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blog 3 week 3

Greetings all reader and welcome to the third blog in the CK@C series. During the past week of school, there's not been many interesting activities of note. I've been to some fun activities but those are minor enough to be covered by our regular social media channel. So, in this blog, I'll talk about what I should have put in my first blog; my general information, expectations, and goals. Some of these information may be spread out in the first two blogs so I am sorry for if I typed in something twice, blogging is still relatively new to me.

Let's first start by my general information first. My name is Campbell, and I'm from a province called Khonkaen located in the high plains of Thailand North-Eastern section. I'm currently a student in grade 11 studying at Park View Education Centre located in the city of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia as an exchange student in the Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP). I'm currently studying for two years in a row in Canada and I hope to make it to graduation day and later into a Canadian University. My aspiration for the future is to become an engineer in the field of aerospace and aeronautics, which is why I have decided to come study abroad as it provided better standard for this field and not many university taught this back home. Now, I will confess, when I consider where to study aboard, Canada is not on my radar at all. I've been considering the United States and Australia but I never even though about Canada. That changed when I saw a brochure my father brought home. The landscape looked beautiful and all the city in Nova Scotia, even Halifax, the capital of the province itself, doesn't look too busy and looked quite safe. So I chose to come here instead, and I haven't regretted it yet. Not only that, the education in Canada is superb as there's no SAT test or standardize test when you finish high school, so you can just take your grades and apply for university! The university in general are also pretty good, whether or not it is the local university or the famous one in Toronto or Montreal, they all aren't ranked too bad on the educational scale. That is why I came here, because I think it was safe, beautiful, peaceful, and can provide students with great educational opportunities in both high school, universities, and beyond.

Now that I've told you about myself, I'll tell you what I expected to receive from coming here. Evidently, it's getting to refine my English language skills and learn about new culture. Which I have done a lot so far, with living in a host family requiring adaptations to their own house rules but can also allow you to observe their customs and cultures. How they live and how is it different than back home. I also got to practice my English skills, especially pronunciation, a lot as I used it everyday, although my accent is still sub par compared to many students here. But, my primary goal is still to graduate from university as an aerospace engineer and that’s why I am taking all the IB sciences program required for engineering. It was great, the teachers actually taught us to understand the subject. Instead of having us to remember, they have us understand why and some even show us the proof and origin of that concept which allowed us to understand the concept better. So I liked the teaching style. Aside from that, my other goals and expectation would be a minor one such as experiencing or doing activities that I have never done before. For example, although I have skied last year, I still wanted to do it again as it was fun and I want to improve my skiing skills. I also wanted to see a whale for once in my life, and I heard they have got a pretty good whaling tourism here so there's a chance, although slim. The last one is my aspiration to visit Montreal, last year I visited Toronto and there's many interesting places to visit such as the CN Tower (the glass floor is very scary), but I wanted to go see the French capital of Canada for once (the official language of Montreal and Quebec is French), I heard that the French architecture there is beautify and the streets give you the same experience as if you are in Paris, minus the Eiffel tower.

So, that is it for this blog on my information, expectation, and goals. I hope you enjoyed my blogs so far and see you again next blog. The last one of the month of September and if you want, stay tune for my VLOGs!

Posted by campnarakol 16:18 Archived in Canada Tagged canada about campbell nsisp nsispfc campkol campnarakol Comments (1)

A blue voyage

Blog 2 Week 2

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Image: (Clockwise) The view from the ocean to Lunenburg Harbour, a seal, the ocean floor, ships out in the bay by the ocean, wave action as we crossed the ocean.

Greeting readers! And welcome back to the second blog in the CK@C (CampKol@Canada) series. During the past week, I've been trying to find something interesting to write in this blog but, to no avail, nothing really happened during the past week except some odds festivities or activities here and there. So, instead of writing about those, I'll focus this blog on where we left last week, the boating trip from Blue Rock to Lunenburg.

Sometimes you've got to get out of the house and get some fresh air, some people do it by running, jogging, or maybe just sit back and relax on a balcony. But last Sunday, my host took me and my international brother from Turkey, who will from now on be referred to as Berke, out to Blue Rock for a boating trip. We left the house around noon after we had grabbed some quick lunch (oddly enough, people in Nova Scotia call lunch dinner, that can be a source of confusion sometimes). We arrived at the pier around one O'clock in the afternoon to find out that the boat we were going to take is a small six seater boat. It's even smaller than a speedboat! So, after putting on our life jackets and securing all electronics back in the car, we embarked on the boat and off we go! During the first thirty minutes, the ride is pretty uneventful. I've got to see some odd house here and there but the waterway is unusually quiet with minimal signs of human activities. Although it's quiet in the water, there's a lot of activities on the shore. The shoreline is dotted with big houses, which are probably summer homes, surround by hills, forests, and wide fields as far as you can see. Some island (it's a piece of land surround by river on all side) don't even have road access so you have to go there by boat. After a while, it turns out that our captain viewed the water chart (the water chart was on her iPhone, not the greatest idea I would say) wrong, somehow. So we have to turn around and went into another direction. Then, when we were going the right way, we started seeing signs of life. There's a lot of birds flying around, some of them are probably rare or good looking as it excites my host father. Then, after we passed through three more in-land island, we finally came out to a bay the leads to the open ocean. In the bay also parked some very cool sail boats and wind surfers, they looked fun to sail in.

