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DanielaRoman Daniela Roman

  • 26 years old
  • From Massachusetts, United States
  • Currently in Massachusetts, United States

Semester on the Gold Coast

My semester abroad studying at Bond University in Australia


Australia Gold Coast, Australia  |  Nov 13, 2013
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 I have been blessed with learning so much while being here, I cannot complain that I won’t be able to experience absolutely everything 

In my first entry, I mentioned that I had heard that things here in Australia are expensive. I came here knowing this, but still gasp at prices. Bottles of water are $4, candy bars are just under $3, and a meal at McDonald’s never costs less than $15. To Americans, it seems ridiculous. However, when the minimum wage in Australia is $16 an hour, everything seems more reasonably priced.

I came here wanting to scuba dive and sky dive. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to scuba dive, but I’m not too upset about it. Of course, it would have been amazing to do this, but I have been blessed with learning so much while being here, I cannot complain that I won’t be able to experience absolutely everything. As for sky diving, I am going in less than two weeks! I don’t know what to expect, but I’m sure it’ll be thrilling. I am also going on a trip to Moreton Island in a few days. Here, I will be playing with dolphins and snorkeling near a sunken ship. As for temperature, it is consistently in the 80’s. Some days it is scorching hot, some days it rains, but 80% of the time it is just perfect. I wish this is what the weather was like in my home town.

The food is pretty much the same here. Except the bacon is a lot different. Instead of strips, it’s a circle. And the texture is different. The taste isn’t too bad though. They call french fries ‘chips’ here, and red peppers are ‘capsicums.’ The best food that I have discovered here is a really popular biscuit (their word for cookie). They are called Tim Tams and the double coated ones are my weakness. I’ll have to have one of my Australian friends send me some after I’m back in the states.

I have a little over a month left, and things are starting to come to an end. I have heaps of work for all of my classes, but planning it all out made me less stressed about it. I have plans every weekend until the day comes where I leave, and that makes it seem so much sooner. Thinking about going back gives me mixed feelings. I have learned a lot here, and I’m not exactly ready to leave. One more month would be perfect. 

Whenever I get sad thinking about leaving this beautiful country, I just think of everything I’ll enjoy going back to. I miss my home and my family. I even miss my school’s campus even though I used to dread it. I can’t wait to wear big sweaters and fuzzy socks again, and drink hot chocolate while watching snow fall. There are positive things to every situation, you just have to remind yourself to think about them.

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