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Sydney~Australia

I have been teaching now for one month in Sydney, Australia and I absolutly love it! I have made friends with my 10 roommates from all around the world (India, Korea, Japan, Sweden, Columbia, United Kingdom, and France). Being all on my own here in Australia has been a really good thing for me! I am learning so much about how to communicate with the rest of the world and get to know new people. I have been writing a blog outside of the blog about my adventures inside the classroom and out. If you would like to check it out here is the link:) 

http://wanderoz.weebly.com/ 

I hope you enjoy it!

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Sandstone rocks on the Bondi to Coogee walk

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Sydney Opera House

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Coastal city South of Sydney called Wollongong

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Selfie with a “gang” of kangaroos

 



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Final Week in Townsville Australia
As I approach the last week and finish up my finals I am extremely surprised at where the time has gone. I have immensely enjoyed my time here, and I have met so many incredible people! I have learned and grown in my confidence for tackling life no matter where it takes me. Another thing I have learned is patience. The patience to wait for a bus, the patience of meeting new people, the patience of a new schooling system. The idea of leaving is very bittersweet, but I am excited to come home and share my experiences with Minnesota. I am going to miss the wallabies outside my window every morning :)  It’s getting really hot here, and so it is going to be a drastic change to fly home to snow! Last week, a group of friends and I walked to a botanical garden and had a picnic. We sat around for hours just talking and enjoying each others company :) There was a colony of flying fox bats in some of the nearby trees, which is quite a site to be seen. Hundreds and hundreds of sleeping bats hung above us. This was super cool… until one of them pooped on my friend’s head :P It’s supposed to be good luck… or ‘Bat’ luck as we said. There was also numerous butterflies and bush turkeys everywhere. The wildlife here is so diverse and unique. They are all going to be missed dearly by me. Not going to lie though, I am excited to see my squirrels when I get home :D I will forever cherish the memories of Australia, and what I have learned from my adventure here will forever be a presence in my life. There will be an adjustment period once I return home, but I look forward to sharing the boxes of tim-tams and endless stories from my time here in Oz.

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Celebration on the Beach!

I had a birthday that I wont ever forget here in Australia. My frisbee team brought me to Magnetic Island, and we hiked for a long way on the island. The scenery is just gorgeous there! We came to a secluded bay, and that’s where we put down out backpacks and rolled out our sleeping bags… literally right on the beach! It was one of the most fantastic nights of my life! The moon was full, and so it lit up the whole beach in it’s silver light. We played games all night long! We even played Marco Polo in the ocean :D And at the end of the night, we all hunkered down into our sleeping bags and fell asleep right there on the beach, listening to the waves crash on the shore.  The next morning I woke up to flowers and a coconut placed by my head. One of my friends had climbed a tree, gotten a coconut, and cut it open for me to have coconut milk for breakfast! We played a bit of frisbee on the beach before setting out to hike for the rest of the day. Like I said, one of the most memorable birthdays I’ve ever had!

I went diving on the great barrier reef! That was an experience I’m not sure words are going to be able to describe. I got to see the outer reef, and it was just beaming with colors and life! Everywhere I looked something was moving and living. It was so incredible the way everything worked together. Some of my favorite things were the giant clams, sea cucumbers, turtles, and the parrot fish. The parrot fish were exceptionally colorful, and I could hear as they chomped away at the coral. Ahhh, so much fun! We were out on the reef all day, but I swear I could have been there for 10 more days and still not have enough of it. I would love to go back someday to see more.

