Late Night Beach Walks, Classes, & More
Fremantle, Western Australia
I have a new nickname! Most of you know me by Elizabeth but I also go by Boo, EB, Eli, and some names my sisters call me that I probably should't list on the blog. Jasmina my friend from Germany has started calling me Liesl (like from The Sound of Music, my other all time favorite movie!). She also listens to the German radio show which always reminds me of car rides with my Grandma when we used to listen to the German radio show.
I am amazed at how American TV and movie is so dominant here. I think the domestic students and the South African girl have seen more American movies than I have. On Sunday night when you were all watching the Oscars we were watching them here on Monday morning.
Tuesday night we went for a walk on the beach at 1:30AM. On our walk we met some employees from the local breweryrestaurant (Little Creatures) who had just gotten off work and decided to go for a late night swim. They promised the next time we come to the restaurant drinks are on them!
I went to mass on Wednesday for Ash Wednesday and for the rest of the day everywhere I went people were informing me that I had "dirt" on my forehead.
Thursday was my groups day to cook community dinner. We had to stay away from 25 different food allergies but we did it! We made bruschetta for the entree, stuffed shells and salad for the main dish, and had ice cream, sorbet, and whipped cream for dessert.
My classes have been going well so far but I still have no desire to do homework. I am settling in and getting into a routine, which includes going to the beach everyday because I mean how fortunate am I to live one block away from the beach!
Here is a little about my classes:
- The Sacraments: the class has a couple other study abroad students and the rest are all seminarians from a number of different countries
- Social Justice: We have a 40 hour service requirement for this class so I am currently in the process of getting my placement
- Australian History: the lecturer is extremely boring but we get to go on a field-trip to Broome where we will campout in the outback for a week, so while I am sitting in class I just keep reminding myself of the field-trip
- Intro to Scripture: This has an interesting setup; I am taking this class at a 300 level which is considered a "senior" class (in Australia students typically only go to university for three years because they do not take general education courses like we do in the Staters). There are only three of us taking the class at the 300 level and all of the other students are taking it as a 400 and 500 level which are considered graduate levels.
I miss everyone back home!