Successful week!

I had to hand in my first essay last monday, and so I had to spend the entire sunday before at the beautiful and very cozy QMU Library. I’ll be sure to start earlier next time, no more last minute stress :s

done!

I had a meeting at Active East Lothian on tuesday to discuss volunteer work. As of next monday, and every monday after that right before football practice, I will help coach football for children. Can’t wait! 😀 I will also get to design flyers/brochures for them.

I wished 2 friend’s a happy birthday at midnight on tuesday/wed. So many birthdays! 🙂 and we had a party wednesday night (no photos of that unfortunately, I wore a dress).

Petar turns 20

We played our first football match of the league on friday night, we beat Edinburgh University (8-2). I love my team! Celebrations were done over pool at Maggie’s.
We’ll be playing (and hopefully winning) every friday.

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I’ve been increasing my weights at the gym since I’ve gone weaker after summer, but so far so good. I can now do 50kilo deadlifts. Yay! I also have MORE workout buddies 😀

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Ana <3

I’m still sick. And I’m trying to detox again so I can look good in my Halloween costume and also win a bet (abs by the end of october). We’ll see how that goes. 🙂

Hectic September!

Soooo… Back again after a busy month of parties, exploring the city, meeting new people and building friendships, and of course studying *wink wink* No seriously 🙂 studying!

I managed to get sick twice so far, along with most students living in the halls. The nightlife here is amazing which makes it difficult to get sufficient rest.

I’ve been doing quite well on the nutrition front, eating healthy and going to the gym regularly.

salmon & veggies

gym

I’ve been to the beach :D, actually swam in the sea, it was so cold that my body was numb and it felt amazing (I think I just realized why i got sick!). My lovely French friends and I have also been to Arthur’s seat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur’s_Seat), we climbed all the way up and had a picnic at the top followed by a choreographed dance to “dancing in september”, footage of that might be revealed someday in the future. I have to mention that Mel B from the Spice Girls was in a (what i think was) a festival tent outside just a few meters from the beginning of Arthur’s Seat, I only realized that after we had gone up and was too lazy to run back down to meet her! 🙁

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picnic

picnic

Made it to the top

Made it to the top

Arthur's Seat

Louis

Axel

Louis

at the beach

So far I’ve baked twice for 2 birthdays, and cut 3 guys’ hair. Fun fun fun!

Charline's Bday

my friends

Axel's haircut

Haven’t had so much time to see my baby sister 🙁 I’ll hopefully get to see her more soon assuming my life won’t be as hectic.

I haven’t managed to get to any skateparks yet 🙁 I’m dying to though so as soon as I get a day off and it happens to be sunny I’ll go out and skate.

Oh yeah, one more new thing done, I went to Musselburgh Racecourse for research for one of my courses (Marketing Research). I’ve never seen a horse race live before, it was interesting and quite fun 🙂

Musselburgh Racecourse

I’ve joined the football team and cheerleading but since I’m sick I’ve only managed to show up one time for each. I’ve also applied to do some volunteering with sports. Time time time! Need more time. And MONEY! I need a job… :/ TIME!

Wow I’ve written over 400 words so far 😀 which reminds me that I have an essay of 700 words due next week!

I’m a blogging correctly?!?! :s /Dania OUT!

Queen Margaret Uni

The Parliament

Pub Crawl

Harry Potter

J. K. Rowling handprint

U of G – Weeks 3-5

Did you know…

That if you order a coffee at Tim Hortons, and ask for a “double-double” you will get a coffee with double sugar and double cream (you can substitute the cream with milk).

Dear reader,

My apologies for the very late post. The reason for my lateness is, simply put, homework. A lot of it. I will make it up to you not with excuses, not too many, but with my adventures these past few weeks since my last blog post.

 Homework

While I’m usually quite talented in keeping up with homework and finishing it on time, here at the University of Guelph the situation is a bit different. I started out here with 4 courses. I ended up dropping and couple and registered to three. Although I managed to keep up the first couple of weeks before I dropped two of my courses, I somehow managed to fall behind, severely, as soon as I registered to the tree new ones. Obviously the three courses were two weeks ahead, and I had a lot of catching up to do. IMG_1753

Catching up is easy if you lock yourself inside your room for the weekend. However, I didn’t have the heart to do so. You see, I wanted to experience Guelph and its hidden beauties. The arrival of autumn is an excellent example for this: imagine being inside, doing homework, as the leaves change colour from green to red, and then from orange to yellow. I couldn’t miss that! Therefore, my dear reader, I admit to have spent a significant amount of time outside exploring the “city” with my fellow exchange students, instead of staying home catching up.

I did, however, observe how the student of U of G managed their timIMG_2278e. These people, or some of them, spent most of their time studying. This did this either while eating, chatting with friends, at the library, at the UC until 11 in the evening, or walking home etc. Non-stop studying is certainly not my cup of tea, no matter how much I love the subject.

