Just another week in Australia…

Oh my goodness! I am so excited to be blogging for you today. (Really, I am!)

BIG NEWS!!! I’m going to SYDNEY Thursday to Monday!!! Watch out for my blog next week– there will be some AWESOME pictures and stories, I’m sure… fingers crossed!

Well, where should I start? I’ll start off by saying the past few weeks I have been oddly hyper, so I apologize if I jump around in thought…

I AM SO EXCITED! I only have ONE project left for the semester and then three exams. How crazy! Just a few weeks ago, I was stressed and making to-do lists all the time. No more, I say! No more! One thing I’ve learned to understand in Australia–Class is HARD. The grading criteria is less rigorous but the grading is much more difficult than home. Strange, but I’ve adjusted. No worries, Dad… I have been passing all of my classes and receiving good grades! Remember– I did get my brains from you ( I know that scares you. Ha! Ha! Ha!)

Okay, I’m over talking about classes. I have decided to dedicate at least ONE hour a day to the pool. No, I don’t mean swimming, I mean soaking up the sun at the pool. I am not as tan as I want to be. And the view at the pool is beautiful! (See, its “down under”)

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It is like this every single day! I have to admit it… I do miss fall and seeing everyone post pictures of all the leaves changing colors makes me homesick, but I would say that summer weather at the end of October is a perk. I’m not mad about it!

I’ve recently rediscovered my love for Starbucks. The closest Starbucks to campus is about a 20 minute bus ride, so it is TOTALLY worth it. I’m still not a big coffee drinker, but I’m falling in love with tea. The best part of Starbucks is the view. It is right by the ocean. I normally go with Hillary and Diana, and we will sit and talk while we listen to the ocean. There is nothing more exciting and peaceful at the same time.

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After Starbucks we HAVE to go to the beach.. I debated on diving into the sand, then I almost fell… So, I avoided the water. I’ve already had to buy THREE prepaid phones. How those went missing, we will not discuss…

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A few things I have learned:

Sunburn is not my friend. I need to put on HEAPS of sunblock. Especially when I have a tendency to fall asleep at the pool.

Kangaroos are adorable (BUT they are vicious!!)… I took these pictures ON CAMPUS. No zoom was used.

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That is all! I promised more pictures– I’m delivering.

Thanks so much for reading!

Pat

PS– I’m still planning to run the Cleveland 1/2 Marathon! I’ve ran 25 miles since October 12!

I falling in love with running. Weird. But a great type of weird. If any of you are runners and have any tips, please let me know!

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3 thoughts on “Just another week in Australia…

  1. I’m so happy and excited for you! Your blogs are very interesting and enjoyable…just like you! It will be hard for you when you leave but you will bring back so many memories! Enjoy the rest of your time there and I will look forward to your return!

  2. I would trade the fall weather for a few months down under……..the pool looks wonderful! As does the ocean! Love your blogs and You!!!

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