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Spain 2011

In just a few weeks I'll be heading off to Spain for two weeks, one of those weeks being spent at a language school in Cadiz. When I tell people this, they wonder how on earth I can afford it, or assume my parents are paying for the trip. After all, I'm a jobless high school student, where on earth would I find the money for such a trip.
The truth is, travel is cheaper than you think. I didn't mooch off my parents, I am paying for the trip 100% on my own. Where did the money come from? I saved it. Simple as that. By doing odd jobs around the house, coaching speed skating once a week, and saving nearly all my birthday and Christmas money, I am able to pay my own way after a little over a year of saving.
Granted, I live at home; therefore I don't pay rent or buy my own food. On the other hand... I made about $25 a week. Thats nothing. Many people spend that much or more at Starbucks. So many people say they would travel if only they had enough money. I don't believe in this excuse. If you want to travel, you will find a way; its as simple as that. Saving money isn't hard, you just have to be willing to make a few sacrifices. Just do it! Don't buy that shirt, make your own coffee, pack a bag lunch. Whatever it takes, I can promise... It's so worth it

Happy Travels!

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I Bought My Tickets!!

Spain 2011

Finally, after months of justifying my trip I've bought my tickets to Spain. The excitement is starting to catch! In just a few short weeks I'll be headed out on my first solo trip, to learn the language and culture of Andalusia. Needless to say, I can't wait. The count down starts now at 37 days. Until then I need to figure out what I'm packing, where exactly I want to go, and start booking hostels. The adventure starts here.

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What's your favourite place in Southern Spain? I'd love suggestions!

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Exploring Victoria

Victoria 2011

There's nothing quite like waking up in the morning to a view like this

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Our hotel was fantastic, we stayed at the Best Western Inner Harbour. The staff were extremely helpful, and our seventh floor room was spacious and offered stunning views of the harbour. We went to Shima Sushi for lunch, which was absolutely delicious. I have finally come to the realization that as much as I love sushi, there is actually more to Japanese food... And it's delicious too! We spent most of the day wandering around the inner harbour, and shopping. I think its great how many little local places they have here; so much more variety.

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It's so pretty here

Annnndddd..... I got a backpack! Now I just need to book my flights and I'll be set for backpacking Spain this summer. We had dinner at Nautical Nelly's before heading out to the airport. The food was great, and the atmosphere was very friendly (if you go try it)! The city is so beautiful, and as we walked along the water the sunlight was streaming down over the water. I hope I'll be back next year!

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Campus Tour At UVic

Victoria 2011


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Today was my chance to get a good look around the university, and see if it's somewhere I can see myself living in the future. I was almost happy to wake up to a cloudy sky; mind as well see the place at its most natural!

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This photo was taken right before it started raining

We grabbed a reasonably good breakfast at the cafeteria, then headed out for a walking tour of the campus. The place was even better in the daylight; the trees were all blossoming and there were numerous walking paths between the buildings. My favourite part was the psychology building. Half way through construction they hired a new architect, so the building is full of dead end hallways, and staircases that lead to nowhere. Apparently the psychology office is deliberately impossible to find!

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Bike path on the very green campus

We then took an impressive bus tour of the recreation faculties. The gym is one of the largest in Western Canada, which is pretty easy to believe when you see the rows upon rows of workout machines. It had to be at least three times the size of the gym I attend at home! They also have an outdoor pool open in the fall, and an indoor one for the rest of the year.

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Crappy cellphone picture... But it's big hey?

The part I was most excited about however, was the olympic sized skating rink! Hopefully when its not being used for hockey I'll be able to do a bit of short track speed skating (maybe I can even find someone to join me so its not totally lonely).
After sitting through some faculty information and a registration tutorial, we took the bus down to the Inner Harbour Area (It was a double decker!). Tomorrow... I'll have my chance to explore.

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View from our hotel at night

Posted by Advontuura 18:51 Archived in Canada Tagged victoria university Comments (0)

Arriving In Victoria

Victoria 2011


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After spending 24 hours in Victoria, I am absolutely in love. Its green, its by the ocean, the air smells like flowers. The university is pretty, the programs sound great, and there's a beach near by. The best part is, there's also rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and surfing. I mean, what's not to like?

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Right outside the residence

On the other hand there's Ubc. Vancouver is a bigger city, I've got family there, and its still by the ocean. Whistler, Squamish, and Grouse Mountain are all a bus ride away. And of course there's the prestige thing. I honestly don't know if prestige is a big deal or not. Personally it doesn't matter to me unless it actually makes a difference to future employers...

Anyway, what can I say... Victoria is amazing. My flight arrived in the evening, and I was lucky enough to have a very friendly bus driver on the way to the campus. There was only three of us on the bus, so we ended up getting a tour of the area around the university. The neighbourhoods are stunning; small houses surrounded by elaborate gardens and tall trees.

Upon arriving at the campus we went for a wander. Coming from a big city in Alberta, I'm always amazed at how green everything is on the West Coast. The campus was beautiful, and covered with bike paths. The residence wasn't so bad either. Both sides of the room were identical with matching single beds and good sized closets. Overall it looked like I could probably live there for a year. After the first night things were looking promising :)

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My future home?

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