Posts Tagged ‘australia’

Day 68 – Jervis Bay

On Sunday morning I got up super early and went on a trip to Jervis Bay with a club called The Mob. Our first stop was the Kiama blowhole just south of Wollongong. The drive to Jervis Bay took about 2.5 hours. I attempted to sleep, but ended up mostly staring out the window at the beautiful countryside. These cows have the good life, let me tell you. Once at Jervis Bay we had about an hour to spend on the beach before catching a dolphin-watching cruise. I spent that hour juggling on the beach. It’s so much fun and…

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Days 11/12 – Katoomba and the Giant Stairs

We are in the Blue Mountains! I’m on a tour with a bunch of other uni students (In Australia they shorten everything. U-ni-ver-si-ty is just too much trouble so they drop the last three syllables). Our first stop was in Katoomba, a small town in the Blue Mountains which they call “The Capital of the Blue Mountains.” As soon as I got out of the bus I felt at home. The air was cold and fresh and there was a brisk wind coming up out of a large canyon just a few meters away. The natural landscape around us was covered in…

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Day 6 – Monday

On Monday we (it was a joint effort) learned how to get to a grocery store and buy food. This we accomplished and then decided to eat sushi at a restaurant rather than eat the food we had bought. We are such spoiled people. Later we also got our student IDs taken care of and opened bank accounts at the local Westpac Bank. Finally I was able to get a data plan & SIM card for my iPad so I can communicate and hopefully not get lost. If this experience has taught me anything so far it’s taught me: Life takes a…

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Day 4 – The Case of the Missing Bedsheets

We flew into Sydney in the midday and were transported to UNSW by an American student whose name I forget. He told us that he’d been at UNSW for the past three years and had moved to Sydney from Australia when his uncle got into a motorcycle accident and needed a a caretaker. He was the most mobile of his family and had no objection to moving to the beach, so here he was. We were dropped off at the base of the University Terraces, an 8 floor apartment complex that is located on the Northeast end of campus. There…

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Day 2 – Quite

Australia is not like the US. Some parts of it are similar, but their culture is quite different. For instances, they use words like “quite” and “heaps” quite often. They also drive on the wrong, by which I mean the left, side of the road. I think I could manage driving on the left side of the road, but I realized that their cars are also designed so that the driver sits on the wrong, by which I mean left, side of the car too. About 50% of their cars are manual transmission although you can find automatics to rent and buy quite easily. Their language system is more…

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Day 0 – Goin to the Land Down Unda (Can you hear, can you hear that thunda)

This morning I got up at 6:30 a.m. and met my friends for breakfast at Waffle’s Cafe in West Valley. It was a fun, happy time full of laughter, waffles, eggs, and Monte Cristo sandwiches. At 9:30 Skyler took me to the airport and I began my long journey which would take me over 30 hours of real travel time and closer to 48 including the time change. In the Yakima airport I met an elderly lady who was traveling with her granddaughter on her way back to Orange County in California. She had apparently had several strokes, which left…

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