As my first semester of university came to an end, I can confidently say that I have learned a lot from these past few months and grown tremendously as a person. It was very challenging time but I see how much I have changed myself from the last September.

First of all, the key point to finish a semester with good grades is systematicity and hard-work. I have never seen more motivated and hard-working students before, as I see here in Canada. They are very smart, hard-working and they always do their best on assignments and exams. It is extremely motivational because when I look at them I want to be as good as they are. As the University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual university in the world, mostly all of students are bilingual and they are taking some courses in English and some in French. I can also say that I have improved my French  skills a little bit, as the all informations are given in French and English. Also I have some friends from France who are also on the exchange and in the first semester I used to live in Gatineau – the other side of Ottawa, which belongs to the Quebec province so I have met many “Quebecois”, and their first language was French.

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Dwi erioed wedi dathlu Diolchgarwch o’r blaen ond yn fuan roeddwn am ddarganfod allan. Deallaf eu bod yn amser lle mae’r teulu yn dod at ei gilydd am bryd o fwyd ac yn gwerthfawrogi’r hyn sydd ganddynt ond synnais ar y rhai oedd yn anymwybodol ein bod ni ddim yn dathlu hyn ym Mhrydain. Plannwyd fy nhad a finnau i deithio i Efrog Newydd gan fy mod ers talwm wedi torri bol o eisiau mynd yno. Roedd popeth wedi eu trefnu; yr awyren, y ticedi i fynd i Broadway, y bws, hyd yn oed y brecwast. Gwyddant fod Buffalo wedi bod o dan wyth troedfedd o eira ond ni feddyliwyd y byddwn am gael ein heffeithio gan ddaw i Manhattan roeddent yn trafeili. Continue reading

I have never celebrated Thanksgiving before, but I was soon to find out.

I was told that it’s when families get together for food and appreciating everything they have though I was surprised to hear how some were unaware that we don’t celebrate this event in the UK.

My Dad and I planned to go to New York as it’s a place that I’d always wanted to go. Everything was sorted; the flights, Broadway tickets, the bus, even breakfast. Every tiny little detail was organised. We knew that Buffalo had some series weather concern; being under 8ft of snow but we didn’t think we would be affected as we were traveling to Manhattan.

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Is it really another Thursday already? The time flies, but here we go. I have the third edition of Expectations vs reality about the exchange program in USA. I would like to hear some feedback, if you want me to continue with this type of posts or rather not 😛

Today I’m going to talk about HUGE American holiday that happened last week, the one and only THANKSGIVING! It is so important that even my dorms got closed and I became homeless…. Continue reading

Winter has finally arrived in Ottawa!IMG_1212

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At the moment I`m enjoying the weather here, because it is not much colder than the winters I am used to back home in Germany. But, the winter starts and the snow arrives much earlier here than I`m used to! I’m already wearing my thick winter clothes, so it’s going to be interesting to experience Ottawa’s extreme winter weather later on which is apparently often more than -30C! Continue reading

Sorry for a long delay! It’s been a crazy time. 🙂

I have exams every week. Sounds scary, but if I focus during classes I don’t have to revise much. Ufff, love my memory!

Ok, so I can say that my life here is pretty much a good comedy 🙂 So many funny things happened that I sometimes wonder if it’s even real.
I’ve also joined the Western Horse Riding Team. I had to dress like a real cowboy and actually ride a horse in a show. I managed not to fall off, so I felt like a winner. haha The funny things happen also in the Vet Hospital. Most recently I was walking a dog from a medical ward to the examination room and he managed to escape…yes, I had to chase him through all of these corridors and everyone was looking at me. So embarrassing!! hahah  Continue reading

Dwi wastad wedi hoffi’r syniad o drafeili ond byth wedi gallu chwilio’r amser i wneud, tan nawr. Fyddwn yn siomedig petaswn yn gadael yma heb fynd i weld unlle arall a fydd yr adeg yma o’r gwyliau yn amser gwych i fynd i lefydd na fyddwn wedi mynd os na fyddwn wedi mynd i astudio tramor.

Penderfynodd fy nain a fy nhaid i ddod i’m gweld i, felly fe logwyd gar a theithiom tuag at Ogledd Ddwyrain. Fe hedfanwyd i Fichigan yng nghyntaf i weld perthynas ac yna ddaethant i Bowling Green ar ddydd Mercher ac aros y noson mewn gwesty gyferbyn y campws. Mewn fflat hen bobl mae cyfnither i Nain yn byw ac fe arhoswyd nhw yno mewn fflat ar gyfer ymwelwyr, ond oriau iddyn nhw gyrraedd dyma dân yn dechrau tua pum drws i lawr ac fe orfododd i’r berthynas adael ei fflat am gwbl o ddiwrnodau, ac roedd hynny yn hynod o anffodus.

Cerddom lawr i ganol dref ac aethom am baned yn Panera cyn cerdded tuag at Chamber of Commerce gan obeithio y byddent fedru rhoi cyfarwyddiadau gogyfer ein siwrne. Fe brintiwyd map i ni ac fe ymchwiliwyd mewn i ardal Amish oherwydd soniwyd bod gennym ddiddordeb i ymweld a. Daeth Cyfarwyddwr y busnes allan o’i swyddfa ac wrth gwrs roeddent nhw gyd yn medru dweud nad oeddent o America oherwydd yr acen. Fe atebon gan ddweud y bod ni o Gymru yn nhref Aberystwyth a bod Nain a Taid wedi dod i ymweld â fi yn ystod y gwyliau ‘Fall’ a fy mod i yn fyfyrwyr yma yn Bowling Green fel myfyrwraig cyfnewid. Fe newidiodd ei hwyneb yn syth, roedd hi’n ymddangos fel ei bod hi wedi synnu. Fe ddysgom wrthi fod ei mab hi wedi gwneud yr union yr un peth ond y ffordd arall ryw bum mlynedd yn ôl. Dywedodd hi fod ei mab wedi astudio yn Aberystwyth am flwyddyn i fod yn ddoctor yn Aberystwyth a’i bod wedi dwli ar y lle.

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I’ve always loved the idea of going travelling but never have found the time. Now I’m in America, it will be sad if I left here without visiting other states or cities and fall break will be an excellent time to go to places that I would never of gone if I hadn’t decide to study abroad.

My grandparents decided that they wanted to come and visit me so we hired a car and traveled up North East. They flew to Michigan first to see a relative and then on Wednesday they came down to Bowling Green and stayed at a hotel for the first night. My grandmother’s cousin, Sue, lives at an old people’s apartment which had a flat that visitor’s could stay, but soon after they arrived, a fire broke out in an apartment; five doors down so she had to evacuate for several days which was very unfortunate.

I took them to Main Street and we stopped at ‘Panera’s bread’ for some tea before heading towards Chamber of Commerce in the hope they could help us with directions for our journey. They printed the directions and the instructions for each destination as well as information about an Amish village, which we mentioned that we would like to visit. The Executive Director then came out from the back office and obviously by our accent they all knew that we weren’t from here. We replied by saying that we are from Wales; in a town called Aberystwyth and that my grandparents were visiting me as it was fall break and that I’m currently studying abroad. Her faced suddenly changed, she seemed so surprise and we learnt that her son did the same but reverse about five years ago. She said that he came to Aberystwyth to study as a doctor and he’d absolutely loved the place.

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