beceh: (summer drinks)
What a lovely week. Summer arrived in full strength (even got up to 30 Celsius a couple of days!!) and many days were spent either swimming in mountain rivers or at the beach. Rather wonderful, just how summer should be :-) 

Unfortunately it's back to low twenties and cloud this week :-(

Come back summer weather, come back!!

Had an odd dream just before I woke up... Somehow I was back in Australia, but I had a date with Keenan in Canada the next night, so I was trying to organise how to get back quickly and justify it to Mum and it was just a rather weird dream...

Mt Baker!

Apr. 11th, 2010 02:05 pm
beceh: (winter)
 Yesterday was awesome. 

I went to Mt Baker in the USA for the day with Tendai, Jacqui and Jono. I still find it very strange that we can drive to another country, let alone just for a day! 

It was a beautiful day yesterday. Clear blue skies. Vancouver looked amazing. We left around 7:30am and got to Baker at about 9:30am or so. Took a little while to get through the border. 

Soooo beautiful up there!! It looked Christmassy with all the snow covered trees. The snow was really good, nice powder - hardly any icy patches it was fantastic. I skied really well. So much better than the other week at Whistler! I only fell once yesterday and it was a minor fall. And I was doing blue runs nearly all day, great fun. Although I think the blue runs at Baker were easier than the blue runs at Whistler. It was only Jono's second time skiing, so he was pretty terrible and falling a lot and made me look better. But he was improving a lot over the day. 

Feeling a bit sore today though. Tendai invited me to go again today - just to Cypress though (one of the local Vancouver mountains) but I was so tired and stiff this morning I said no, but I'm kind of regretting it now. Luke went though. I get messages from them telling me how nice it is up there. Arrrr!! 

Anyway pictures speak louder than words, see the prettyfulness!



See more Mt Baker delights.  )
beceh: (flowerswoman)
 I went for a hike, well long stroll really, with my housemate Xianny and some of her friends today to Pitts Meadow. Really nice. It wasn't very far away either. 

Anyway here are some pics. 



Clicky here fore more prettiness.  )

Whistler

Mar. 24th, 2010 05:25 pm
beceh: (winter)
 I went skiing at Whistler on the weekend. It was so much fun! 

Hannah and Luke, two of my housemates, invited me to go up there with them and another mate of theirs, UK Dan (as opposed to Dan the Housemate) on Saturday. 

I would like to learn to snowboard, but at present time I can not snowboard for the life of me (never tried), but I can ski, so skiing it was. I went and bought some snow gear on Friday (end of the season, got it really cheap!) and woke up super early on Saturday morning to leave. 

Had a really good day. The last time I skied was way back in 2005 when I went up to Mt Buller for the day with uni. So it's been almost 5 years. So I wasn't feeling all that confident, so I left the boys (Hannah wasn't skiing, she just came along for the ride) and stuck to the easy runs for the morning while I got my confidence back. Was being super careful as well, and only fell down once (when I was on my way back down to the village for lunch and thinking 'sweet i haven't crashed!' So of course, then I smashed and really hurt my thumb, but oh well. 

After lunch the boys made me go with them up to the top of the mountain. Oh my god, the views were amazing!!! It was such a clear day, it was soooo beautiful! I don't think my camera did it justice at all. Not that I can really tell, I still haven't been able to upload any of my photos grr. 

That afternoon I stacked sooooo many times. It was getting a little ridiculous. I was fine on the green ones, but Dan made me go down a blue run and I was stacking every couple of minutes. He gave me some good tips though, so I was getting better. I just need better control. More practice. At one point I deliberately  fell over as I was starting to ski down a very steep bit backwards. I didn't really want to be doing that... 

But anyway despite all the crashes and bruises I had a very fun day!!
beceh: (canada)
WELCOME TO CANADA :-)

I have been here for one week and one day now. Feels longer.

MONDAY - Got into Vancouver International Airport in the afternoon - my flight was delayed by about an hour and a half. It's only about 2 hours from San Fran to Vancouver. Quick! I watched Whale Rider on the flight. I've really got to stop watching sad movies on planes... I always cry!
Got through immigration easily enough and got my work permit.
Collected my suitcase (it had an unfortunate shampoo explosion- at least it smells nice?) - it had been inspected in San Fran by the TSA.
Jumped on the Skytrain to Downtown Vancouver. I wish Melbourne had a train out to the airport!
Found my hostel easily enough - although I felt like a bit of a knob dragging my suitcase behind me. Missed my backpack! The hostel was alright. Not the best I've been to and kind of made me want to find a house straight away. It was full of Aussies. Couldn't believe it. Felt like I was back in Australia. Chatted to some people in the bar. They were nice, but I wasn't really inspired to see them again.

