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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


United States Massachusetts, United States  |  Aug 27, 2013
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 Just don’t come back married. 

“Just don’t come back married.” That’s probably not something you’d expect your family to tell you whenever your semester abroad comes up in conversation. However, I’ve been told it so many times that I’ve lost count. It’s because my parents met on vacation and got married. My older sister also got married while on vacation. So I guess it’s a common thing in my family? I like to joke about it just to get my parents on a rant. 

Anyways, I can’t believe summer it’s already the end of August! My countdown officially started when Australia was 80 days away. 

It seemed like it would go by slow, but now summer is gone and I’m leaving tomorrow. My flight is at 11:10 in the morning, but I’ll have to leave my house at 7am to make sure I get through the Boston traffic and to the airport on time. 

It still doesn’t feel real to me that I’ll be half way around the world for a semester.. I have packed and unpacked so many times to make sure I don’t bring too much and to make sure that it’s under 50 pounds. I didn’t think I would be scared to go, but this last week at home I’ve been pretty nervous. 

There is so much I want to see and experience, but everyone tells me is that it’s so expensive. I didn’t save as much as I had hoped, so I’m going to be as smart as I can with my money. 

I don’t think it will feel real until I’m sitting in the airport, or maybe not even until I’m on the plane. I can’t say I’m too excited for the 14 hour flight because I haven’t been on a plane in eight years and I’ve never travelled traveled alone. Hopefully I’ll be asleep for most of it so I don’t experience jet lag too bad. 

Two things I definitely want to experience in Australia would be sky diving and scuba diving. I have wanted to do these for as long as I can remember. 

I don’t know much about the food in Australia, but my dad always tries to persuade me to eat ‘different’ animals, so I’m sure there will be something exotic there for me to try.

This entry is all over the place, jumbled with thoughts, and it’s because I can’t stop thinking about everything. So many emotions are taking over my brain, I will probably not sleep too much tonight.

Well 23 hours from now, I’ll be on my way to California! And then after my 8 hour layover, I fly to Sydney! I can’t wait to write my next entry from the land down under :)

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