learn a language, volunteer in a needy community, experience a new culture through volunteering, go sightseeing, play tourist, spend a holiday abroad, meet new people, gain professional experience, make some money, change the world [somehow], adventure travel
Aussies Are Great!
It’s been about a month and a half since arriving in Australia, and already I’ve had the experience of a lifetime! I spent a week in Cairns exploring the Great Barrier Reef, interacting with Aussie wildlife, and submerging (literally and figuratively) myself into the culture. I’ve made a lot of friends from the local town and I’ve taken to trying to fit in the local lingo into my everyday vocab. It’s given all of us quite a laugh!
I’m only taking three classes, so I’ve been able to spend a lot of time interacting with the people in my flat and the friends I’ve made. With such a light schedule and knowing that my specific grades won't transfer makes it really hard to stay focused on my studies. There are so many things to do: got to the many awesome beaches; explore the city; shopping; planning adventures with friends. I hope to keep in touch with all of the people I've met here after I return back to the states. Aussies are great! Back to classes, though, I’ve had the unique opportunity to use the experiences I’ve had in America to add to class discussions and enhance and enrich my written assignments. I've also been able to see how things contrast with the States: news coverage is slightly different--I love all of the international coverage; I don't think I'll ever get used to driving here; and eating biscuits has given me a new appreciation for America's need to have names for everthing (biscuits are cookies, scones are biscuits, and cookies don't exist here).
Easter Break is coming up soon, and I want to spend my week off traveling around the country with one of my Aussie friends. I plan to spend some time in Sydney and I want to explore a little bit of the Blue Mountains. We’re definitely going to go up to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast! I hope to continue building and strengthening the bonds that I’ve made with these people. Australia is like my second home; it’s as though I’ve lived here all my life!