Yesterday started out as a great day....I went to the beach in the morning and read for a while, and then me and two of my friends headed to campus to rent a bike for the semester. Well, we rented our bikes and everything, but the only problem was that we had to ride them back to where I live... and seeing as it was hot and humid out, I was wearing a short little skirt. So...I got to experience the great adventure of riding a bike in a skirt... I could think of many other ways that situation could have turned out and I would have felt a little less uncomfortable! Besides my biking adventure, I am still fully enjoying the Aussie life! I went to Sydney today with two of my friends and then my Aussie roomie and her friend, which was fun because they got to show us around! We went to the opera house and the Harbour bridge and all that good stuff! Sydney is such an amazing city, and I am definitely going to be going back there a lot. I for sure want to spend a day doing just the Zoo and the Aquarium. Sydney being a wonderful city and all obviously needs to have wonderful food as well. I was lucky enough to enjoy a turkey sandwich (one that I could have probably made myself) for $14. Nothing else came with it... just the sandwich... are we kidding here? Who charges $14 for a sandwich? I now know that I should not go to Sydney and expect a cheap meal!
All of the Australians I have met (well...most of them) are so nice! Even the random ones walking by on the street...everyone says hi to everyone and it is great! I did, however, have this encounter with a woman while I was riding the train to Sydney. Apparently my friends and I were playing M.A.S.H. a little too loud and we got yelled at by this woman on the train who didn't like to hear young adults having a little fun while playing games that should only be played by kids ages 12 and under. But we still enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.
So as each day passes, I begin to see more and more differences between America and Australia. Australia does not have goldfish crackers, almost everyone that goes to college does not pay for their college once they start...instead they start paying it off after they graduate and once they start making more than $35,000, there are not kangaroos just hoping around everywhere in Aussie like a lot of people think, they somehow find a way to shorten every word...sunnies for sunglasses, uni for university, breaky for breakfast...and so forth, they like veggiemite... a lot... and I tried it and I actually like it, everything is WAY more expensive in Australia, they thought it was weird that I ate peanut butter and jelly toast, a lot of their alcohol comes premixed in cans...so they have Smirnoff mixed with Coke already mixed in a can and they are sold in packs of 6 or something, having $2 and $1 coins instead of bills is more annoying than convenient, they say no worries about as often as girls say like, and the list could go on and on. It is fun to notice all the differences tough and learn the culture and lifestyle of Australia and how it compares to America.
I have yet to see any kangaroos, but tomorrow I am leaving for the weekend to go to Merry Beach with the program I came here with, and I am hoping there will be some cute little roos hoping around so I can take heaps of pictures! I have never actually used the word heaps, but it always sounds so cool when I here it, so I think I am going to start! My goal is by the time I leave here, I want to be able to trick an Aussie into believing that I am from Australia...we'll see how that little plan plays out!
Yesterday started out as a great day....I went to the beach in the morning and read for a while, and then me and two of my friends headed to campus to rent a bike for the semester.