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Dear St. Andrews

23 Aug

The time has come to say good-bye, to new friends & new places,

I’m gonna cry.

Last night in St. Andrews By The Sea,

I cannot believe this day is in front of me.

Summer days long gone, but now it is time that I must move on.

 

I have to say that this place is one of a kind;

I know I will be back some time.

The warmth, the kindness, the people here,

made it a place I could stay all year.

If you have never been, you must come to see the sea.

The people are sweet and the beer is cold,

you may even want to stay long and grow old.

 

If you like golf, adventure, or tall tales,

you must come soon, you might se a whale.

Finbacks, minke, porpoise, and seals;

best not blink or you’ll need to tell a tale.

Swing the links, sit in the sun, drink a rum, oh stop it,

you are having too much fun!

 

On Thursdays you will see we light up the town,

the DJ is going “boom boom” pow!

There is not a single frown; we are all getting down,

We are all glitzed up or sometimes dressed down,

All in all we rock this town.

 

The people are what make it what it is,

Vibrant, fun, energetic, outgoing, positive, down to Earth kids.

You and I have had many a fun times,

I know this will not be our last as we are in our prime.

As we would say in our new Maritime ways, it has been a TIME!

 

Good luck to all who leave or stay, I shall see you again some day.

Far or near, it is easy to keep in touch, that way you wont miss me much! : P

Facebook, Skype, Twitter or a Bike (if anyone is close enough that is)

I will be sure too fill all yas in.

 

Now I am off to Taiwan for a whole new adventure,

But I wont leave you behind, In my heart I will keep you all the time.

Prom night, Christmas parties (spilly drinks), pool days, and vodka limes.

I ‘for shuuuur’ will see you again and it will be sublime.

 

With this I say good-bye, once again I am going to cry!

Best of luck in all that you do,

I know what ever it is you all will make it through!

 

With Love,

Haley

Catching Up

12 Jul

I have been M.I.A. lately with the blog, and I apologize, but there really hasn’t been much new happening. Since my last entry there have been a few momentous occasions, and for some reason I never have my camera to document them.

Fairmont Float in Canada Day Parade

Fairmont Float in Canada Day Parade

 

Canada Day in St. Andrews was definitely entertaining. Main street is closed off, the regular market is ‘supersized’, there is a parade, cake cutting at the hotel, fireworks (that could rival major cities across Canada), and celebrations that continue into the night. It also kicks off the start of the busy summer season, and I can say the town and the hotel have thawed from the winter months and come to life as much as the flowers that line the streets in town. I had the day off, so I volunteered my time to help out with the face-painting booth, raising money for a charity going towards a local memorial scholarship. We were taking donations for the face painting and giving out ice-cold jumbo freezies. In total we raised over $400, not to bad for a day of fun in the sun.

Bikes Lining the Streets of St. A

Bikes Lining the Streets of St. A

More recently this past weekend St. Andrews was home to the annual Atlanticade Festival. Brining 100s of bikers from across North America to come and join in on the festivities. For five days there were beer gardens, live entertainment, show and shines, and anything else that comes along with a biker festival. Personally, I am not a big fan of motorcycles, not too sure why, but they are just not my cup of tea. I have never been on one, so I am basing my stigma around them on something I have never tried before. Someday, I will find someone who I trust my life with and I will go for a ride, but until then I will stay scared of the beautiful noisy machines.

Pool Day

Pool Day

The rest of my time lately has been preoccupied by sunny days at the pool and working lots. I am starting to realize that the summer is basically half over for myself. One month and a couple weeks and I will be finishing up here and making my way back to Victoria to pack for my exchange semester to Taiwan (which my VISA just arrived for yesterday!!). Reading my Lonely Planet Travel Guide for Taiwan just gets me more and more excited. So far my lists of things to do while I am there include:

–       Sun Moon Lake

–       Night Markets In Taipei

–       Snorkel Penghu Island

–       Drink lots of really good TEA

–       Surf in Kenting National Park

 

Now I am getting quite ahead of myself as I still have time here in New Brunswick, where there is also a list of things I really would like to do here as well:

–       Visit Hopewell Rocks

–       Swim in the Bay of Fundy

–       Eat a lobster

–       Hike and swim at Chamcook Mountain and Lake

–       Go to Boston (maybe)

–       Whale watching

–       Trip to PEI or Nova Scotia

 

The majority of these things I will be able to achieve with a few friends and when family comes to visit. Boston is a big one, and I would LOVE to go see a Red Socks game!

With my time here already flying by I am going to be a little more aggressive with planning all of these things! I know that there is so much more of the East Coast left to explore and will have to come back someday to tour it all. I am very excited to see what I can achieve in the next few weeks, and even more excited to know that visits from friends and family are soon to come!

ps. I am reading a really great book right now that is called ‘What Casanova Told Me’ by Susan Swan, much of the book is about travel and new adventures. In this book he lists his 10 Principles of Travel. Here are a couple quotes that I absolutely love:

 

“3. Travelling is like breathing, so exhale the old, inhale the new and allow your heartbreak to fall away behind you.”

“4. What you desire always awaits you if you are brave enough to recognize it.”

“9. Your journey is not over until you bestow  a gift on the lands you have visited, knowing full well that you will never be able repay  half the riches they bestow on you.”

 

The Market in the Square

27 May

**This was supposed to be posted yesterday but my internet crashed at home while I was in the middle of writing this!**

Today is the official start to the St. Andrews Market Square Farmers Market. Every Thursday morning from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. For the last month I have been craving Thai food, tzatziki & hummus, curry, Vietnamese, sushi, and home made traditional Mexican salsa. (Not all at the same time of course!) Well let me tell you, I found all of that and more! This market is lovely… full of local character and maritime hospitality. Sadly I forgot my camera, but before you get upset, it is every Thursday for the rest of the summer… so pictures will be in weeks to come!

Some of my favorite stalls included:

  • A local family who makes a random bunch of delicious goodies, including sushi, cookies, and home-made fresh rhubarb lemonade (you can get it sparkling or still),
  •  A lady from the UK who makes homemade jellies/jams/chutneys… everyone has their favorite & I would have to say that I absolutely loved the mango chutney (sweet & spicy) and there was a balsamic twist on the traditional red pepper jelly (yum yum yum!), and
  • A man who was from Turkey who fed me all the hummus, tzatziki, and pita bread I could imagine (Reminded me a lot of Sydney Road in the Brunswick district of Melbourne, when Karina and I went on a tasting adventure with our teacher Helen).

Treats from Sydney Road, Melbourne, Australia

It seems like for the last two weeks we have had nothing but rainy and gloomy days. Finally the sun decided to appear yesterday and again today! It gave me a glimpse of the summer and got me oh so excited! Sunny summer days, BBQs with pals, star-fish fishing on the pier, enjoying ice cream at the Blockhouse, swimming at Katys Cove… BRING ON SUMMER!!!