It’s (semi) official. I’m hoping to go back to Canada for about 10 days in the Easter holidays. There’ll be a Queen’s / Kingston visit and maybe a little bit of skiing in Quebec, although I don’t know how good the snow is in early March.
There’s going to be some excessive consumption of butter tarts when I get to Wolfe Island Bakery.
My American friend (who was also on exchange at Queen’s this past year) is coming to visit this week which is so exciting!
We’ve decided that we are going to attend the Canada Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square thrown by the Canadian Embassy since Queen’s and Canada mean so much after a year studying there as exchange students.
Maybe other Queen’s alumni will be there! Mini K-town reunion abroad.
Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London. The crowds were out and defied the very British rain to see the boats of the Jubilee Pageant sail down the Thames River, with the Queen onboard the Spirit of Chartwell.
It would be interesting to know how the Jubilee was perceived or celebrated in Canada.
Reverse Culture Shock
I definitely experienced reverse culture shock upon returning to the U.K., it was a really unsettling feeling because nothing felt quite *right* yet everything was still so familiar. I viewed everything with extreme suspicion for about a week and am still not quiiite used to everything.
Just over a week ago, I was on this boat moored in Secret Cove, B.C. Now I’m back on dry land in the U.K.
So lucky to have started learning to sail yachts in such beautiful, wonderful surroundings. Hopefully we will sail the Queen Charlottes this September!
Well, this is my last weekend in Canada. I’ve a lot to write about the last fortnight, including taking the Canadian cross-country train and then sailing up to Desolation Sound in B.C.
My friend and I are in the city for a couple of days and then I’m heading all the way back home to England.
I’m actually thinking about coming back to Canada for postgrad study, and I’ll for sure try and keep this blog going throughout my final year back in England just to see how things are different when I’m back home.
First exam of spring semester finals is tonight at 7.00pm
… What’s up with these evening exams, anyway?
ALSO CANADA WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE SQUASH? All I need is some Robinson’s Fruit & Barley, none of this Crystal Light sachet drink business.
I don’t know how I feel about this.
When I booked my flight home, I was feeling a bit ‘meh’ about coming back to Canada for a second semester. I thought I’d got everything I could out of just one semester and it felt like time to go back to Warwick.
However, this second semester has been awesome and I can’t believe how many amazing things I would have missed if I’d just done one term.
Now I feel like I want to go back to England just for the summer holiday and then come back to Kingston in the autumn.
I’m really not at all ready to leave Queen’s behind.
4 nights, 3 days aboard VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ from Toronto to Vancouver in pretty-much-upright seats. It’s going to be exactly like all those awesome long-distance train journeys that I’ve imagined in my head, except this one will probably be ending with a crick in my back.
It’s the kind of thing that I really won’t have the opportunity to do again and I want to do it while 3 days in the same seat still seems like a romantic adventure from some old movie.
Save the Capitol 7 Cinema
As an exchange student I may only be living in Kingston for one year, but I have become far more involved in the community and the town than I ever expected to be and I love this city a great deal. It is for this reason that I’m taking this opportunity to ask for help in trying to stop the closure of the Capitol 7 Cinema, or at least get Empire Theatres to remove the ‘no competition’ clause that would prevent another cinema taking over the site. Closing the theatre would be a huge economic loss and a terrible cultural one for the many car-less residents of Kingston such as Queens students who cannot get to out-of-town multiplexes. Capitol 7 and The Screening Room complement each other very well and we need to support them both.