So folks, here is my last blog from Canada. I can't believe that 8 months have passed, but what fantastic and enjoyable months they have been. I have met so many wonderful people and made so many new, and I am sure, life-long friends. I will miss them all, but feel certain to return to visit one day again very soon.
Today, is my final day on campus and it is a bittersweet day. Many tears have been shed, many a lump in the throat has been swallowed and many a hug has been swapped. So many nice things have been said and I am truly overwhelmed.
I managed to grab some time to sit on the outside deck area where I used to have my lunch last autumn and reflect on the wonderful scenery that I shall miss. The mountains, the glistening river, the sunshine, and of course, the snow in winter and -40 temperatures.
I have amazing memories that will never fade: the Canadian Mounties Musical Ride, hockey games, my trip to Vancouver, but these were all added too recently when I managed to get in a trip to Las Vegas. It was incredible and mind blowing. It was a little treat after finishing classes, but before final exams, although I think that my brain was already in Vegas mode when I wrote my final paper as I credited that famous Las Vegas cabaret performer, Wayne Newton, with writing the text book from which I was taking references (the book was actually written by Wayne Norton). I had credited Mr Newton on at least 6 separate occasions in my essay! Oops!! Oh, and don't worry, I hadn't heard of Wayne Newton either, but here is a pic when I met him at Madame Taussaud's in Las Vegas. Oh and that is me with Liberace too.
Finally, today, I gave a gift to TRU. It is a King Lear programme signed by Sir Ian McKellen from the 2017 Chichester Festival Theatre production. Thank you seems so inadequate in this instance, but thank you to TRU (www.tru.ca) and the University of Chichester for this wonderful opportunity, and thank you for reading my ramblings.
Above the door of the library at TRU it says: Me7 Wiktsen e nenses which is the local indigenous dialect for Come back again soon. I certainly will, my friends, I certainly will!
Putucw, me7 wiktsen penhen. (Goodbye, I will see you sometime).