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CanadaFebruary: -35 to -3 °C

On 28 February 2001 from Winnipeg, Canada , trackback

This week we had 2 birthday’s to celebrate, on Monday (January 29) it was Rodrigo’s birthday and on Wednesday (February 1) it was Gil’s birthday. So we went to Wise Guys on Monday and on Tuesday we held a surprise party for both Rodrigo and Gil on the 5th floor of Speechly.

I had my first real midterm this week as well. The first 8 chapters of Consumer Behaviour. I’ve really aced the test because most questions the teacher used where derived from the internet site of the book. Cable internet is already starting to pay off…

Furthermore, I spent a lot of time studying this week. But on Saturday I went cross-country skiing with my host family in Bird’s Hill Park. It was really great, Canadian nature and everything, but I can still feel the 9 kilometers I skied in my muscles. 🙁

On the evening of Saturday February 3 we (Mart, Reds, Hena, Silvain, Xavier, Eli, Belen and I) went to 8trax, a bar downtown. We didn’t want to spend every Saturday night in Wise Guys, although it’s really good there on Saturdays. 8trax had better music though and even some familiar faces: we met Monica and her friend, two girls we met in line at Monty’s the first week in Canada. It’s a small world after all…

This week was the last week before spring break. For school I only had a quiz on Wednesday, but the week after spring break I’ve got two midterms, a presentation and a few assignments.

Since there were no more tests after Wednesday, I went to Wise Guys on Wednesday and on Thursday as well, but we went to Monty’s first, for the ladies’ and gentlemen’ night out in Monty’s. After classes on Friday we (Mart, Reds, Xavier and I) went to Polo Park to get a haircut and do some shopping and in the evening we went to a bar called ‘The Connection’ on Pembina. It was a local bar for sure, however it was too cold inside and there were not that many people, so that’s going to be a one time visit.

On Saturday February 10th the food services in Pembina Hall were closed for the first time since my arrival. They’re assuming everybody leaves residence in spring break, so we’ll have to figure out what and where to eat for a week. That’s a little bit harder around here than at home, since there are almost no kitchen facilities in residence and the nearest supermarket is a half hour walk. Nevertheless, Lindsey and I decided to go to Safeway to get some microwave and other instant food for this week. We got dinner at the KFC on Pembina, so at least we didn’t have to make dinner for this evening. The way back was another challenge because the temperature had dropped to -30 by then and we had to walk back for over half an hour. But we figured that as long as we kept talking and smiling our cheeks wouldn’t freeze. As you might have figured out by now, we survived.

On Monday February 12th we’re going to Shingwak Resort on Lake of the Woods in Ontario, about 3 hours from here. We’ve rented two cars and a cabin on the lake, which is frozen, so we can go snowmobiling, cross-country skiing etc. We’re going with 8 friends (Mart, Reds, Hena, Gil, Rodrigo, Xavier, Charles and I) for 4 days, it should be a lot of fun for sure.

As you might have guessed already, I didn’t go to Canada just to study, I want to see something of the country as well and have a lot of fun. So we (Eli, Belen, Reds and I for a week, Sylvain for five days) are going to ski in Banff for a few days. We’re flying to Calgary on March 1st and driving to Banff on the 2nd, I’ve heard it’s a spectacular drive through the Canadian Rockies. Banff is the number one ski resort in the world, so skiing shouldn’t be a problem either.



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