Whitesands Bay and St David’s Day Trip

Amazing day today! So fun:) We went to St David’s, Britian’s smallest city, which basically means it is technically called a city, but really the size of a town. Probably a bit bigger than Lampeter. But firstly we went to Whitesands Bay, a gorgeous beach. The sand is so fine, like really tiny, and the waves were Tofino-esqe. Then not only was the water stunning, and the beach, but also all the rock around. The coastline was fun to walk around, and I did take my shoes off and I went into the ocean. I was the only one. But I don’t care! It was fun, and only the very bottom of my jeans got wet, so worth it. I kept my shoes off most of the time, which was a bit painful at times, but I think less slippery because of it. They’re different types of rocks, very jagged and pretty easy to perch on. However this also means quite pointy, so it took me a while to get over a wall, to reach a cave. Continue reading

Castle! And Stuff

Today was the beginning of the week for all the students here at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, so finally here are people here on campus! Well, that may not be a good thing, as that mean now the Student Union building is open. Which means the bar is open, and also the club. Which means I can hear the club music, at least the underlying beat, while I am trying to sleep. Soon classes shall start, and then I’ll be too tired to notice! Anyways, today there was a welcome to Lampeter speech, and then we went to a welcome BACK to Lampeter speech, as we are exchange students, so technically in the second year of study. In all, 4 speeches. luckily though all the international students already had the orientation on how to use the computer and library and stuff, so we don’t have to go to those this week. Which means, it is a pretty free week. I want to get a violin tomorrow, and to do that I will have to take an hour long bus ride to Carmarthen. That’s not too bad though, same distance from home to Camosun.

But oh yes the castle! The trip was part of the cultural programme the university offers, one of seven. We had to leave at 9am and it took a little over an hour to reach the bottom of the hill where the castle is situated.  Continue reading

Settling In

Hiya! So I’ve been here a few days and haven’t done much to the blog. Well that’s because I joined Facebook. For years I haven’t, precisely for the reason that I didn’t want to waste my time on it, but now it made sense. Within the first few days I’ve added half a dozen people, so ya I think it was good to sign up. Anyway, Lampeter is lovely, such a cute little town. It is definitely old, all the buildings are stuck together, and all different colours too! It’s so pretty! The people here are nice, the cashier at Sainsbury’s, a huge British supermarket chain, was very friendly and also had such a great accent. Continue reading

Just a Quick Update

Hello! So I don’t really have time or energy to do a full post, I just wanna say that so far it is pretty great! University experience, halfway across the world:) Except that I am in a hall with other Americans, and 1 Canadian. So not too many accents yet:) Just orientation happened today, so we finally got to meet the International assistant, who I have emailed so many times! Didn’t really get to talk to her much though, busy first with welcoming, then registration. I hate filling out paperwork! But strangely, it isn’t as bad when you are on a table with a dozen other people all doing the same thing.

There is a Starbucks here, merged with a food place, nice sandwiches and daily deals. For $5! Nice place close to my building. It is such a little cute town! Like it looks really old, all the houses and buildings stuck together. I love it! Grocery store is pretty cheap too, I think. Well, some things anyway, just had a quick run through really. Tomorrow is more orientation, so I must go to bed and sleep! Half a dozen of us (USA + 1 BC + me) went out tonight to a real British pub! Well, actually 2. And they were so empty! It is only the international students that are here already, so the place is pretty empty. Next week come all the rest of the students. But still, a real British pub experiwnce, twice in 1 night. I’m not legal to drink in BC, so this was kind of cool, the first one was really homely and food restaurant orientated with a bar, the second was pretty much just a bar. Also completely empty when we got there. So nice people so far, and Sunday we’ll all pitch in for kitchen stuff. Today we bought some plates and bowls, otherwise everything in the kitchen is mine! Utensils and equipment I mean. Food, I haven’t really bought anything, yet;)

Last Bit of Euro 2009 Trip

In October 2009, for my 16th birthday I went on a 3 week European guided bus tour with my mother with Insight Vacations, a very generous present from my grandmother and uncle (whining and persistent “I want to go to Europe” does actually get you somewhere sometimes :-) )It was amazing, and during our trip I write a journal. I have finally transcribed it, at least some of it, so I have decided to put it on the Internet so it is here forever! This is the second journal. Continue reading

2 Days. Technology Will Save Me!

Well, not specifically me, but my parents and sisters. My little sister keeps saying I’m going to have to Skype her 5 times a day, or at least text. Or Tweet. Or email. Luckily, it is the 21st century, and I have the resources to be able to keep in contact with people very easily, cheaply, and quickly. It is only the timezone that might make things a little difficult. When your family are night people, and able to Skype after supper, it would be 4 am most times for me! Just a decade ago it wasn’t this easy, nor really possible this near-constant contact, so there is no reason to not go far; it’s quite easy to stay in touch with home.  Continue reading

3 Days to go. How Lucky am I?

When I tell people that I am off to Wales for nearly a year, a common response is “you’re so lucky!” Well, yes and no. Firstly it is fortunate that I am Canadian, and simply that I am able to go to college. So people I tell are really just as ‘lucky’ as me to be here. Of course there isn’t too much else to say after I tell them I’m going to a tiny town in the middle of Wales, though “you’re so brave/what a great opportunity/it’s gonna be so much fun/so jealous” also has come up. But I digress. I don’t really consider it ‘luck’ that I am going to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Continue reading

Wednesday: Mid Week Ramblings

So Wednesday has arrived! And almost gone, as it is 9pm. No terribly late supper tonight, it was the reasonable hour of ten to 8. In all seriousness, that is pretty normal here, 7:30 the average hour that I try to make things be ready. I made ribs tonight, without using nay artificial sweeteners, molasses, BBQ sauce, or ketchup. Why? Because my family is insane. Well no not really, but since Christmas we have avoided any processed foods, and that includes cane sugar. My solution for sweetness in savoury dishes then is an apple. Simply blitz up an apple with a tomato, and it is pretty equivalent to a BBQ sauce. Add some bustard, spices, and vinegar, and there is a perfectly good crock-pot marinade! Served with coleslaw.  Continue reading

5 More Days…Getting Things More Organized

It’s my last Tuesday this year! And yes I will keep thinking about it that way. Today I finished doing pretty much everything that I could do out of the house, so staying inside the rest of the week and packing! Well not really, still need a haircut, but otherwise yeah. My sisters have all their activities beginning again, and all I’m doing is staying home. Of course that will drastically change by next week, so I’m not really complaining. Just a fact really. Continue reading

My Last Monday…In Victoria. This Year.

I leave in 6 days for Wales! Yet doesn’t seem real. I mean, I have everything prepared (everything is bought, from pens to socks to kitchen supplies all organized on the counter) but still, 6 is just a number. I’ve been thinking about the exchange for 10 months. 10 whole months I’ve thought things like “I won’t be here for Christmas next year. I’m not gonna be able to do Easter Eggs at home next year.” So for the date to finally be here, so close, it doesn’t quite seem like it’s actually going to happen. Obviously it will happen (quite a large scholarship riding on it, as well as all the stuff my parents have bought me) though really, 6 days or 60, same kind of feeling. Continue reading