Well it has been a long time coming but we’re finally all here in Waterloo (Bryan, Sam, Qiao Rui and I) and have experienced a taste of orientation and our lessons for the term! We all travelled separately and I was the first to arrive in Waterloo and see our housing for the term ahead. I couldn’t help but take a pretty cool shot of the street sign leading up to our place!
It’s a pretty cool place just a short walk from the University of Waterloo and my room was pretty big!
The very first day I was there, our landlord brought me to the St Jacobs’ Farmer’s Market as an introduction to Waterloo’s Amish origins. It was pretty eye opening seeing such a huge open market with freshly grown produce, cheese and meat products sold by the farmers themselves! I probably wouldn’t have seen that in Singapore ever.
Another eye opening thing I found out was that short and slippers (Singaporean/SUTD Style attire) definitely wouldn’t work out! I was literally freezing walking around the market and our landlord wished me good luck for the Winter ahead :O. ( Unfortunately I forgot to snap a photo of the Farmer’s Market but I’ll surely visit it again)
Over the next few days, Qiao Rui joined me at our new home with Sam yet to arrive for a few days more. Bryan lives separately and he might have a different experience which he might elaborate on in the weeks to come.
Qiao Rui and I pretty much settled a few boring but important tasks at the University over the next few days such as making our WatCards -A Bus Pass, Payment Card and Identity Card all in one (much like our SUTD card) and doing some housekeeping!
We even tried cooking, something we were both severely underskilled at. I have to admit Qiao Rui’s attempt looked much better than mine pictured below :D!
Soon enough Orientation events had started. We met some pretty interesting people at the Exchange Orientation such as Adi an Indian student from Hong Kong, Sammy a French student and Miguel from Madrid. We even caught the much hyped play put together by Waterloo students called Single and Sexy.
Our view of the play:
Over the next few days, I took some time to go hang out with out new-found friends and also to explore the region of Waterloo on my own before classes started.
While walking past a lake one day, I almost had a altercation with the infamous Canada Goose, but luckily he/she/it backed down phew!
Stay tuned to more updates from us here in Canada. It’s gonna be a fun term ahead!
Signing off ,