Waw! Mae dwy fis a bron tair wythnos wedi mynd. Dyna ddeuddeg wythnos ac ond chwech ar ôl. Dwi’n dymuno’r gallu i rewi bysau’r cloc neu ymestyn y diwrnodau yn hirach er mwyn gallu cymryd cam yn ôl o bopeth a phinsio fy hunan i sicrhau’r bod hwn yn wirioneddol yn digwydd. Does dim tamaid ohonof sydd yn difaru fy mhenderfyniad. Dwi’n dysgu sgiliau newydd a dwi’n dysgu mwy amdanaf; fel person. Dwi wedi dod yn llawer fwy cymhelliant ac yn gyrru fy hunan i wneud yn dda mewn beth bynnag.

Ers fy mlog diwethaf dwi wedi bod i weld fy ngem gyntaf o hoci iâ gyda’r teulu America ond rhan fwyaf o’r amser doedd gennai ddim cliw o beth oedd yn mynd ymlaen gyda’r rheolau a pam bod rhaid i’r myfyrwyr sefyll i fyny i wylio’r gêm a chydio mewn papur newydd o flaen eu hwynebau pan gyflwynid y chwaraeir o’r tîm arall. Parwyd y gêm am awr; ugain munud ar y tro gyda chwarter awr o frêc rhyngddynt lle fyddai’r merched yn gwneud ryw berfformiad ddawns ac yna ddaeth Freddie a Frieda, y masgotiaid, i sglefrio o gwmpas a chodi llaw ar bawb. Yn yr egwyl ddiwethaf ddaethant a darn o bren oedd yn ffitio tu fewn i’r gôl lle oedd angen anelu’r ddisg ddu mewn i un o dri thwll er mwyn ennill rhestr ddiddiwedd o fwyd. Yn anffodus fe fethodd. Roedd yna hefyd egwyl pum munud yng nghanol y gêm lle’r oedd y plant iau yn dod ymlaen i gasglu unrhyw rew oedd wedi ymgasglu o amgylch y gôl.

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Wow! Two months and about three weeks have already gone. That’s twelve weeks and only six left. I wish I could freeze the fingers of the clock or stretch the days longer and take a step back; pinching myself to make sure that this is real. There’s not a single thought inside of me that regrets this decision. I’m learning new skills and I’m learning more about me; as a person. I’ve become more motivated and I’m thriving to do well whatever that might be.

Since my last blog I’ve been to my first ever Ice Hockey game with my host family but most of the time I hadn’t got a clue of what was going on with all these rules and why all the students had to stand up for the entire game and holding a newspaper to cover their faces when introduced the other players. The game lasted about an hour game but with twenty minutes played three times and a quarter of an hour break in between where these girls did figure skating then Freddie and Frieda (BG mascot) would come and skate around the arena; waving to everyone and after they brought a wooden cutout that fitted into the goal with three holes at the bottom where someone had to hit the puck in order to win their meal which was an endless list of fast food. Unlucky he didn’t get them. There was also five-minute brake where the younger children would come and clear any ice that collected by the goal.

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I have decided to come with this new format of posts, which will analyse and compare my expectations of American college life I had before arriving here (Bowling Green State University) and how they turned out. I think it can be very interesting to go back and see how ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ I was,  and furthermore how I culturally adapted to these differences.

My ever first post then will be on the Life in a dorm and Course work! Of course there are many pictures to illustrate things I will be talking about!

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Hi guys!

In the past couple of weeks such a lot has happened!

As you probably heard, there was a shooting in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 22nd, where a soldier was shot while he was on duty standing guard at the war memorial in the centre of Ottawa.

After shooting the soldier, the gunman went into the main Canadian Parliament building just a few 100 meters away. There was more shooting until a security guard finally shot the gunman.

While all this was happening, I was studying in the university library which is quite close to Parliament hill, when suddenly the library building, like all other public buildings in the area went into so called “lockdown” mode. Meaning, no one could get in or out. After a few nervous hours glued to the Web trying to find out what was happening outside, we were allowed to leave the library, but not allowed to go back in again. When we got out of the library all the shops were shut, and the busses weren`t running through the city centre anymore. It was a very sad day for this peaceful city. 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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Wow! So many things have happened since I last blogged.

As I mentioned last time, the Canadian students are always very hard working.  When we (them and now me too!) are not in lectures, we are all in the library studying hard. I’ve already had 3 midterms and there are more coming up soon.

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Time is passing so quickly and lots of things are happening here. I have already had two midterms which went… I have no idea how, I am still waiting for the results.  I am having a reading week now, but I have decided to stay in Ottawa, because even if I have no classes this week, I have three other exams next week and I have to study hard for them + I am busy with my work. (btw. Zoey visited New York City last week, so I am pretty sure she will post something nice here :D) Anyway,  I am also enjoying my time in Ottawa during the reading week. The weather was perfect till yesterday, so I was hiking a lot. Once with the people from the University, and many times by my own or with my host. You can  see some pictures below. Even if it looks like a recreational trip, there were many demanding and steep parts of trail where I had to climb and push myself to get to the top, like Waterfall Trail in Gatineau Park. It was worth the effort, because view from the top was absolutely breathtaking.

I hope all of you are having fun on your exchange and I am waiting for your posts as well ! I am going back to my assignments but I hope to be back soon 🙂

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Waterfall Trail, Gatineau Park.

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