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And so the adventure begins!

I have already broken my promise to keep this blog updated once a week (sorry Kate Row!) but this is literally the first night I have spent at home to make an entry! Well I have now been in Vancouver for 2 weeks and I can say without a doubt that I am having the experience of a lifetime. I have done so many things I don't even know where to begin!

From the minute I arrived at the airport I started making new friends. Some of us exchange students stayed at the Cambie Hostel in Gastown, Vancouver for three nights before we moved into our accomodation on campus. There was 90 of us staying there, and mixing that amount of exchange students in a backpackers with drinking every night sure makes a good time! I have met so many people, I am struggling to keep up with remembering everyone's names! My first three days in the city were spent organising things like phones, bed linen etc. and exploring the city. A group of us went bike riding around Stanley Park, we checked out the Yaletown area and explored Vancouver's nightlife. Granville Street is like the equivalent of Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, except slightly more classy. We went to the same bar, Roxy's, two nights in a row. I had to question the bouncer on whether this particular venue was a strip club as its sign was lit up in neon pink and the name 'Roxy's' does scream 'I am a strip club'! After three days of craziness at the Cambie, we moved into our accomodation!

I am living on the 9th floor of the North Tower of Walter Gage. This is my view. I get to wake up to this every morning, it is an amazing:

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In the photo above, there is already snow on the mountains! So exciting!

My first week and a half in residence has been crazy. Out of the 14 nights I have been here in total, I have been out partying for 11 of them. Exchange students sure know how to party, there is always something happening every night.

After all the excitment of arriving on exchange, unfortunately I had to start classes last week. I've hardly even opened a book yet, and I managed to scrape through with 97% on my first pop quiz! I only have to pass over here as my grades don't count at home, and I'm not working either so I have maximum time to travel and party!

Last weekend we visited Grouse Mountain to tackle the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 climb up the mountain. The climb was extremely difficult, I was under the impression I would be going for a casual stroll up a hill, but I was very wrong. However the view at the top was incredible and definitely worth the sweat in getting up there!!!

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This weekend I am going to Vancouver Island camping! I am being naughty already and skipping class on Friday to go. We are going to hire a car and cruise around. You have to get a ferry over there to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. We are going to drive around until we find a cool spot to camp and build a bonfire to keep warm. Can't wait! Stay tuned for more posts, I will try to keep up this whole travel blogging thing more regularly! Alana xx

Posted by Alana Tapley 23:23 Archived in Canada

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Oh my god Alana, it all sounds (and looks) so amazing! I'm glad to hear you're having a good time, and I just got your post card, too :D Keep the updates coming, it's super exciting, and knowing that your life is exciting makes me feel better about sitting here alone in Brisbane :P

by Charli

Alana! So proud of your blogging haha!!! I should really try and update mine too...but there is just so much else to do!! Sounds like you are having an amazing time! I arrived in Prague today - my new home! Missing you - Skype date soon! Love love, Claire :) xoxo

by Claire Morris

Haha LOVE IT! :D X

by Kate

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