HALFWAY

Bonjour à vous!

As usual, it’s been a few months that I’ve posted… I’m so sorry for that. Anyway, back to school after Christmas holidays was not too bad, it’s true that in the beginning you really miss your bed but I didn’t come here for that. I survived to the exams of P.É.I. and I still have time to have fun with my friends and do some activities with my family.

On January 23rd, I went with my family to cheer the world cup champions of freestyle moguls ski at Val Saint Come, more or less two hours from where I live. We walked up the beginning of the ski run and we took the best places after the first jump to the left. It was the first time that I saw a live ski competition, the atmosphere was incredible: everyone was screaming to encourage the competitors no matter if he/she was Canadian or not. There were two competitions, one for the girls and one for the boys. The speed they had and the jumps they did were unbelievable. OXAV4256

But the most exciting thing is that three sisters from Quebec made the podium, the oldest arrived 3rd, the middle one arrived 2nd and the youngest arrived 1st! This day will enter in the history and I can say that I was there.

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I also tried the Canada’s national sport, I swear it’s not easy at all but it is incredibly funny. I went to play near the lake where there is a big outdoor ice spot with my little brother, a his friend, my dad and the other Italian girl that lives in my city.

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Another new thing very typical that I tried recently is called ‘tire d’érable’ (Maple taffy in English). It is a sugar candy made by boiling the maple syrop. It is then poured upon clean snow, it rapidly get thicker and you have a maple candy. It is so so so sweet but it’s very good, but I can’t believe that someone has decided to put the maple syrup on the snow!

This is also the period when all the photos for the album were taken, that’s why we took a very beautiful photo the whole volleyball team together (I know we are a lot!).

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The photos that follow were taken before Christmas but I want to share it because they show some of the people that are so important and significative during my experience here.

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset Here we were at ‘Le bal en Rose’ organized by Katia (in the volleyball pictures she was the blond girl to the right).

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Test Poutine number three: failed. (désolé mon estomac est pas assez fort!)

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Last thing, I applied to a exchange students blog competition please vote me, you just have to press to the button “vote for this blog”. As soon as the page opened you have to go down and search for the name of my blog “A leap into the unknown” and press sur vote.

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And if you have Facebook like my photo dans the album of the Bab.la page: www.facebook.com/babla.languages/photos

Thank you so much if you did it!!! If not thanks you for visiting my blog.

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85 days

Salut!

I’m back, I am so sorry that I didn’t have time to write more posts, I had every single day very busy and incredible! School apart I had volleyball training, activities with the association AFS, activities with the family, friends etc.

At the end I will post some pictures that will summarise the last month and a half of my journey in Canada.

In short everything is fine, my emotional mood curve, for who knows what it is (AFS stuff), is flying very high since I arrived here. I am absolutely a lucky because is not like that for all the exchanges students ( we’ll see if I will say the same when is gonna be -30 degrees ).

Anyway there is some things that won’t change: my Canadian family, I found the most kind and nice people that I could ever wish, my French (québécois) that is going better and better and my volleyball team, which I love, we will have fun for sure but also satisfactions in the court this year.

During these months I built my new life here, before leaving I had no idea if I will be able to adapt and to get involved in someone else’s life. People thought I was right for this experience because of my family, for who doesn’t really know I had a lot of experience before this year with AFS but from different points of views. My mother, when she was 17, went one year in USA and right now she is a volunteer for AFS, she truly believe in the goal of the association. My oldest brother, Alessandro, went 6 months in Costa Rica and when he came back we hosted a guy from Paraguay, Oscar, I was 10 or 11 years old but I love him as much as I love my others brothers. Three years after my other brother, Ludovico, went one year in Argentina and last year we hosted a girl from Australia, Ellie ♥ (finally a sister after 3 brothers!). She is as old as me and we were sharing the room and the friends, was absolutely incredible, she is my sister but also a very good friend. Right now she is so far away from me and I really miss her…

Anyway maybe all these experiences are helping me right now… But, sincerely, I was so scared before this leap into the unknown, but thanks God I jumped.

À la prochaine ♥

Allegra

 

– Squad goals –

  – Belles soirée –

– Halloween at school –

– Halloween at home –

– My first geme the football at McGill University stadium –

 – Mucca –

  – Adventures with a horse –

Mon premier mois

Bonjour!

