Snowshoeing in Vancouver – The SFU experience

Anais B and Viviane B on the Top of Cypress Mountain

Like Grenoble, Vancouver is surrounded by splendid mountains named Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour. If you are choosing among several winter activities such as snow tubing or skiing, snowshoeing is definitely a very nice way to enjoy the Canadian landscapes! It’s economical and gives a way to admire the sun passing through the conifers.

You can read below the little story of our first snowshoeing session on a sunny day! But snowshoeing is also enjoyable on a normal rainy day because it’s snowing in the mountains: we did it again with other students of the GEM Program in Whistler (the famous ski station which welcomed the Olympic Games in 2010) and we felt like entering the enchanting world of Narnia!

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The Music Scene in Beijing

Living in such a multicultural environment is a stimulating experience for musicians and music lovers. In our international school, the presence of many cultures is undoubtedly a chance to discover new musical horizons.

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Classes in Columbia University – a student’s perspective!

As GEM students in the Transcontinental Track at Columbia University, we have 4 classes related to geopolitics. 2 classes (Corporate Geopolitics and Competitive Thought Processes in Geopolitics) are taught by GEM. In addition, we get to pick 2 classes from Columbia. The list of Classes can change but here are some courses we took this year:

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Visiting Xi’an and Pingyao, a journey into China’s history

Here we are, rushing through the door of our dormitory to catch a cab in the early morning. As soon as we arrive at the train station, we catch the ultra-modern high-speed train direction Xi’an, the first capital of the Middle Kingdom.

Xi’an, since the economic renewal of China, is a dynamic city. With more than 8 million inhabitants, the capital of the Shaanxi province is returning to its former glory. Indeed, during the middle-ages, Xi’an or Chang’an, the so-called “million’s people city”, was one of the most populous city in China and in the world, at that time.

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The unique history of Cambridge’s St Mary’s Church

As the leaves begin to fall and the streets fill with new students, St Mary’s Church stays standing between King’s College and The Market Hill. It remains one of the many confirmations that Cambridge has experienced so much history. We had the pleasure of discoverng it thanks to Gerald, our guide, during “Open Cambridge” on the 9th of September.

The front Tower of the Church

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