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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Arrival and other amazing stuff

THURSDAY 26th: Hello and welcome to my first official blog entry when I’m actually in Canada. Thursday was the day of my arrival and the trip from Copenhagen to Toronto has been a mess. At 10:20 my flight to Canada started back in Copenhagen. It took around 2 hours to get from Copenhagen to Paris. It was a boring trip which actually ended pretty quick with some reading. After getting of the airplane in Paris I had to find my flight to Toronto. So I got help from a very handsome French man in Charles de Gaulle/Airport. There was no problem getting to the next airplane and when I was at the boarding place, I met 3 French exchange students travelling with Rotary to Canada. It was nice to talk with people in the exact same situation as me.
The trip from Paris to Toronto wasn’t that bad, though very long. I sat in the top of the very huge airplane; I think there was room for 347 people. Next to me was a lesbian Swedish couple (one of them was pregnant, aha!) It was pretty funny to talk with them. I watched some movies included Kick Ass, Shreck “Forever After” and I think it was an episode of Taggart, the Scottish criminal inspector. After the trip I arrived in the Toronto airport  - tired and totally exhausted. But before I could meet the YFU – alumni Brynn, I had to go through the immigration.  It went really well, there were no problems at all.  I got my ‘official’ Student Premit. After the immigration I drove to the introduction camp with 8 other exchange students.  When we arrived we quickly ate some pizza and went to sleep.

FRIDAY 27th: Having fun with the YFU-friends. All very sweet, the French a little bit annoying, but it is funny, still. Playing card games and stuff like that.  We have been at the pool for swimming, relaxing and getting over our jetlag. It has been really nice to talk with other people from the YFU. They were all so kind and sweet and we had so much fun introducing our selves in our native language and speaking about our own countries. And since we were only about 14 YFU-students going to Canada from other countries, we could all speak very open to each other. We could talk about our expectations for the year, the dog sledding trip and other stuff. 

SATURDAY 28th: This was the day we had the orientation. We were repeating the rules we learned back in Denmark, but the alumni who learned us were really nice and also came up with new things such as: The Epic Flowchart of awesomness! (Copyright to Brynn and Steven) A really complicated thing to talk about, but everyone who goes to Canada after us will learn about it. After the orientation I left with Richard, my area rep, to Oil Springs with a German who will be heading more south later, and a Japanese, who will be heading to the west of Canada. It was only me who will be staying here a little bit more, I will probably be staying in Petrolia where my school is, but I still do not really know yet. Janina (the German) and me walked for a while in Oil Springs, but we were soon home because of the heat.

SUNDAY 29th: Today Janina (the german), Yuki (the Japanese) and I walked to the Oil Museum of Oil Springs. It is truly a fascinating story and everything was so western! You could imagine how a cowboy would come and shoot you behind the oil well or the post office. The landscape here is really amazing! Eventhough there is Corn Fields everywhere, they are just not the same as in Denmark! It is amazing!

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