Now that we're in the ocean, it's the fun part. As you know, the ocean isn't usually calm, so there's a lot of waves and thus the ride became more rough. Because I was sitting in the front, alongside my hosts' son, I am the first to get showered on and the water is still as cold as usual (I miss those warm Fundy bay water). But I held on, and as we go out further and further into the sea to avoid the shallow water (those are bad for propeller), the water became clearer and clearer until at one point I can see the ocean floor itself! It was amazing, the water was amazingly clean and refreshing. I even saw five seals in total! Even though it was only the head, it was still nice to see one of those animals out in the wild. We then head south towards our destination, Lunenburg. As we went along the coast, the waves get progressively higher until at one point I have to wrap a towel around my body because it was too cold to my liking. After we passed through several more shorelines and seaside communities, our captain took us into an inlet in the hope that it would be a short cut as we are running late. While in the inlet, we saw many people canoeing in the oceans, having a great time as they are forced to row against the waves. I even saw a Cessna Caravan Amphibian (a plane) in a low altitude flight up close! Sadly, as it turns out, our short cut came to a shallow opening to Lunenburg harbour. The canoe could pass through, but our boat cannot as the propeller would hit the sea floor. So we were, again, forced to turn around and find a new way. Finally, my host mother spotted an inlet out into the ocean and we took that route. All at the same time hoping that this is the right one. It is! Thus, we arrived in Lunenburg safely, unload, have some snacks, and went home. Ending our little adventure for now but leaving a memory of an amazing boating experience forever. I still wanted to do the ocean canoeing though so I might be able to write about it in the future. That is it for this blog, thank you for reading and see you next week!

Posted by campnarakol 17:58 Archived in Canada Tagged boat canada trip seal experience clearwater nsisp nsispfc Comments (1)

The Arctic maple icy water

Blog 1 Week 1

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Nova Scotia is a beautiful and peaceful province located on the eastern most end of Canada, connected to the mainland only through a narrow piece of land. Although I've never really heard of it before, now I'm here, as a student studying in Nova Scotia, attending a high school in Bridgewater and living with a host family in the surrounding area. I've just been here for two weeks and I already got so many amazing experiences and had a lot of memorable experiences. But, first, I'll introduce myself just a little bit. My nickname is Campbell, and I'm currently a student studying in grade 11 at a high school in Nova Scotia. I've been an international student for two years now, I liked it so much that I decided to return here and, hopefully, for another two year.

Now, in this first blog, I’ll talk about my most memorable experience since I'm here. Just the one week that I've been here, I've went to many places, mainly the countryside and small towns that are exceptionally pretty. Even though I've been to many places and tried many things, the experience that really stands out to me are when we went to the beach and on a boating trip to Lunenburg. After I went to school to select my four courses (It is really four courses, school here starts at 9 and ends at 3.30), my host family take us to Risser's Beach. It was a close beach and it only took 18 minutes for us to get there. Once we got there, we begin to stride towards the beach. On the way, we passed under a tunnel and came up on two young Canadian boys, who joyfully tells us that the water was exceptional, it was warm and it will not last. Once we got to the beach, I saw a sign that tells us the water temperature was 21 degrees Celsius. I went into the lake at the back of the house before and the water was cool so I didn't think that it was too bad. Then, we (Me and my host brother Berke), run into the water. The moment our feet touched the water, I can feel the cold water like it was Arctic ice creeping on my skin. It was even colder than the ice water we used at the water festival! So, after playing in shallow water (and splashing each other), we decided to jump in. The moment of contact was the worst, it wakes you up enough that all the atoms were up too. After a while, our nerves adjusted and it wasn't too bad but it was still cold. Even though we were cold, the waves are high and those are fun to play in. After some time, feeling that I had enough ice shower, I got up and built a sand highway system for the ants (if there are any) on the beach. Then we packed up and walk along the beach, appreciating the clean water and pristine beaches (I even collected a sand dollar! They're cool). We then walked along a trail through a marsh, appreciating the view of sunset and went home.

That's it, the end of that day and that story and even though it is five days since that time, I'll always remember my time playing around with Berke, the extremely beautiful scenery at sunset, and maybe the feeling of getting into the ice water for the first time.

PS. Sadly, we're out of space so I will hopefully write about the boat ride (or maybe something more interesting) next blog.

Posted by campnarakol 18:30 Archived in Canada Tagged water travel canada students cold exchange nsisp nsispfc Comments (1)

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