I am in Australia!!!! I have to say the culture shock hit me as soon as I landed. It is super hot and humid down here! But it’s awesome, definitely better than the winter weather back home!
So I’ve only been here for 3 days but it feels like I’ve been here for so much longer than that. I think the jet-lag is gone so that’s cool. I am 16 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. So if you really want to know what time it is for me, add 4 hours to EST and switch the am/pm. The first day I got here, I got off the plane at 9 am, and I got to my dorm etc etc and I ended up going to bed at 8 pm and sleeping for 11 hours. Awesome!
***Special Shout Out*** Delta Airlines — you are the best. BEST MOVIE COLLECTION EVER. Ok the flight had the little personal TVs, and the movie list took me 10 minutes to scroll through. AT LEAST LIKE 150 MOVIES TO CHOOSE FROM!!!!!! And there were some gems. I personally watched the following: Finding Nemo (getting in the mood for Australia), Lion King (such a classic), Argo (only the first 15 mins), The Lucky One (I only watched this for Zac Efron), The Sound of Music (I watched this so I could see all the filming locations where I have been to in Salzburg, Austria), and ended with a classic…… The Princess Diaries.
So yeah, there were so many wonderful movies I was freaking out. I didn’t sleep at all on the plane. Maybe I dozed off for an hour? Yeah I’m not surprised at myself so whatevs.
ANYWAY. Australia is super cool. Everyone is super friendly. And has awesome accents… obviously.
I’m living in a University of Wollongong residence hall called the International House. There are students from over 30 countries living here!! It’s crazy. Most of them are from Australia and America, and then there are a ton from Asia. Sooooo the dorm does not have air conditioning. It’s fine. I have my own room so that’s cool, and there are 2 other American girls on my hall who are awesome. Let me just take a minute to say that there are 5 girls on my hall, and 4 guys. And guess what. We all share a hall bathroom. Yep. Co-ed bathrooms. But you know, it’s actually not that bad. No one is in the bathroom at the same time so it works out I guess. Just another thing to get used to!
They serve us breakfast and dinner here at the dorm, and it’s been pretty good so far! I’m planning on trying the infamous Vegemite this morning so I’ll let you know how that goes! Also, Australia loves meat. So good thing I’m not a vegetarian anymore!
There are so many things I could write about but it would take forever so here are some highlights:
-my CIEE study abroad group had orientation monday, and we did super cool stuff like go to this mountain overlook, eat lunch at an Italian restaurant on the beach, and walk around a mall
-the University is super awesome and wonderful and if it was in the US I would’ve gone there. It also has 26,000 students so that is a huge transition compared to Wofford’s 1,500!!
-there is a bird outside my window that sounds like a small child pretending to sound like goat.
-Australia is in a drought, so they encourage 5 minute showers. it’s actually really not that hard! It’s cool to see that everybody in Australia respects the water shortage and really tries to conserve water.
-I constantly get made fun of for saying “y’all”
Well that’s it for now… another update to come soon! Here are some pics: