Wednesday, October 1, 2008

where does the time go?

So we are now an hour and a half into October and I really have no idea where the time went. I suppose it was eaten by the large number of papers I have had but still... it’s somewhat ridiculous. I also think that only having a 3 day week contributes greatly. Before you get over the Mondays it is Wednesday and then it’s the weekend… and we all know that weekends fly by like nobody’s business.


On a completely random note, I have become absolutely obsessed w/ On A Sensual Note’s album and have been listening to it incessantly recently.


Classes are trudging on. I only have one or two assessments left for each subject which is absolutely nuts. We are currently in the middle of our mid-session break which is really more like 3/4 of the way through the session break since we have finished 10 of the 13 weeks after which we have 1 week of study break and 2 of finals and then the session is over and it is time to go home... or travel. I still haven’t worked out my plans but will b doing that very soon. I do know that my visa expires on December 10th so I will be home by then.


A couple of weeks back we had harbour cruise... which is affectionately known as the “booze cruise” due to the fact that we spend four hours out on the harbour w/ an open bar. It is apparently very difficult to judge how drunk you are when you already can’t stand due to the fact that you are on a boat.


For part 1 of midsession break I went to Brisbane with Pam this past Thursday thru Tuesday. It was a lot of fun. I got to see UQ and Kate which was really nice... even if it did leave me feeling pretty homesick. We started at a hostel that was absolutely sketch-tastic and far away from everything so we moved to a different one where we were sharing a room w/ a total of 13 people. We went to Mt. Coot-tha, the botanical gardens, and surfer’s paradise and I managed not to get sunburned at all… which is no minor feat when you consider the fact that I fell asleep on the beach for 2 hours. The trip was a lot of fun but not particularly blog worthy. However, when I got back, the shrieks that accompanied the realisation of my return may have left me partially deaf... it’s absolutely delightful to be loved :-D.


On that note... before I left people told me about reverse culture shock and I thought that was absolute nonsense but I’m starting to see how it could happen. I’ve gotten so used to being American being cause for insults and seeing my country through the rest of the world’s eyes. Let me tell you... it’s not a pretty picture. I’ve been working so hard on getting the Aussie into my language that I’m pretty sure it will be hard to shake when I get back. Then there are the people I’ve met here. Missing everyone back home isn’t so bad because I know I will see you all again sooner or later but I have no idea when I’m going to see these people again... or if I’ll see them… which is kind of stressing relationships. It almost feels like I’m wasting my time by fully throwing myself into spending time with these people but oh well… I’m doing it anyway and having an awesome time.


I think that is overall a good update on my life. I would like to point out that my inbox has been sadly empty in terms of updates from AU! Keep me updated people! I suppose that is all for now...


Interesting Oz Fact: Poisonous things kind of just show up around us like the spider that appeared in Amy’s room and the bird that is nesting in the field. As Kate said... be careful. Everything in Australia can kill you.

1 comment:

aaa8380 said...

Heather!!

Reverse culture shock sounds scary. I suggest that you completely enjoy Australia while you can, which I know you'll do...

I'm so jealous that you got to spend time with Kathy and go to a mountain called Cool-tha!

I hope you're recovering from your booze cruise, gurl.
~Amanda