So, since my last post accidently got deleted, I have been putting off coming to blog, because I figured I would have to re-blog everything, in less detail... Anyway, I guess I will have to start somewhere, haha, so I will keep working on this long blog little by little.
Last week, again- The toga party hosted by Weerona College was held on Sunday night, and was a lot of fun. A lot of students here are first years, and went out and bought patterned fabric for their togas. Americans did that too. I received a pack of sheets when I arrived (but didn't like them and went out and bought some different ones) so I just used those. An "After Dark" party bus came and picked us all up, and it was really awesome! I wish we had these at home- it was kind of like a school bus, but it had lights inside and blasted loud party music. I quickly learned at the bar that alcohol is REALLY expensive. The day before we visited a liquor store, and a fifth of Smirnoff vodka is $37, more than the cost of a whole handle in the states. The uni, or university, students all drink cheap, gross boxed wine, like our franzia. It is fairly cheap ($8-15 for 4 liters) and definitely does a good job as a 'pre-drink.' A good price for a mixed drink or a basic shot at a bar is $5, and on pint night equivalent a pint of beer costs $3. I spent some money at the bar, but am vowing after the fact not to do it again while I am here, because there are so many other things I would like to do with my money, like travel!
Anyway, on Monday I laid around for most of the day, and then a new friend Emma and I went to explore International House, or I-House, another dorm in town. My mom had been bugging me to try the food at I-house, and to meet some people there, and Emma had a friend staying there, so we set out. We were told it was just a short walk away, but we kept walking, and walking, and walking... I think we got lost, actually, but the walk would have been a lot anyway. One thing that is different here from home is the distance of a walk or stroll. A walk across Wofford's campus is irritating to most Wofford students, but here that is nothing. Most short walks in Australia would be considered 'treks' by South Carolina standards, and it helps me realize how much we rely on our cars at home!! The food over at I-house was pretty much the same as at Weerona, and the student makeup was not as international as the name sounded.
|On the walk, I took a picture of this pretty flower!|
|During the O-week lecture, a biology professor did a presentation on Australian animals. He was as quirky and entertaining as every bio professor I have ever had, and really fun to listen to about Australian wildlife.|
|I took a photo with transit man during the O-week festival!|
|We shop for groceries at Woolworths! Yummy|
On Thursday we decided to take a day trip up to Sydney via train. We arrived at the train station pretty early in the morning. Round trip tickets up to Sydney are $10.80, and it takes about
1 and a half -2 hours to get into central Sydney. The train runs along some pretty scenery, so I snapped some photos!
When we got to Sydney we immediatley jumped on the train to Circular Quay that would take us to the harbor. When we arrived at the harbor there were a lot of options of ferries we could jump on that went to the zoo, the aquarium, Manly Beach, and to Darling Harbor. We decided we would attempt to walk to Darling Harbor, little did we know....
|Our first view of the harbor! There is a cruise shipped docked and the Sydney bridge is also pictured.|
|feeding the birds! Australia is just like finding nemo- the seagulls in Sydney are more aggressive than any other I have ever seen!|
|Schoolchildren all wear uniforms with matching hats because the sun is SO hot.|
|A wharf on the harbor.|
|the maritime museum in Darling harbor.|
|In the food court of the aquarium this awesome lego statue sits in the center of the room.|
Anyway, after all the walking we did all day in Sydney we were seriously worn out, and I slept on the train ride home... Overall, it was an awesome day. Pictures do not do Sydney Harbor justice, it is a beautiful place!
|Decided to take a dip into the fountain...|
|Sydney Central Station|
|I just had to snap a photo of these at the market- you can buy Kangaroo scrotum souvenirs... uck.|