TUESDAY - Freezing day. Plan was to explore Downtown but I kept retreating into cafe's to escape the biting cold. I got a phone (Fido) and started looking seriously at places to live - emailed a few that looked alright and Mark got back to me pretty quickly so I went and inspected the room! I liked it! It's in Burnaby, takes about 20-30 minutes to get Downtown on the skytrain. The house is very close (2 streets away) from Holdom Station and is rather big - 2 kitchens, 6 or 7 bedrooms, 2 lounges - I think there are 9 housemates including me.
My room is huge. I need more furniture, it feels too empty! Anyway I like it. I know you're never meant to get the first house you look at, but this was exactly what I wanted so I took it. Only thing better would be if it was closer in, but being on the skytrain route makes it not a problem. It's pretty cheap - $550 a month with internet & utilities included. Sweet. If I lived in Yaletown or Gastown or Kitsilano or the West End, which would be way cooler, but twice as expensive.
Mark said I could move in straight away if I wanted, so I said I would move in the next day. Had already paid for the night at the hostel. Feeling rather happy and wondering if it could really be that easy (yes) I headed back to the hostel for my last night. Met my roommates Chris & Callum from Canberra. They invited me out for dinner with them and we had a really good night. Went down to Gastown for dinner and a few drinks at a place called Steamworks, then headed back Downtown to an Irish pub for a few more drinks. They met up with their mate Ross who is living here this year - he said he might be able to get me a job at his work. I'm not holding my breath, but it would be cool.

WEDNESDAY - I packed up(amazing how much mess I could make in two days) and moved to my new house! Easiest move ever. I just rocked up with my suitcase. Luckily the room is partly furnished - there is a double bed, cabinet and walk in robes already there. Signed the paperwork and settled in. Bought some new sheets, doona, pillows etc.
My housemates: everyone is in their mid-twenties or so.
  • Mark - Canadian. Owns the house. Nice? 
  • Jen - Canadian. Mark's girlfriend. Kind of looks like him.
  • Hannah - British. Student. Lovely. Very nice.
  • Luke - British. Hannah's boyfriend.
  • Dan - Canadian. In the room next to me.
  • Tracy - Canadian. Moving soon. Good.
  • Jess -
  • Alex - Haven't met her or Jess yet, just heard their names!
There are two women, I'm guessing Jess and Alex, who I haven't met properly and who don't seem all that interested in meeting me! But the rest are really friendly. Hannah and Luke invited me to go out with them tomorrow night and to Whistler on Saturday :-)

THURSDAY - Got my bank account sorted. Vancity.

FRIDAY - Hung out with Callum. We went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It was pretty cool, although at first my feet got soaked and freezing. Need new boots. The weather fined up in the afternoon though and we spent the afternoon wandering around Gastown and Yaletown before drinking at various pubs. Met up with Ross again. Good night. I think I need a break from alcohol. It's not affecting me anymore!

Squeeeee

Feb. 4th, 2010 06:43 pm
beceh: (lightning)
 Wheeeee!!!!

I have been really happy and content the past month or two because I HAVE GREAT FRIENDS!!!! And I have finally put that in perspective!! (And gotten over Scott lol) 

Particularly lately, I have realised how awesome some of my friends are.... shout outs to Elisa, Franco, Ian, Kyle,Cam,  Lachlan, Simon & Katie especially. There are others but they are hmmm... the inner circle? Even though half of them have never met.... 

Anyway. I love my friends. 

But what I opened this 'Post an Entry' page to write about was a lovely phone call I received this afternoon.  As any one who has read my last few entries knows, I was accepted into the University of Melbourne's Graduate School doing a Master of Teaching... which I thought I would have to decline as I am going to Canada this year.. 

Anyway, this lovely woman called Sophie called this afternoon and asked what I was doing with my enrollment. I was all.... huh?... And started talking about being able to extend my enrollment period if I still wanted to enroll.... I explained about Canada and she wished me luck and said it sounded awesome, then I said something about hoping that my declining wouldn't affect my application next year and she said 

"Oh.... didn't you know you could defer?"

