Hey from Niagra!! Im here on our inter-session- which is the middle of camp- theres about 15 of us, mainly internationals. The falls are amazing, really stunning - although smaller than I had expected. It took us a short while to actually cross over the border - which is literally a bridge - as some people in the party didn't have the right papers so couldn't come over, as they wouldn't be allowed back in.
Once we got into the main town of Niagra, I couldn't believe it, it was like a mini version of Orlando/Las Vegas, mixed with a little Blackpool - very classy! I had so expected the city of one of the wonders of the world to be so sophisticated and cultured - but no; there was houses of horrors, waxworks, giant frankensteins on buildings and hundreds of cheap souvenir shops.
We stayed in a sort of travel lodge/motel, there was 5 of us in the room, so it wasn't too uncomfortable, right next to the bars as well which was a bonus.
We went out for drinks at a karioke bar (i did not sing of course!) then we headed to an Arab Hooga bar, which serves Shiesha - a fruit flavoured tabacco through a pipe. I tried it and being a non-smoker, thought I would choke on my own tongue, but it was surprisingly easy and didn't leave the after-taste of dead rats on your tongue - more like apples instead. We then headed to a nightclub, had a little dance and then down to see the Falls at night, they were all illuminated and were actually more beautiful than during the day.
Spent way too much money at the duty-free on the way back, but once we crossed back over we managed to go on the famous boat - Maid of the Mist. We didn't get as wet as expected, but we still had to wear the blue poncho's which made us look like special needs/ mental patients being allowed out for the day. All in all - a great trip!