Red and Yellow – Black and Yellow

„Welcome to fall!“-our English teacher welcomed us one morning. And really everything here glows in red and yellow, the temperature can´t really decide whether it wants to be summer or early winter and it smells like St.Martin and Halloween outside. Life is still awesome and I did some great things the past weeks:

We started the new week with a lot of chocolate, Noelia and I found a brownie baking mix (-sooo delicious) and in Canadian History class we had to do models of a battlefield in WW1 and some students did that on huuuge chocolate cakes ;). During the week Noelia and I rode bikes to the Blue Mountains to  take some pictures. When we came back we had a bonfire with hot dogs and grilled peaches in the garden. Then the weekend came up and Noelia and I went to Yuri´s house in Wasaga Beach. In the evening we walked to the beach, which is the longest freshwater beach in the world, and to Timmi´s, watched a movie and played ice hockey table (instead of soccer table:P). The next morning we went to a Chinese restaurant for lunch and Yuri came back to our house. Her and I rode our bikes into Collingwood to buy some stuff and I messed the streets a little bit up so we went in the completely wrong direction and unfortunately it was freezing soo much. Finally back in the warm we watched even more tv and were so tired that we went to bed quite early. The next day after she was picked up by her host family, Dave taught me some tricks on the skateboard. It was a relaxing Sunday again.

The next week was pretty usual, we went to the movies on Tuesday with Alberto (from Chile) and Nathalie. Alberto really wanted to see this horror movie -Annabelle, I was pretty scared and Noelia couldn´t stop laughing, I hope we didn´t bother anybody but on the other hand the atmosphere in movie theatres here is so much more relaxed than in Germany. The rest of the week went by really fast with a lot of watching „Lost“ of course :P. Thursday was a football game with a pep rally and we all dressed up in black and yellow and did face painting.The game itself was ok, but no matter who I asked, nobody could tell me how football really works and it was freezing outside, so we went into the gym to watch the basketball game. Anyways, everybody was pretty excited about this whole day, the drumline was playing, someone was running around in an owl costume, because that´s the mascot of CCI and before the game everyone was dancing a certain dance, that was funny! Friday was the last day for Daniel and Ilham from Spain, so we went to the pizza place after school and had lots of fun there too ;). Last weekend it was thanksgiving (in the US thanksgiving is celebrated on another day, but the Canadians do it on the original day). Saturday our host parents took us to a town named Tobermory, where they closed their trailer for the winter while Noelia and I walked around the trailer park and the harbor. Then they went to a baptism in Owen Sound and we spent our time in the local Walmart. Sunday was just relaxing then. Monday morning we picked up Yuri at her house, went for some ice cream and Thom showed us the beach at daylight. At our house we were just hanging out and had a huge thanksgiving dinner with turkey, mashed squash, potatoes and many different kinds of pie. With full stomachs we fell into bed after driving Yuri home.

So Tuesday we were just sitting in Math class when the fire alarm started. We all thought it was just a drill again like the two times before in the past weeks. It was a little confusing though when firefighters in full amour entered the building. It was a real fire. Some grade 9´s burned toilet paper in the washroom -weird idea, eh? But the good thing was that we had no school for the rest of the day. We were also not allowed to enter the building for a while, so Luis, Alberto, Kaitlynn and me went with Nathalie to her house and afterwards to Dairy Queen until the busses arrived. I missed my bus though, because it always arrives earlier than it´s supposed to. So my hostmum Lynn picked me up. Unfortunately the fire was near the music rooms, so music class is a little bit difficult to do right now, doing theory in the cafeteria isnt´t that much fun 😛 I hope we can have band practice at least tomorrow! It´s funny somehow -burning the toilet, where did they get this idea?? 😀




How My Canadian Life Looks Like

So, live goes on here in the 2nd largest country of the world.

