So this is how I will be living this months in Canada. And no, I don't
have any curtains so I put up a blanket instead to seal my window.
And my towel is my favourite! Now when I have an extra mattress on
my bed, a shoe rack and somewhere to hang my coats, I have an okay
living for this months. I like it, the isolation could be way better though
and the floors are so freaking cold all the time but overall it's good.
Today was our second introduction activity (two weeks apart). I found it
kind of a shitty way to only have two meetings with the exchange students
and also with so many days apart. I prefer Swedish way all over in that
part. Anyway, we had some pizza and "name games" and overall a
cozy afternoon so I don't complain about that! Nice to see some new
faces also. I just imagined that it would be more foreigners here and more
activities together. Anyway, now I need to study the rest of the evening.
I have a paper to hand in tomorrow and still a lot of reading to do.
After three weeks without candy, my abstinence started to get really
bad, but today I finally was reunited with my candy! We got lucky
and met a really nice guy from our corridor that drove us to this big
store with "serve yourself" candy, nuts, chips, chocolate everything!
The candy wasn't the same as in Sweden though and it was hard to
know what to take because I didn't know how it tasted. Unfortunately
they didn't have any salty black liquorice.😔 I took a little bit from all the
black candy they had but it was only sweet liquorice which I
usually in Sweden find disgusting but here when I have been without
candy for so long, it went down also. When we came back from the
store, did we went to school again for: Meet a therapy dog section.
It was really nice to cuddle a little bit with dogs again but they
we're not at all as my Jaffa and my cats at home, I miss them and
the "real cuddling" so much! Then me and Ebba watched Lilo & Stitch
while eating candy. I don't know if it was the sugar from all the candy
or if the movie actually is really really funny but I got these hard
laughing-attacks during half the movie, laughing so I couldn't breath!
Yesterday night we explored the pub at the campus. It was a cozy
small place with good prices on drinks. My new favourite is by far the
Sex on the beach, it was delicious and dangerous because I couldn't
taste the alcohol at all so I even asked to make it stronger and it still
didn't taste alcohol. So my night ended at 23.00 totally dead haha.
Tonight I slept so bad (probably from the alcohol), I woke up by
myself all the time. But at 12, I needed to get up from bed and
make something of this day also. I have been productive & studied,
and tomorrow I will go to the gym in the morning and then study
the whole day with Kajsa and Ebba. It's so difficult to know how
to handle my studying time now when I have different courses
going on in the same time. It's kind of hard to concentrate and I
manage to mix it all up. I guess I just need some adjusting-time.
First the ride back home the other day from the nice guys we met
in the store and today I experienced this polite, very nice deed from a
random guy again! I was going to buy one little thing to mop my floor
with but only had a limit of time before my bus went. So when I started
to feel stressed and there only was one guy before me in line with a lot
of stuffs, I kindly asked if it was possible for me to just pay my one
little thing. Then he told me that he will pay for it so I can run directly
to the bus! I had money in my hand so I told him how grateful I was and
begged him to take my money but he didn't want to. This is also
something that rarely happens in Sweden, Canadians are so nice.
We went to a volleyball game yesterday. The St Thomas team against
another university. The fun part was that we didn't have a clue who
the opponents was until after the game had ended. But our schools
team lost unfortunately. But it was a really fun atmosphere & everyone
was so cheerful! But they lost a lot of scores by shitty mistakes
in my opinion, they could have played in a smarter way. But still
fun to see how it's working here in Canada, I kind of miss to
play volleyball now with all sweet people in Sweden. But one thing
about this volleyball game though was that it took forever before
the game was over, because it was even so they needed to play
until one game won with two sets over the other.
Today I tried a fitness pass with Ebba and Kajsa. We were only
six people in total and the level was so easy. But I will still have
a lot of pain tomorrow! It's nice to just try something new.
Yesterday after school, me and Ebba went to the shopping mall for
indoor shoes for the gym. We both found what we were looking
for and I got lucky because the one I bought was on sale, so I
only paid like 500kr for a good pair of training shoes! After the
shoe store, did we went to Walmart again for some basic shopping.
I was looking for my black liquorice but couldn't find any so I asked
some guys and they gave me advice on another shop. One of the
guys had a pullover with the name of my school so we figured out
that we went to the same university. They were really nice and
helpful. Then me and Ebba continued our shopping but after a
while, we lost each other at the store. So I walked around and looked
for her when I saw the guy with the STU pullover again also looking
around after his friends. So we went together and looked and then
he offered me that me and Ebba could get a ride home with them
because he had a car and two seats left. So we didn't need to
take the bus back after our shopping, so nice of these guys!!!
The possibility that some random guys would offer me a ride home
in Sweden would be very very low, it's fun to compare and notice
how different it can be from one country to another.
Canadians really seems to like sugar and sweets. Every time I go
to the dining hall, they have cookies and muffins lined up as a
dessert. They even have a lot of sugar in the food! Yesterday I
ate beans and they were sweet and the yoghurt is very sweetened.
But the weird thing is, that I haven't find candy yet! And no black
liquorice, my favorite... I haven't had time to go to a real place
where they sell food though so maybe there is where it's hiding.
I crave some black liquorice and marabou chocolate.
Yesterday I explored the city of Fredericton. It is very small and
not really special but I probably haven't seen all yet either.
Later in the evening I went to ice hockey together with some
exchange students from UNB (another university close to mine).
I got to know a Finnish girl at the bus stop and then we went to
the hockey game together, really fun to get to know new people
in all sorts of ways. The UNB hockeyteam was leading with 4-0
when I went home (I needed to study so I left before the last period).
But it was nice, I like to watch hockey! And fun that our UNB team
won. A little bit boring that I don't know anyone in the team so
I really could cheer for someone, that makes it even more fun.