I have about a month left here in Australia, and a part of me is excited to see my loved ones back home, but another part of me is extremely sad. I’ve met some really incredible people here and  I hate to leave them. We’ve all made deals that it’s their turn to come see me in the future :) I feel like I’ve grown and learned so much as an individual by being submersed in a culture and environment so different from home. I’m excited to Share all that I’ve experienced with everyone back home. Also, I’m excited to say that I am making a stop over in New Zealand on my way home, so I get a few days with that culture as well :)

We saw this mother and her baby while hiking on the Island :)



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Ultimate Frisbee

At the beginning of the semester I randomly decided to try out Ultimate Frisbee. I wanted a reason to be active, and this was my cheapest option to be honest. I didn’t think I’d really get into it, but now two months in it’s my favorite time of the week! I love the game! And it turns out that there is so much more to it that I ever thought from playing back home. My team is small, but that has brought us together. Honestly, my frisbee team are my best friends here. We have so many wonderful adventures outside of frisbee. Last night was a pizza night with Cranium. But just this last weekend we went to Crystal Creek! Which is this absolutely stunning river up by Paluma Rainforest.

The funny story with this is that we had agreed as a frisbee team to go to Alligator Creek since it was closer. Well, our driver clearly heard wrong, because one minute we were jamming out and the next we were up at Paluma. It was hilarious, because there was only four of us and the rest of our frisbee family was at Alligator. We ended up staying and just enjoying ourselves, and then we met up with everyone later for a movie night.

Things in Australia are very similar to home, but different in subtle ways. Life is a laid back party here. There isn’t the stress and pressure on students that I face back home. It’s okay here to take a few gap years to just travel around and see the world. Also, the government pays for most of Australian’s college. So the pressure to get out of school and make tons of money to pay off student loans is just not there, and thus most Australians are very laid back and comfortable about school. They will go out the the clubs twice or more a week! And it’s no big deal at all to skip a lecture or two… or three. It’s a wonderful atmosphere that I have used to clear my head and gain some perspective for when I go back home.

I went to Magnetic Island a few weekends back and got to go bare-back horseback riding into the ocean in just my swim suit! It had to be one of the best moments of my life :) I love all that I’m experiencing here in Oz. It will feel strange to come home when the time comes.



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White River Rafting!!!
This past weekend the Arcadia group went White River Rafting on grade 3 and 4 rapids!!! It was exhilarating and such a rush! It was such an enjoyable weekend, because we stayed in aboriginal country surrounded by mountains and horses and cows :) Our bus unfortunately broke down, but we still managed to make it home safe and sound. Everything here has been going to remarkably well. There is a little big of rivalry between the guys and girls in my college, but it’s all in good fun. Some of the Rugby players sold themselves as slaves for a day to save up for a trip to Brisbane. My friends and I bought another friend and dressed him as a girl for the day. He was a fantastic sport about everything, and had a really good time. We painted his nails and everything :) I am truly enjoying my time here. Everyone is so nice and great fun to be around. Going back to the states will be difficult I think :P

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Week One of Classes

Classes began just on Monday here at JCU. I am taking adaptation to environmental change, Biodiversity of Australia, Photography, and Music Emotion and Meaning. All these classes are going to be very hands on with lots of field work time, which I absolutely love! It allows me to go on lots of trip and experience different parts of Australia. We are taking trips into the rainforest for my biodiversity class for sure.

This monday, I had my first encounter with Garage Band in my music class. They sat us down in front of these massive Mac computers and let us play for two hours. This is something I doubt I would ever have done at home, and I loved every second of it.

All in all, my fist week of classes went smoothly. It took a bit to find where I was going and all, but for sure next week will be fine. The Campus here is much bigger than CSP’s block :P I love it. I love everything about here.



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Townsville
I have been here for a little over a week and have loved every minute of it! It’s tropical and warm, and there are delightful wallabies everywhere. Everyday have felt like an adventure! Today we toured the town and saw some of the beautiful beaches, and stopped at this wonderful swimming place. Everyone thought it was chilly, but being from Minnesota I didn’t find the water to be bad in the least. The people here are so kind! Everyone is curious and wants to hear where you’re from and what are your plans. If you talk to someone for five minutes they are immediately your friend. Our small friend group has grown considerably in this past week, and now we take up many tables at the dinning hall to all fit! It’s crazy, but I love it.