My first month is gone! That’s crazy the time goes so fast. I’m sorry I did’t write any post for such a long time but this is kind a good thinks because I really get in my new life, I am always doing something new and that is so incredible that you can even image.

The main news is that I started school. I am going to the “école secondaire Joseph- Hermas- Leclerc” we call it just “J-H”. It’s a quite big school but not as much as my school in Italy, it is very well organized and equipped. If you are in the regular course you can choose so many different subject but I am in the International education program (P.E.I.) which offers at the best students of the school the opportunities to have the International Baccalaureate diploma. There are 3 groups of students in this program and a total of 73 people. They have 9 courses: French, Math, Physics, Chemistry, English, Spanish, Arts, Contemporary world and Physical Education. And I am attending all of them! (how you could image my french in not really good yet so for now I am not understand all the lessons but I will do my best to improve it).


The first day wasn’t too bad I just have one very awkward moment when the director presented me to all the secondary five (last year of high school) of PEI: I was in front of 73 people that I never saw before and someone introduced me in a language which I wasn’t understanding yet… and after that everyone in that room knows who I am and my story and I don’t even know a name! ahah Anyway now is much better I met very nice people that helps me when I need it. I started to get along very well with some girls at my school, they are very nice and funny: they are my first Canadians friends and I very glad that I met them! They brings me to parties and they are showing me how everything is here and it works, trust me, here is another world! 

On the 12th of September I went to Montreal for a meeting with 55 students from all over the world that will stay in Canada for this year. it was an amazing day and really helps me talking with the volunteers and sharing the impressions with the other exchange students in particular with the Italians! We are a very beautiful group ♥ ♥ ♥ love you guys.

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Three weeks ago I went with my host family and some of their friends to Memphremagog Lake it is not far away from Granby. Here I learned how to wakeboard and how to surf on the back of the boat which create a wave that never ends! I just love the feeling when you surf it is just amazing! But I have to say, it is not so easy… ahaha anyways is also very funny to fall and to watch others falling!

Last week I went with all the secondary five of PEI 2 days in the mountain where we did some very nice excursions in the nature and we had dinner all together with the worst spaghetti in the world ahahah Fortunately after we started a bonfire and we roast marshmallows and sausages. Too good!

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As everyone know the most popular sport in canada is hockey, they explain me that it is like a “religion”! ahaha So go watching a hockey game is a MUST on my checklist of things to do during this year. The best team ever is “Les Canadiens de Montreal” but a ticket for one game cost like 100 $ and you have to buy it a lot of time before the game. Last weekend we went to Centre bell in Motreal to see the game white vs. red but all the players are part of the Canadiens team. We pay only 5$ for two thickets and these money will go to the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation to help provide equipment to underprivileged children that want to play hockey. The ice rink was huge and the atmosfere incredible: screams, music, applause, whistles… That was just a practice, but during a real game is like 3 times more amazing and crazy. They give us also free hot-dog and I wasn’t able to resist and I bought the big “number one” hand!

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Of course now I telling you all very the nice and the funny things that I did but I lived also some period of homesickness but not too bad… I miss a lot my mum and my dad, I love them so much and I will never thank them enough to allow me to leave for this adventure. I also miss so bad my best friend, she is now is USA and she is doing my same experience there, we were used so see each other every day so is a big challenge. And my dog too I miss coddle him!!!! The list goes on but I will stop it here.

My trip is just began I have still so many things to try, adventures to live and emotions to feel and nothing and nobody will wake me up from this dream.

La vie est dure au québec

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After 9 hours and a half by plane here I am with my new lovely family in Granby! There is Jeremy, Annie, Grabriel, Caroline and behind us my new very big yellow house!

The day after my arrival we had a very good breakfast all together with waffles and maple syrup stuff. I love that!

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We have a lot of fun playing tennis, for me was the first time but I am proud of me I was able to catch the ball!

Afte lunch we went to pick blackberries and to say goodbye to the neighbors, the are very kind person. It was very hot like 30 degrees so we went in their swiming pool but it was very cold so we moved into their hydromassage!!! Amazing.

For dinner we went to Caroline’s parents, the live near the bordering with USA. They have a very lovely house where we eat corn with butter and salt! I really like the food here is not too bad like in USA, they eat healthy and equilibrated.

Today I am going to meet the director of my school. He permit me to attend the international study program I am so happy for that!

I already love living here.

bye Allegra