Less Than 3 Days…

Remember when you kept asking me if I was nervous to go to Prague and I said no? Yeahhh, I’m getting there. It’s not a scared feeling, it’s an anticipation, a fear of having no real idea what to expect from my first few days.

I fly out supper time on Wednesday and arrive early afternoon Thursday. I have been matched with a buddy through the school who will pick me up at the airport and then I will move into residence and get settled. I still have no idea who my roommate/flat mates are, I hope I like them. I’m sure it won’t be an issue though, I’m easy going and don’t normally have issues getting along with people.

I start orientation week on Monday the 17th and then school on the 24th. I imagine my first few days and the weekend will involve me getting settled, picking up any necessary items I don’t have (which I feel will include a pillow and blanket but we’ll see when I get there), and meeting other students in residence.

This is the biggest change I’ve ever experienced. I moved away from home 5 years ago to go to school in Newfoundland but this is in no way comparable haha. I’m extremely excited, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that the closer it’s getting the more I have to really face me leaving and the more I’m worrying that I’m going to forget some extremely important document. that the health insurance I have won’t be adequate, etc, etc.

What am I looking forward to the most? Meeting new people and travelling. I’m really excited to hear about all the cool places people are from, what they’re like, how our views of the world compare, and so on.

This is just going to be so awesome =).

Me and my family (except my brother who wasn't around)

Me and my family (except my brother who wasn’t around). I’m on the right.

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Nova Scotia Visit, One Week ‘Til Prague, $10,000 Grant Won

I am one week away from my semester of adventure. Next Wednesday night, September 12th, I leave Halifax International Airport and land in Prague, Czech Republic the following day. I will be studying at the University of Economics until December 23rd.

I’ve been at home in Nova Scotia since Saturday morning. I am visiting with my family until I leave for my trip. This past weekend was my sister’s 25th birthday and it was awesome to have her, my brother, and I all home at the same time. My brother and sister both flew back to their respective “homes” yesterday and now I have a week at home alone (well, with my parents). The break will be nice but I’m sure in a few days I will be aching to go.

Friends and family at Leslie's birthday celebrations

Friends and family at Leslie’s birthday celebrations

 

Sushi at Fujiyama in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sushi at Fujiyama in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Yesterday I had supper with my best friend growing up, Collette, at Fujiyama in Halifax. It was sooo good! I eat sushi every chance I get.

I will be heading into the city again this weekend and will probably go at least once more before I go. I would love to go to Minato and get their veggie dragon roll. I haven’t eaten that in a few years but it will always be my absolute favorite roll- or so it is from what I remember of it (I guess an update is necessary after I have it again).

I would have liked to be in the valley for the weekend because my dad won’t have any more time off work after the weekend before I leave but I have too many people I want to see while I’m home that I can’t pass up going to the city.

In other good news, it was officially announced the other day that my group for my digital marketing class placed second in the Google Online Marketing Challenge Social Impact Award. We received $10,000 on behalf of AIESEC Memorial, the group I volunteer with/we ran the campaign for. Check out the article written about AIESEC and the competition!

From top to bottom, left to right, Lyle Wetsch (associate professor of marketing, Memorial University), Beth Saunders, Scott MacDonald, Barbie Bird, and Virginia Greey. 2nd place winners of the Google Online Marketing Challenge Social Impact Award for AIESEC Memorial

I am extremely proud of our work. We have been the most successful team at Memorial University over the past 5 years of participating in the challenge. We competed against more than 11,000 students from 86 countries.

I would love to end up doing marketing communications and/or digital/internet marketing in some capacity once I graduate so I really hope this will help get me there.

I loved this digital marketing class because I learned a lot and the real life application of the in class theories was a great way to get experience and test my skills.

It’s one thing to read about something and another to actually put them to use. I am a very hands on learner so this was a great class for someone like me.

If you are a student at Memorial University and wish to take this class it is called Digital Marketing with professor Lyle Wetsch, Business 6241. It’s only offered in the winter semester as it corresponds with the dates of the Google Online Marketing Challenge.

Sister Visit + Gros Morne Trip Both a Success

I have been putting off writing most post about Gros Morne for whatever reason. I think I just didn’t want to sort through all of the photos to narrow it down to a select few I liked.

Leslie Saunders, Alex Gibson, and Beth Saunders at Gros Morne National Park- Newfoundland and Labrador

We arrived Friday August 17th at KOA Gros Morne to pouring rain. We had to setup our tent and make a fire to cook dinner on which ended up working out okay with our team of three. The top of the tent is basically a mesh screen without the rain tarp on it so we got a lot of water inside setting it up. As a team we managed to dump most of the water out the front door and wipe up the rest with our towels. We went to bed relatively early this night as we were getting up early to hike the Gros Morne summit.