My school days mostly look like this: I get up, eat breakfast and all this usual stuff. Then Noelia and I walk up the street to the spot where our school bus picks us up. After a short ride we arrive at school where us international students spent the spare time with getting coffee at Tim Horton´s or …doing nothing. Then I go up to my grade 9 English class (I was able to change from the ESL-course to this one, which is more advanced). After singing the national anthem we write our journals and work on some projects. At the end of that period the school news are shown on TV and the bell ending the first period rings. I go down to music class, which is still the best! We practice scales :/ but also play cool songs like „Treasure“ and Gordon Goodwin pieces and it´s always soo much fun! And twice a week I´ve also got A-band practice (that´s during lunch or after school though). Then at lunch usually all the international students and some Canadians sit together in the cafeteria and afterwards we visit Tim Horton´s again or the Candy Factory. At 12:25pm I´ve got Maths (quite easy level, Maths in Germany is way harder) and in Canadian History we watch movies all the time. When school ends at 3pm, there´s more spare time to just hang out until the bus arrives at 3:40pm and takes us home.

Last Friday night there was a dance at school, which was kind of fun too, but us internationals didn´t really like or know the music. This night Yuri (from Japan) slept over at my house. The next day my host parents took Noelia and me to a church picnic, where we froze, but I discovered that Canada Dry Ginger Ale is the best soft drink of the world. The next week Noelia, Meri, Natalia (all Spanish) and I watched „If I stay“ (veery sad), Dave and I discovered that watching „Lost“ all night is fun and one morning all internationals went on a walk through Collingwood .At the weekend Sara, her host-parents and I went to Niagara, watched the falls and did a lot of shopping :D. The next week Yuri and I went to the movie theater to see „The Maze Runner“: On Wednesday was the Terry Fox Run which is where the whole school goes on a walk (some also run) and you donate money to cancer research. Terry Fox had cancer and wanted to run across Canada afterwards to draw attention to cancer, but then his disease came back and he died after he ran through approximately half of Canada. Our teacher cried when she told us the story. But the run was fun, we met Owen, who tried to talk German and Japanese? and the landscape was nice too :P. Last Friday our host parents took Noelia and me to a church dance. Here the music was way better but we didn´t know anybody (awkward…) until Thom introduced us to some people and at the end it was quite good.

Now here the leaves are turning red, yellow and orange and it just looks …wow! It is so nice here, everybody, who thinks about doing an exchange too, just do it! It´s worth the work you have to do to get here!

The First Week of School

Ok now guys, the first week of school is over and I have so much to tell you!

As I said my host family picked me up and we drove to Collingwood. There we ate dinner at the Smokey´s, which is a restaurant where everything you get is smoked, even the ice cream (ok, it´s not really smoked, but it´s with smoke flavor). It was the last night in Canada for my host sister Kate, the next morning we drove her to Toronto Airport from where she flew to Amsterdam to work as an Au Pair. At the airport we also picked up Noelia, who is from Spain and stays in my host family aswell for the next three months. Back at home, my host family looks like this: my host dad Thom, my host mum Lynn, their 24 year old daughter Christine, her fiance Julian from Switzerland, my 17 year old host brother David, Noelia from Spain and the dog Sterling. The next two days, Sunday and Monday (which was Labor day, means no school) I did nothing, except going to Walmart (the first time in my life!). On Tuesday, my 15th birthday, was the first day of school, but all international students of the Simcoe School District did  trip to Wye Marsh, which is some kind of national park. We learned about the dresscode, did canoeing, baked some native bread over a camp fire and saw owls and falcons. Us Germans had much fun with the Brazilian guys:). Back home my aunt (she lives in Canada too) visited me and brought me a present and a cake.I showed her my room (which is green and purple by the way) and we had a long talk. After her visit we had dinner and for desert birthday cupcakes and cake.

