weekend that it was time for everyone to relax and do the homework that they said they were going to do all weekend long. Robyn also came back home, so it was really exciting to see her and to be able to hear how her weekend went.
On Wednesday, Via turned 19! American Steve and I ended up taking her out for pizza at midnight on Tuesday in order to celebrate. While we were gone, Robyn, Jon, Dale, Andrew and Chad decorated Via’s room for a surprise birthday party. I ended up having to stall when we got back because the room wasn’t finished decorating, so we went and searched for my “lost” earring in the lounge. It was really fun to be able to surprise Via and she had no idea anything was going on.
American Steve, Via and I at the pizza parlor.
Via’s room decorated.
Via’s card. She deemed it “the best card she has ever gotten.”
This Friday, Robyn and I went curling with the international students. Robyn has curled before but no one else ever had, so it was really fun to be able to learn how to curl together. I had a blast and met some great people while there. Robyn and I decided that we were going to have to get a team together and go back to the curling club and play a real game.
The curling rocks.
The curling rink.
Me in action.
Robyn and I after curling! It was such a blast!
There are only two weeks of classes left before dead week and then finals. It is so crazy to think how quickly these past couple of weeks went past. I feel like these last few weeks are going to go by even quicker.
Funny photo of the blog:
Via loves One Direction so we ended up hanging a poster above her bed for her birthday.