Spring Break

Ashra Kolhatkar
Ashra Kolhatkar
Indian student Ashra Kolhatkar describes her journey from India to Canada to pursue a Biology degree at Mount Allison.

It’s been so long since I last blogged that it’s almost funny. Every time I tell my roommates I’m going to blog they laugh at me because they’re sure that I won’t. They’ve been right so far, but not any more. I am turning a new cyber leaf and I will start to blog again regularly. I promise!

Much has happened since the last time I wrote.

The first semester of my third year at Mt A ended, but I decided to stay on another year at Mt A to do research with a prof in the Biology department.

My living situation with my roommates has grown better and better with every passing week, and I am now in the middle of what might be the best of my six semesters at university.

What spurred me to blog today of all days was the fact that I have had one of the most typically “university” weekends of my time at Mt A.

One of my roommates is visiting her sister in Montreal so it’s just the four of us: Nathan, Noah, Rhiana, and me. Spring break started on Friday and we’ve been making the most of it so far.

On Friday night we started the night off by having a bunch of friends over at our place; we eventually moved to Ducky’s (a bar) downtown, and then a few of us moved from there to the university Pub later in the night. We ended the night back at our apartment playing guitar until 3:00 am.

On Saturday afternoon when we had finally dragged ourselves out of bed, we started an epic Lord of the Rings movie marathon. We were a quarter of the way through the third movie by about 21:00 when we went to Ducky’s again for a few beers with friends.

We ended up being ‘that’ table. You know, the ones that are loud and are clearly having the most fun of anyone in the bar. We spent our entire time there making fun of each other, telling stories, and for a few very special minutes, listening to Nathan and Noah make gibbon noises at Rhiana.

At about midnight we headed home via a pizza place and watched another quarter of ‘the Return of the King’ until various people fell asleep.

On Sunday morning (well, to be fair it was more like afternoon), we watched the last half of ‘The Return of the King’ and spent the rest of the day streaming live coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics streaming off the internet.

One of my roommates and I went down to a cute little cafe we have in town to read for a couple of hours.

Then we headed home to watch what was apparently the single biggest sporting program in Canadian history: a Canada vs. USA Olympic hockey game.

We had three Canadians (Nathan, Rhiana, and our buddy Mark), an American (Noah), and an Indian (me) watching and it was an interesting dynamic. I figured I could look at the game as either, “I don’t care” or, “I get to win no matter what”, and I picked the latter.

Canada lost 3 to 5 and I am certain there were many Canadian hearts broken. It was a great game.

This morning we decided to rent a car for the day.

Because none of us has cars or easy access to cars, a lot of things get put off because they’re a pain to do without transportation.

But with the rented car (which we haven’t been old enough to get until this year) it was easy and we were able to make a day-trip of it. The first thing on our list was taking all our empty alcohol and pop cans and bottles up to the recycling place they have in town. We’ve been accumulating these for a few months now and we had a rather impressive stash. There were: 16 dozen beer bottles, a multitude of wine bottles, and a substantial number of cans, and we ended up getting $26.30 back for all of it.

The next thing was a trip to Moncton, the biggest city nearby. The trip was largely for my roommate Nathan’s benefit because he is 6″8′ and has a very hard time finding clothes his size at normal stores.

Rhiana and I also made an appointment to get tattoos, which was pretty exciting. It was Rhiana’s first and my second and I think we took it like champs. We ended our trip to Moncton with dinner at an Indian restaurant and then headed home.

Rhiana and I just watched Mulan and, despite the fact that it’s only 10:40, it feels more like 2:00. So I think I’m going to head to bed and actually wake up early and start getting some work done tomorrow.