Winter is very different as you could imagine in comparison to a winter season in Australia. Before I arrived in Montréal I spent two days in Toronto to visit some family and get a taste of the cold Canadian air. My cousins were my personal guides, showing off Yonge Street and some popular fast food restaurants whilst also giving me basic advice about Montréal. I went shopping with them for essential outerwear (snow boots and jacket, heat-tech shirts, scarves) and the shoes I wore all day that were brought from Australia fell apart. They were tested against the Canadian elements and failed miserably after two days.
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Ryerson University, a technical focused institution in the heart of downtown Toronto, just down the road from the prestigious University of Toronto. It has a whole bunch of brutalist style buildings sitting next to super modern fancy looking building, and the internet occasionally doesn’t work. Sound familiar?
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It has been just over 3 weeks since I left Australia and all the comforts of home. I have been living out of a suitcase, particularly as I traveled from Dallas, TX in the US all the way up to my new home at the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada. Continue reading “The Bald Eagle and the Maple Leaf”
Montreal reminds me of a slightly larger sized Melbourne. With its cool hipster streets, arts and comedy culture, I kind of feel like I’m home. Little cool eateries are scattered throughout the city, on every corner and in between. It wasn’t until I arrived here that I was informed that Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per Capita in Canada (2nd in North America only to New York). I soon realised there was a lot I didn’t know about this funky, eclectic, French-Canadian city. Here are some of the fun facts I’ve learned about Montreal in my past week of living here. Continue reading “Montreal”
If there’s any advice I can give to a future exchange student, it’s to arrive in your new city early – at least 2 weeks before the semester starts I’d say. Particularly if you plan to sort out accommodation on arrival!
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I never would have thought that the first time I would be living out of home would be so far from my family and friends, yet here I am writing this 16019km from home. I’m doing my exchange at HEC Montreal, Canada and have been here for a little over a month now. Continue reading “Hello From the Other Side”
My journey to Canada started a few years ago with a dream to one-day return to the USA, a country I once called my home. Time passed with no magical trip back to the other side of the world, much to my disappointment. Then one day a seed was planted in my head at a friends’ birthday party – why not go on university exchange? Continue reading “The University of Where?”