We woke up around 6:45am (which we did most days because of the sun and what have you). We got ready to go and went down to the store to use their kettle to make some oatmeal. To our disadvantage the store didn’t open for another hour so we thought we would check out the visitor information centre. That too wasn’t opened yet so we decided to make some peanut butter and jam sandwiches and get our food together for the hike.

ARE YOU READY? Gros Morne Summit

We had a good mix of food for the day- PB&J sandwiches, trail mix, fruit and nut bars, apples, and carrot sticks. Alex and I stupidly only brought one water bottle each but we survived. After getting our food and gear together the visitor information centre opened and we made our way in there. We purchased our park pass for the day, got a map and a few brochures and headed for the summit.

The first bit of the hike was pretty leisurely but all the stairs definitely got the heart pumping. It was around 4km in through the woods to the base of the mountain. We stopped at the look outs on the way and took our time making it to the base.

We met other travellers along the way, asked them where they were from and if it had been their first time in Gros Morne.

This photo is VERY deceiving- Gros Morne Mountain

This looks like a tiny hill but it’s really not. We looked at it thinking it wasn’t bad at all until some passers by pointed out the little red people on the mountain. Yeahhhh, it’s A LOT bigger than it looks, I swear!

To the right of the photo is where you actually hike up the mountain itself. It’s pure rock and gets extremely steep in parts. Rocks do slip around as well which can make things hard. We took frequent water breaks going up here. This was by far the most physically demanding part of the hike. The rest of it is pretty straight forward (although still super rocky) but it is really long and more of a mental battle near the end of it.

The hike ended up taking us 12hrs total. It was really difficult for Alex at times and we took things really slow to ensure we were all safe and not exerting ourselves just for prides sake. Once we completed the hike we went back to the campground and lazed around.

Gros Morne Summit- Conquered

We hung out in the “lounge” area of the store for a while when we got back where Leslie charged her phone and went on her tablet and I just crashed on the couch.

We ended up meeting two guys from Ontario who have been travelling around Eastern Canada for the last three to four weeks. They both just graduated from university and had never been out east so they decided to road trip it out here. We hung out with them periodically during our stay- made some food, played cards, and shot the shit.

Water Trike

That Sunday was pouring rain all day. We went and saw Norris Point and Rocky Harbour since we couldn’t really do any intense hikes in the rain. We went to the Bonne Bay Aquarium, a few small museums, and to a local restaurant for food. Once we got back the rain had died off and we decided to rent this sweet gem of a water trike for an hour.

That evening we decided to go to Cow Head to try and see the theatre festival. Unfortunately we arrived 5 mins too late and weren’t allowed in =(. BUT- on the way there I saw my first ever moose! Five years in Newfoundland and had never seen a moose; yes b’y! We ended up grabbing a beer at the hotel next door and ordered some Greco garlic fingers haha. It was a good time considering we missed the show.

I can haz stick bug?

I can haz stick bug?

That next morning we grabbed our things and hit the road for. Our first stop on the way back was this AWESOME insectarium! We stayed there for over 2hrs looking at all the awesome bugs and live displays. The staff there were amazing and we were so pleased with our visit. We couldn’t believe it only cost us $10!!

Alex with his butterfly friend

Alex with his butterfly friend

They have a huge live butterfly exhibit with hundreds of tropical butterflies. They were so gorgeous but it was so hot in there. They all loved landing on my hat. We were told next time we go we have to wear yellow because the butterflies are very attracted to it, apparently. Overall this trip was suuuuper fun and I really wish we could’ve stayed longer. Next time I go I want to see the Tablelands and do the Green Gardens hike. Another visit in the near future is definitely in order! Perhaps next year once I graduate and have no commitments. Buuuut….also no money haha. We shall see what time brings!

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Another Great Weekend

Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

I had another swell weekend. Friday was really low key, I decided to stay home and start reading the new book I got, Made to Stick.

I’ve been meaning to read this book now but almost a year but I guess haven’t gotten around to it. I had a nice evening reading the first 45 pages of it though!

Saturday I went to a wedding reception with a friend of mine and had a blast. The only wedding I have actually been to was when I was younger and really don’t remember it. I’m getting to that age though where this is going to be pretty common place over the next 10 years. Oh joy. I do enjoy dressing up though, I got to wear a dress I bought on one of those “I don’t know where I’ll ever wear this but I love it too much to pass up” kind of times.

King and I at his friend’s wedding reception

Sunday I spent most of the afternoon lazing in bed watching House and then started packing up my things in the evening. I will be moving my things into storage on August 31st so I’m trying to get as much packed up now while I’m still working so I can just enjoy my last few weeks in town 🙂