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Sydney~Australia

I have been teaching now for one month in Sydney, Australia and I absolutly love it! I have made friends with my 10 roommates from all around the world (India, Korea, Japan, Sweden, Columbia, United Kingdom, and France). Being all on my own here in Australia has been a really good thing for me! I am learning so much about how to communicate with the rest of the world and get to know new people. I have been writing a blog outside of the blog about my adventures inside the classroom and out. If you would like to check it out here is the link:) 

http://wanderoz.weebly.com/ 

I hope you enjoy it!

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Sandstone rocks on the Bondi to Coogee walk

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Sydney Opera House

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Coastal city South of Sydney called Wollongong

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Selfie with a “gang” of kangaroos

 



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Final Week in Townsville Australia
As I approach the last week and finish up my finals I am extremely surprised at where the time has gone. I have immensely enjoyed my time here, and I have met so many incredible people! I have learned and grown in my confidence for tackling life no matter where it takes me. Another thing I have learned is patience. The patience to wait for a bus, the patience of meeting new people, the patience of a new schooling system. The idea of leaving is very bittersweet, but I am excited to come home and share my experiences with Minnesota. I am going to miss the wallabies outside my window every morning :)  It’s getting really hot here, and so it is going to be a drastic change to fly home to snow! Last week, a group of friends and I walked to a botanical garden and had a picnic. We sat around for hours just talking and enjoying each others company :) There was a colony of flying fox bats in some of the nearby trees, which is quite a site to be seen. Hundreds and hundreds of sleeping bats hung above us. This was super cool… until one of them pooped on my friend’s head :P It’s supposed to be good luck… or ‘Bat’ luck as we said. There was also numerous butterflies and bush turkeys everywhere. The wildlife here is so diverse and unique. They are all going to be missed dearly by me. Not going to lie though, I am excited to see my squirrels when I get home :D I will forever cherish the memories of Australia, and what I have learned from my adventure here will forever be a presence in my life. There will be an adjustment period once I return home, but I look forward to sharing the boxes of tim-tams and endless stories from my time here in Oz.

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Celebration on the Beach!

I had a birthday that I wont ever forget here in Australia. My frisbee team brought me to Magnetic Island, and we hiked for a long way on the island. The scenery is just gorgeous there! We came to a secluded bay, and that’s where we put down out backpacks and rolled out our sleeping bags… literally right on the beach! It was one of the most fantastic nights of my life! The moon was full, and so it lit up the whole beach in it’s silver light. We played games all night long! We even played Marco Polo in the ocean :D And at the end of the night, we all hunkered down into our sleeping bags and fell asleep right there on the beach, listening to the waves crash on the shore.  The next morning I woke up to flowers and a coconut placed by my head. One of my friends had climbed a tree, gotten a coconut, and cut it open for me to have coconut milk for breakfast! We played a bit of frisbee on the beach before setting out to hike for the rest of the day. Like I said, one of the most memorable birthdays I’ve ever had!

I went diving on the great barrier reef! That was an experience I’m not sure words are going to be able to describe. I got to see the outer reef, and it was just beaming with colors and life! Everywhere I looked something was moving and living. It was so incredible the way everything worked together. Some of my favorite things were the giant clams, sea cucumbers, turtles, and the parrot fish. The parrot fish were exceptionally colorful, and I could hear as they chomped away at the coral. Ahhh, so much fun! We were out on the reef all day, but I swear I could have been there for 10 more days and still not have enough of it. I would love to go back someday to see more.

