Day 115-121 – In Which I Take Exams, But That’s Not Important

I bet you’ve been wondering how my exams went since those were probably the most enthralling part of my semester abroad so far!

So I got back to Sydney last Thursday at about 11:30 pm and had an exam for HCI the next day at 1:45 pm. I had not prepared for this exam at all before the trip so I drank copious amounts of black tea and stayed up almost all night studying. Wheeeee! It turned out that I probably did not need to resort to such extreme measures since the exam was pretty straightforward.

Friday night I went out with some friends from my Bible Study group to celebrate our friend Rebecca’s 19th birthday. We went to a place called Movida in Surry Hills which specialises in authentic Spanish Tapas. They were quite expensive for only a few bites, but very tasty. After dinner we went to Gelato Messina which is reportedly the best and most popular gelato shop in Sydney. I don’t doubt it since the line stretched out the door!

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Rebecca, Emily, me, Jay, Nadia, and Tyng. These ladies are so much fun to hang out with

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Wagyu Beef and poached eggs with some sort of delicious sauce.

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A mushroom cake at Gelato Messina

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The famous Gelato Messina

After dinner & gelato Emily and I on a night walk through downtown Sydney and ended up at the Rock Village Bizarre. We came across this street performer – a contortionist named Emma who fit herself into this tiny box for us. Hats off to her – she deserves a tip.

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I took Emily to the Dough Collective and she told me to never take her back because it’s too tempting to eat ALL the carbs.

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On Saturday I took enough time out from studying to take Emily to the Farmer’s Market at the Entertainment Quarter. I bought some really good cheese and we had Turkish Gozleme. Next we walked to the Bourke Street Bakery because I told Emily she had to try an authentic meat pie while she was in Australia. We don’t have meat pies in America much for some reason.

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Those strawberry meringues were amazing

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Saturday Night we went to Darling Harbour to see the fireworks. I think I could live here for years and still be awed by the sight of Darling Harbour at night.

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After fireworks we went to N2 where they make ice cream with liquid nitrogen! I had some sort of chocolate hazelnut creation with a syringe of chocolate ganache stuck in the top.

That was my fun for the weekend. On Sunday I pretty much just studied for Networks the whole day and took my exams on Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday night I went to The Basement with Emily and Bekkah. I’m going to miss that place so much. $8 for a live band every week! I don’t even know if Seattle has live bands for that price, let alone weekly.

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Hyde park and St. Mary’s Cathedral from the Sydney Eye Tower

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Sydney Harbour and the shadow of the skyline.

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A purple jacaranda tree in Hyde Park. So pretty!

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Last night Emily and I did the coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi and then took the bus back to Bekkah’s for baking. I made a very successful walnut coconut slice, Bekkah made ginger slice, and Emily made some cinnamon rolls which ended up being dough balls topped with sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. I really like hanging out with Bekkah. Baking and fun trips with her have added a lot to my experience here in Australia. Hopefully we’ll keep in touch and get to see each other when she comes to America!