NO! NO I DID NOT!!!!!!! Everything I read told me that I could NOT defer an offer for Master of Teaching at Melb Uni!!!!

But!!! But I can!!!

So she reopened my offer so I could accept it online, and now I just have to send them a letter stating that I wish to defer and some forms and yeah!! 

Hopefully now they will accept my derferment and that means I have a place next year and don't have to worry about it! And I also have a bit of structure for the next few years. Canada and adventuring this year, uni next year.... 


I am rather surprised at how happy this has made me!!!!!!!!!


Now I just need to NOT fall in love with a Canadian.....


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I went on a winery tour wirh Franco, PatAllen, Ben and Anthony yesterday around the Yarra Valley. Was awesome fun. Such a good bunch of guys. So pretty up there! Tasted some very nice wines and some orgasmic cheese!!!

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Hanging out with Simon and Kyle tonight, yay! 
beceh: (canada)
 I can't believe January is already over! Didn't it just start?? 

I leave in less than three weeks now. Before I know it I'll be on the plane! These 3 weeks will totally fly by, but I predict that the first month/two will totally drag when I am trying to find a job/house/friends etc.... I'm not really looking forward to that. I'm looking forward to 3-6 months plus down the track when I'm settled and whatnot. 

Anyway have a bit to do before I leave as well, I haven't really done anything yet. I am quite good(bad) at leaving everything to the last minute... 

So. 

Have already done the important stuff:
-Passport
-Canadian Working Permit
-American 5 Year Tourist Visa
-Plane ticket to LAX

Still need to:
-Travel Insurance
-Make some plans after first week
- Pack
- Sort out banking 
-Ummmm probably a lot of other stuff that I can't think of at the moment. 

beceh: (books and socks)
 Hmmm. I got offered a place doing Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne! I'd half forgotten that I'd applied.... so now I have to decide once and for all - Canada or uni??? 


Pretty sure I will go to Canada this year. And apply for teaching again either next year or the year after. 

Moving back to Melbourne is tempting though. 

It feels great to know that I can get in :-D I wasn't sure if my marks would be good enough.. 
beceh: (canada)
Instead of writing tonight I have been looking at Canadian mobile/cell phone plans. Plans are usually 3 year commitments, no thanks. Besides you need credit checks and what not, so that is ruled out for me anyway even if I wanted a plan (which I don't, I hate them)

So. Prepaid in Canada is a load of crock. Such a rip off!!! It's even worse than it was here 7-8 years ago. Aussie prepaid deals are soooooo soo sooooooooooo much better than Canadian ones!!

Local and long distance calling on your cell? What now???

And the rates are shitty compared to what I'm used to here in Australia and from what I experience in the UK. Luckily I don't actually use my mobile much...

I feel sorry for Canadians. I wonder if they know how bad they have it...
beceh: (canada)
I got a lovely email this morning, from the Consulate General of Canada saying

Working Holiday Program Application Approved


YAY!!!!!!!!!!!


Canada here I come!!!! :-D

Now I just need to organise an interview for my American Tourist Visa and I'll be set :-)


Exciting!!!!!
beceh: (fatso the fat-arsed wombat)
So.... CANADA?!

Elisa and Ian are going to move to Canada next year for a year or two... the other day Elisa said something about me going as well, and now I keep thinking about it. Ian also kept saying I should come.

So I've been looking into it... 24 month working holiday visas for Aussies are really easy to come by, and pretty cheap (A$190), and I'd also have to get a B-2 American visa (US$131) so that I could visit there if I wanted, which I would want. Leeron would definitely kill me if I lived in Canada and didn't come and visit him!

I'm thinking British Columbia - that's where Elisa and Ian will be, and I have some friends in Seattle which is only about 2 hours away from Vancouver. And.... Portland's only 5 hours away. But that is not allowed to be an issue or deciding factor at all. I can't let myself think about that. Of course I do though... :-S *headdesk*

So yeah. That's my current thinking.... summer in Australia, then Canada for I don't know how long... see how I like it and whatnot. Plus will be a good opportunity to see more of North America and travel. And always a plus, put off making any career decisions for another year or two haha.

I have only been thinking about this for 2 days, so we'll see how long it lasts....

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