3 days. I cannot believe that we only have 3 days left with each other. We thought the first week was the slowest week ever however now we realize that the month has passed in a blink of an eye. We are currently trying hard to enjoy the very last bit with everyone, before we have to face the sadness of departure and farewells. With the program coming to a finale, everyone is frantically working away on their projects. Long work hours and all-nighters are predicted for the last few days.
Here are some highlights from this weekend. It was solely spent for relaxation and fun. On Saturday, we drove about 2 hours north from Toronto to go to Barrie. Bus rides are always exhausting, but fun. They are filled with laughter, singing, deep conversations, and of course, sleeping. When we arrived in Barrie, we couldn’t help but feel disappointed. It was supposed to be a sunny beach day, but instead, it was a rainy one. But when we were each given $15 and were allowed to do anything we wanted for 4 hours, we immediately got excited and were rushing off to go swimming, go to restaurants, and to simply explore downtown Barrie.
After coming back from Barrie, it was time for Coffee House! There were numerous acts including singing, improv, jazz quartet, and dancing. Everyone who performed made the night one of the most memorable ones of this month.
The next day we had staff workshops! I got to join the cooking workshop and we were taught some useful recipes. We cooked pasta, chicken, salad and some rich and creamy cheesecake balls made with crushed oreos and cream cheese, dipped in melted chocolate (mmm). It was a really fun and tasty workshop!
After the morning, we went down to harbourfront by walking, taking the TTC (subway) and then streetcar (typical downtown Toronto things!) Thankfully, the weather was wonderful that day and we were able to walk around harbourfront for free-time. For lunch, our group got the chance to go to Miku, a gorgeous Japanese restaurant. I highly, highly, highly recommend it!
On the same day, we had the best and the most interesting dinner experience ever. We were taken to a lecture hall, and were all confused to see vertically cut vegetables on covered desks, with bowls of water and stacks of rice paper. It was all from Bento Sushi, the biggest sushi company in Canada. We had an educational rice paper wrap session, and were taught how to make our own rice paper wraps! We also ate sushi and for some SHADs, it was their first sushi experience ever. They were given the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and try something new!
This last weekend of SHAD was amazing however nothing can last forever. I’m deeply sad that this month is coming to an end. I’m going make sure to spend the last days of SHAD to the fullest and to never forget these precious moments of our lives.