After a very long twenty-three hour flight, I have arrived in Australia! I have been here for about two weeks already and have done things most people are never able to do in their entire lives.
We spent the first week in Carins where everyday was packed with activities, meeting new people and learning about the Australian culture. Me, along with about 70 other students from all over the country, stayed in a youth hostel for the week. We spent our mornings in sessions where we learned the history and customs of Australia. Did you know that Australia currently has their first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard? Or did you know that there is absolutely no tipping in Australia? Not even in restaurants!
While in Cairns, I was able to pet and feed a kangaroo! They are so friendly and are willing to come right up to you. I also held a snake around my neck, which was terrifying but exciting all at the same time, and finally I was also able to hold a koala bear. I did all this just on the first day after arriving.
And the next few days were just as exciting! I went scuba diving as well as snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. I saw a reef shark, a stingray, and lots of beautiful fishes! My last day in Carins was spent horseback riding in the rainforest, where we rode our horses into the river. Once this week was over, it was time to fly to my school in Newcastle, which is just above Sydney.
Once I arrived in Newcastle, I got settled into my dorm room and started making friends right away because everyone is so friendly here. This past week is called "O-Week" and that stands for orientation week. There are no classes this week and my internship in Australia hasn't started yet, you just spend all day long meeting new people in your dorm and exploring the college.
I registered for two writing classes as well as a theology class and my internship. Classes start Monday and I just can't wait to start learning and exploring more, keeping you updated along the way!