The next morning was my real first day of school. Noelia ans I waited in front of the guidance office to get our schedules. There was a huge line because everyone wanted to change courses. Fortunately we got in as one of the first and the women there told us to go to the ESL-course (English as second language). There we met all the other international students of Collingwood CI again (many Japanese and Spanish people, 1 boy from Chile, 1 girl from Brazil and me, the only one from Germany). First our teacher, Ms Bell, showed us the school and we got our lockers (:D). After this lesson we went into the guidance office and finally chose our couses and got the schedules. My first class is ESL of course, then I picked music, which is playing in a band every lesson :DDD, then Maths grade 11, because it´s much easier here in Canada at last and Canadian History. But the best thing about it is that I´ve got these classes now every day, means just four lessons per day. School starts at 8:45 am and ends at 3:00 pm (but the bus arrives not until 3:45 pm (much time to go to Tim Hortons)) , you are allowed to leave the school campus and my teachers don´t give us much homework ;). In the evening Noelia and I went to Walmart to buy school stuff and ice cream 😛 (my first Oreo-ice cream). So, the next days of school were much fun, music was the best (of course;)), maths was quite easy and history was watching movies (history is watching movies everywhere I guess). Noelia and I finally figured out how to take the school bus, Sara (a Brazilian girl) and I finally found our classrooms and I got to know new people (mostly international students, but also some Canadians:)). The evenings were great too, I tried to play basketball, Dave showed me how to play a video game and I showed him „Sherlock“ (I love this series!), the food was good too and the most important thing: NO homework!

Then weekend came up, Julien flew back to Switzerland on Saturday and I visited my aunt. There I cleaned the barn with my uncle and my cousins Emma and Christopher, we played baseball and had self-made bread for lunch. Then they showed me how they can walk on the slackline and we fed the clydesdale-horses (my aunt doesn´t own them, they belong to some neighbor, but the horses live partly in my aunt´s garden) and pet the cats. We also jumped into the pool, which was very cold, but also fun. For dinner we had pizza and watched „Jonny English 2“.

Now it´s Sunday and I´m looking forward to Monday and School (I know it sounds weird, but school is sooo relaxed here and I will meet my new friends again!).

I really love it here in Canada!!! 😀

The beginning

So guys, this is going to be my blog for the 5 months I´m staying in Canada:

I flew away from (cold) Germany at Wednesday morning. After saying goodbye to my parents at Hamburg Airport I got on my plane, where many other exchanche students were too, who partly had such weird conversations like „my mum only allowed me to take one pair of jeans with me“. In Frankfurt I had to walk a very long distance to get to the right gate. There I met two other girls from Ayusa, who now live no ttoo far away from me. After 8 hours of flight, two movies, no sleep, a fabulous view and a very rough landing I first had to get through lots of controlling points of Toronto Airport (which took veeeery long) to finally get my suitcase. Outside a women from „Readleaf“ and the other 3 German girls were waiting for me. Then we waited for a group of Spanish people and after they finally came out we were driven by an old, yellow school bus to our hotel. For dinner I had fish&chips (very yummy!) and then we all fell into bed.

The next morning I woke up at 6am, I saw the darkness going away and the sun lighting up the CN Tower (which I could see from my bed:).  After bacon&eggs for breakfast the yellow school bus took us to Niagara on the Lake, where we had lunch and some free time. Then we drove on to the Niagara Falls. We went on a boat tour where we all got wet (luckily we wore those pink and extremely good looking raincoats :P) and then we had more free time. Steffi and I walked closer to the falls and on our way we took lots of photos, went into stores and had a long talk about homesickness and living in Canada ;). For dinner we all went to the „Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls Canada“. The food wasn´t the best, but afterwards we all bought the obligatory t-shirt :D.

The last day in Toronto began with a fabulous breakfast. I had french toast with a mountain of fruits and my neighbor had a huge pancake filled with chocolate, bananas and cream. She couldn´t even eat half of it. Afterwards our yellow school bus took us to the CN Tower. Up there we had a great view and the glass floor was also cool!!! Suddenly a guy carrying a huge golden cup came in and everybody took photos of him. They told us, that he´s a basketball player from Toronto, who plays in the NBL:o. Then we drove back to the hotel, packed our suitcases and had an orientation, where we talked about living in a host family and so on. After we talked about everything, we got on the yellow bus again and were driven to  the school in Barrie, where our host family picked us up.