I have about a month left here in Australia, and a part of me is excited to see my loved ones back home, but another part of me is extremely sad. I’ve met some really incredible people here and  I hate to leave them. We’ve all made deals that it’s their turn to come see me in the future :) I feel like I’ve grown and learned so much as an individual by being submersed in a culture and environment so different from home. I’m excited to Share all that I’ve experienced with everyone back home. Also, I’m excited to say that I am making a stop over in New Zealand on my way home, so I get a few days with that culture as well :)

We saw this mother and her baby while hiking on the Island :)



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Ultimate Frisbee

At the beginning of the semester I randomly decided to try out Ultimate Frisbee. I wanted a reason to be active, and this was my cheapest option to be honest. I didn’t think I’d really get into it, but now two months in it’s my favorite time of the week! I love the game! And it turns out that there is so much more to it that I ever thought from playing back home. My team is small, but that has brought us together. Honestly, my frisbee team are my best friends here. We have so many wonderful adventures outside of frisbee. Last night was a pizza night with Cranium. But just this last weekend we went to Crystal Creek! Which is this absolutely stunning river up by Paluma Rainforest.

The funny story with this is that we had agreed as a frisbee team to go to Alligator Creek since it was closer. Well, our driver clearly heard wrong, because one minute we were jamming out and the next we were up at Paluma. It was hilarious, because there was only four of us and the rest of our frisbee family was at Alligator. We ended up staying and just enjoying ourselves, and then we met up with everyone later for a movie night.

Things in Australia are very similar to home, but different in subtle ways. Life is a laid back party here. There isn’t the stress and pressure on students that I face back home. It’s okay here to take a few gap years to just travel around and see the world. Also, the government pays for most of Australian’s college. So the pressure to get out of school and make tons of money to pay off student loans is just not there, and thus most Australians are very laid back and comfortable about school. They will go out the the clubs twice or more a week! And it’s no big deal at all to skip a lecture or two… or three. It’s a wonderful atmosphere that I have used to clear my head and gain some perspective for when I go back home.

I went to Magnetic Island a few weekends back and got to go bare-back horseback riding into the ocean in just my swim suit! It had to be one of the best moments of my life :) I love all that I’m experiencing here in Oz. It will feel strange to come home when the time comes.



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White River Rafting!!!
This past weekend the Arcadia group went White River Rafting on grade 3 and 4 rapids!!! It was exhilarating and such a rush! It was such an enjoyable weekend, because we stayed in aboriginal country surrounded by mountains and horses and cows :) Our bus unfortunately broke down, but we still managed to make it home safe and sound. Everything here has been going to remarkably well. There is a little big of rivalry between the guys and girls in my college, but it’s all in good fun. Some of the Rugby players sold themselves as slaves for a day to save up for a trip to Brisbane. My friends and I bought another friend and dressed him as a girl for the day. He was a fantastic sport about everything, and had a really good time. We painted his nails and everything :) I am truly enjoying my time here. Everyone is so nice and great fun to be around. Going back to the states will be difficult I think :P

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Week One of Classes

Classes began just on Monday here at JCU. I am taking adaptation to environmental change, Biodiversity of Australia, Photography, and Music Emotion and Meaning. All these classes are going to be very hands on with lots of field work time, which I absolutely love! It allows me to go on lots of trip and experience different parts of Australia. We are taking trips into the rainforest for my biodiversity class for sure.

This monday, I had my first encounter with Garage Band in my music class. They sat us down in front of these massive Mac computers and let us play for two hours. This is something I doubt I would ever have done at home, and I loved every second of it.

All in all, my fist week of classes went smoothly. It took a bit to find where I was going and all, but for sure next week will be fine. The Campus here is much bigger than CSP’s block :P I love it. I love everything about here.



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Townsville
I have been here for a little over a week and have loved every minute of it! It’s tropical and warm, and there are delightful wallabies everywhere. Everyday have felt like an adventure! Today we toured the town and saw some of the beautiful beaches, and stopped at this wonderful swimming place. Everyone thought it was chilly, but being from Minnesota I didn’t find the water to be bad in the least. The people here are so kind! Everyone is curious and wants to hear where you’re from and what are your plans. If you talk to someone for five minutes they are immediately your friend. Our small friend group has grown considerably in this past week, and now we take up many tables at the dinning hall to all fit! It’s crazy, but I love it.

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