We're living in residence-like accommodation at the YMCA- you know, 'its fun to stay at the..'! It's pretty basic, but with a bit of love my room is looking a bit more cozy, and I've learnt to love it here. The location is ideal too, right in downtown, yet only about 10 minutes from uni. It's also a great little community- we've had (almost a little too much) fun going out and exploring the city and night life with our new friends here.
The farmer's market- amazing fresh produce, handmade crafts and food stalls- definitely a favourite on Saturday mornings!
Cow's famous ice-cream shop! Known as the best in Canada- and it is pretty damn good!
We also managed to go to the 'Summer Sonic' festival here, which was a wonderful event right next to our place, and saw the amazing Ben Harper! <3
Living surrounded by water is pretty wonderful
We even managed to get out to a beach- Rainbow Haven, about 40 mins from Halifax. Who knew Canada had beaches?! AND it was lovely. And pretty hot! Super impressed.
Dalhousie itself is such a great university, it's old and gorgeous with cute cobbled stones and a little clock tower, and has such a good, friendly vibe. Everyone is really proud and involved (particularly in comparison to what I'm used to in Canberra), which is so fun to be a part of. The classes aren't too different so far to what I'm used to, being based on a lot of small assignments and participation in group discussions, but we do seem to have gotten straight into a lot of readings and papers due very quickly- which has thrown me off somewhat, but it'll be fine, I'm sure! It's just tough to concentrate on study when I want to explore everything and am so excited about being in a new country and city! But I guess it'll settle down a bit soon as I get more into the swing of it. We've been somewhat distracted by birthdays too- as it was mine last week and is Tim's yesterday- so of course we have/had to celebrate properly!
Yesterday was also pretty great- waking Tim with breakfast, presents and cuddles for his birthday then exploring some of our favourite places in the city (the weekly harbour side farmer's market, cow's amazing ice-cream shop, the marina, a favourite cafe, the halifax folklore shop where Tim got his fix of guitars and a local liquor store for some pear ciders), and then it was time to sample beers at a local micro brewery and hop a few of the other awesome pubs around, since there are lots to choose from!
Happy Birthday, silly lovely! x