My first week in Ottawa

I moved to Ottawa, ON from Vancouver, BC exactly one week ago.

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This is my new bedroom.

I’ve been blessed with a great start so far. Everyone I’ve met here has been welcoming and friendly; including my new landlords, new managers, new instructors and new housemates.

My new home is stunningly multicultural. On my floor alone, my housemates and I represent Taiwan, Brazil, America, Korea, Ecuador, and Canada. We’re all attending the same school this October.

The days have gone by like this:

On Tuesday Sept 27th, I arrived at the Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport. My lovely new landlord picked me up and drove me to my new apartment (talk about welcoming!)

After unpacking my two checked luggages, I headed to the 24hr Loblaws nearby to stock my shelf of the fridge.

I’ve never had to grocery shop for myself before. Not a bad start?

On Wednesday Sept 28th, I woke up early to catch the sunshine. This is day was my first and only day off this week, so I wanted to soak up as much of it as possible. Two of my housemates and I took the bus downtown to Rideau Centre to pick up my very own Presto Card.

Supposedly this place is perpetually under construction. This is true.

We also stopped at a cookware store, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Dollarama, and my new favourite Italian market, La Bottega.

This place is like Banana Grove’s hot older brother.

I picked up all sorts of odds and ends that I couldn’t pack when I got here. We decided to walk back home, and I got a feel for the route to school and the surrounding area.

The next day was Thursday Sept 29th, my first day of work at a bed and breakfast! I’m not sure why but I was expecting to work in some sort of inn. In reality, this is heritage building is basically house from the 1960’s.

The owners are two awesome people. They rent out the rooms of their house to strangers and make a great business out of it. I help prepare and serve breakfast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It’s fruit prep, brewing coffee and tea, serving breakfasts and assisting the head chef in whatever he needs a hand with. It’s fun working there because I like the owners so much; they remind me of my big sister Jessica and her boyfriend Dan.

Since it was a Thursday, I was determined to check out the Canadian War Museum. The museum is free every Thursday and all my housemates were home, so I invited them to join me. It was one of my housemates’ first day in Canada so I think it was great that she came.

We stopped at a Korean barbecue restaurant called MuGoongHwa for dinner. The food was really good in my opinion, but the service wasn’t great. I then learned from my other housemate that the service all over the city is, apparently, absolutely awful everywhere.

I was caught a rough cold soon after this night out so I didn’t do too much more than rest for a few days. Anyway.

Orientation day was on Monday, Oct 3rd. We learned about the school, school rules, how the classes work and what to expect. We also received some wicked cool jackets.

We had some really cool octopus-and-sausage hors d’œuvres.

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Today is Tuesday Oct 4th, which officially marks one of 36 weeks I have here in Ottawa.

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This is my beautiful walk to school through Strathcona Park!

I’m still sick, but if there’s any good time to be sick, it’s when I’m not cooking in a kitchen. Thankfully that’s not till Thursday!

Tuesday October 4th, 2016

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