After a brief hiatus to deal with the many joys of moving to a new country, I thought I would share my thoughts on the first 10 days of life here south of the border (how we Canadians refer to this charming country). It's funny, I've sat through two days of international orientation where I mostly jokingly poked fun at the fact that I'm considered an international student because of the similarities between Canadian and American culture. That said, prior to coming here, I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of adjustment, if in fact there would be much of any. With the exception of my personal belongings still being in transit from Vancouver, I can't imagine a smoother transition to a new home. Sure, I'm sleeping on an air mattress, I don't have a TV yet and I only got Internet at home a few days ago, but none of those factors have made the last 10 days any less awesome.
After a four day trip to the Sierra Nevadas (see pictures below) with a great group of classmates, most of my time has been taking care of bank accounts, putting off accounting assignments, eating excessively and drinking at any hour of the day. Kind of reminds me of my undergraduate days...I have a feeling that may change in the next few days. It seems like every day I'm meeting a dozen great new people, and it's definitely making me more excited about the next couple of years. Highlights from the first week and a half:
1. The people: I've been blown away by how welcoming, friendly and fun the class of 2013 is. I knew culture was a big factor why I picked UCLA Anderson, but I had no idea it would be this good of a fit.
2. Food: Since my cooking accessories haven't arrived yet, it's been much easier to justify eating out almost every meal. In N Out. Mexican food. More In N Out. Target has a food court here? Wild.
3. Weather: 27 and sunny every day. I'm sticking with Celsius as long as I possibly can. Some locals have said it's been cool at times, but I find the weather perfect pretty much all the time.
4. Traffic: Sure the traffic sucks, but it gives me lots of time to catch up on podcasts and new bands. Glass is always half full.
5. Food Trucks: I have only been to one, but have been kiling time planning routes around where they will be next. Something tells me I won't have time for that a week from now.
A few pictures from my Pre-O trip to Mono Lake and Yosemite:
(The stunning Mono Lake, where we kayaked for a few hours)
(Awesome view of Yosemite Valley from a lookout point in the park)
(On our way up during our Mono Pass hike…not too shabby)
Until next time,