What Calum’s been up to.

Sorry for the late update! I guess I’ve been having too much fun in Canada… Since arriving in Thunder Bay I’ve had the most fun, entertaining and eye-opening time. At first when Jack and I arrived things seemed a bit backwards and the city was pretty quiet, but that was only because Uni hadn’t returned yet and students were still arriving. In that way its very similar to CSU Bathurst back home, where the City really revolves around and relies on the student population.

I was unsure how easy it would be to meet people here and then what they would be like. jack and I are not in the same residence but we found this was a positive thing. It let us meet each others roommates and since then we’ve all become good mates. By chance a guy I met in Croatia prior to coming to Canada goes to Uni here and we’ve become good mates since. His family even invited us to their home for thanksgiving dinner which was a great experience. We got to eat a classic turkey dinner with plenty of stuffing, as well as a fair share of wine and beer. It was a perfect way to gain some more knowledge of Thunder Bay as well as the chance to have a contact for future travels. Myself, Jack and Rachel have been lucky enough to make a good group of friends here and with them have already travelled around both Thunder Bay and the States. Not long ago we went on a road trip to Minneapolis in the US for a concert which was unreal. We saw some amazing scenery on the way there as we drove around Lake Superior (the largest body of fresh water in the world) and then the different scenery as we entered the US. It’s starting to snow here which is exciting (not so much for the Canadians apparently). We’re also in the process of organising a ski trip with the snowfields and slopes only a short drive away. We’re starting to realise that its a shame we’re not staying for the entire year as we’re just getting to really know the people and the area well. If it was possible for me to continue for the rest of the year I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to.

Until next time ! Calum

Its Been a While!

So i could make up a couple excuses why i haven’t blogged in over two months but im going to be completely honest, I’ve been having the time of my life and it got away from me. In the lead up to going on exchange i questioned it many times did i have enough money; will i miss my friends to much; will my 3 year old neice remember me when i get home and will the cool kids over here pick on me.

I can say that you will never have enough money to go on exchange, however much you take you will always wish you brought more. You will miss your friends but you will make a million new ones that you will wonder how a wine and cheese night was ever fun without them. Your 3 year old niece will remember you and might have learnt how to use skype and snap chat while your away. Lastly the cool kids will always pick on you but who cares.

So far i have seen Montreal which was like a bigger and cooler more hipster version of Newtown in sydney. The bars there are awesome and tequila shots are dirt cheap. The city is built around some amazing parks, one where i spent alot of time. There was a big group of people from all over the world who would play soccer everyday. I had no idea what anyone was saying to me but it didnt matter when we were playing.

So then it was on to Thunder Bay, where i have been studying for the last 5 weeks. It is amazing here because as soon as anyone finds out your Australian they are keen for a chat. However you have to get used to people just knowing you as “Aussie” or me and Calum just get called the Aussies.

I will post a more detailed version of my stay in Thunder Bay shortly!

1 Month to go!!

There’s now only one month till i head off to canada, my plans have changed for the better since my first blog. After going to talk to the travel agent with my friend we got a bit to excited and booked alot of extra activities. I am flying to Montreal where I will spend a couple days with my mate Ric. I will then be spending 4 months in Thunderbay with Cal at university, before making my way down to Toronto where the start of many flights begins.  In the following two months I will roughly take 9 plane trips and uncountable number of bus and train rides.

It will then be onto Iceland where I will spend 3 or 4 days, this was the idea of the travel agent. The idea of spending time in the power lifting capital of the world, visiting a hot spring and the possibility of seeing the northern lights (not sure if you can actually see them from there) sounds cool.

Then I will be flying into Amsterdam where I will spend a couple days and maybe travel to Polland and hopefully visit Auschwitz. After this I will work my way down to Hamburg where I will see my uncle for a week or two.

After my stint in Europe I fly to Bangkok via about 4 stop overs. Here it is quite unknown what i will be doing, my friend has promised me it will be a fun 1 month after i left this upto him. He spent 3 months in Asia at the start of the year and has planned for use to visit northern Laos for a month. This was quite convenient for me as apparently we can survive off 10 dollars a day or live like kings for 20, which at the end of a 6 month trip will be very handy.

I will end this with a word of warning, when your booking your flights make sure you leave a days cooling or don’t go with your best mate who your prone to making bad decisions with. This is because in the heat of the moment I nearly ended up spending a week in Melbourne and a week in Hawia, which although sounds cool doesn’t really fit into my budget. The travel agent was throwing destinations at us and we where in a “yes” mood.

Jack

Getting Ready To Go!!

Me (Jack) and Calum are both heading to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and cant wait to get there. We have both now finished uni in Bathurst for the year, packed up our rooms and said good bye to our friends. This  has obviously been quite nerve racking as the moment i handed back my keys to student services it meant i was really going. Over the last 2 months it was up the air towards if i will really go or not but thanks to the help of the lovely ladies at CSU Global it is becoming a reality.

In the 8 weeks between CSU finishing for semester 1 and the fall semester starting in Canada i will be back home working and trying to save every penny i  can. Hopefully missing out on some fun here will mean i get to catch up on it in Canada and maybe Asia, Mexico or wherever else i decide on going. I’m just hoping the end of semester exams are a little less stressful in Canada than in Bathurst.