Let us conclude this boring subject by me sharing this sweet experience I had the pleasure of living through the past couple of weeks. As I have already made clear I was behind on homework, lectures, and notes as soon as I registered for the three courses. I spoke to one of my teachers, and she told me, with all the serenity and kindness in the world, I should write an email to my classmates; asking them to share their notes. My first thought was “No way anyone’s going to share their notes with me.” However, after debating it mentally for a while I wrote a proper email explaining the issue, and asked the 400+ students (from across all 3 courses) to share their notes with me.

I ended up receiving over 15+ emails with kind responses and notes attached.

 Sweets

A quick note on this subject: although we Europeans hear all sorts of mouth-watering things about NA sweets, cakes, and pastries; the actual thing is not that mouth-watering. I rather found it teeth-aching. Sugar and artificial flavouring dominate aIMG_1807 large portion of Canadian sweets. Personally I have always wanted to taste candy corn. The result: Never, ever, putting that in my mouth again. It was not sweet. It did not feel like you were eating sugar. It felt like you were boring into your teeth with a tiny screwdriver. Pardon the mental picture. That is not to say that all sweets are the     same. However, a very large portion of them are quite bad for you. Very bad.

Homecoming

My friends asked me about whether I was going to attend the homecoming or not. First thought: “Where do I find a dress for such an occasion? And why are we having a dance/ball/prom so early??” The homecoming turned out to be an exciting, well-planned, highly social, and brutal game of university American football. I blame my ignorance on American TV shows.

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Sincerely,

Lady Diala

Work Hard Play Hard!!

Konbanwa!

So the semester has started at Ritsumeikan University, and it started with full force indeed. As mentioned before we have at least 8 courses and you get A Lot of readings, homework and presentations everyday. So after being away for a couple of weeks, it was lets say, refreshing to get back to reality 🙂

Well even though the workload is heavy, it is actually fun to go to campus every day. Mainly because you always interact with new people from all over the world, and you always have lively discussions in class, especially between USA & Europe, and China / rest of Asia & Japan. I must say, after already spent a semester here at Ritsumeikan, we European people might come from different countries and cultures, but we do have a lot in common. One can argue that the language, and,-or cultural barriers can never connect us hundred percent, but when being exposed into such complex society as Japan, and being mixed with so many different nationals, you kind of realize that you share some common things with other Europeans.

Except for classes, we have of course “late night socialized a lot”. I mentioned Kamogawa in my last blog, and we have spent a couple of nights their pre – “gameing” and then went to nightclubs…. BUT in Japan, nightclubs always close really early because of noise problems, neighbors and so on. So at 1, or if you are lucky it will close by 2 o clock AM. The majority of us are reaching our peak at that time. So it is a little bit annoying not being able to dance anymore. However, in Japan you sing Karaoke the whole night instead….. and OMG I LOVE KARAOKE!!!. For those who know me, I can’t sing at all, but no one can sing karaoke during late hours, well maybe the Asians cause the all have beautiful voices. But the rest of us, yes us foreigners, we are just screaming to all different national famous songs, and American famous songs….. and yes it sounds terrible but we have so much fun. ABBA is a classic choice for many Germans / Frenchies, but personally I prefer Buffalo Soldier… You can either go to a Bar who has a karaoke set up, or you rent a karaoke room (different sizes available) for a couple of hours. I know it sounds weird, but it is so much fun!!!!!! So another thing you have to try when in Japan.

The weather is still really nice and warm here so we have been to the beach a couple of times. Or it is a lake named Biwako, but honestly there is no end on that lake, it looks exactly the same as a normal ocean / beach. We also have been to Osaka, which is kind of famous city and it is really big and has a good night life. The annoying part is….. that the train home stops at 23.30, so you have to pull a so called “all nighter” which means you are taking the first train in the morning, around 5.30 AM and you will be back home in Kyoto, in you room around eight o clock in the morning! So therefore, going to Osaka happens one time each semester, but it is worth it!

I also have during these two weeks been visiting some temples and shrines. I also went to a flea market and bought a Kimono and Yokatta ( summer version of Kimono).

10620771_10154558425170004_4275730010101558015_n IMG_6889 IMG_7130 IMG_7279 IMG_7289 IMG_8323I don’t know if I mentioned it before but if you are being sick or having a cold or whatever, you need to wear a mask. So the reason for wearing a mask is to protect others from your sickness. If you are a public transport, any kind and coughing without any mask, people will take action a move as far away as possible from you. They even give you most awful stir, like they think you have Ebola. I’m actually just waiting for the Japanese government to say that everyone must wear a mask because of the ebola outbreak, cause they love their masks. Reason why I’m bringing it up, is because I am at the moment sick, and walking around with a mask 24/7, and it is kind of a struggle.

 

Matane

 

SouSou

Cissi