I am in love with this city!
Although classes have commenced I am still taking full advantage of the city around me. I am in love with this city! I cannot get enough and as many of my friends and I have decided, we are afraid we are not going to want to leave come July.
I have class every week day; however, I do not have class any later than 6:00PM on any given day. This means that I can spend my nights hanging out with friends, catching up on homework (this is the not so fun “study” part of “study abroad experience), go into the city, go shopping at the Mac Centre (the grocery shopping never ends!), and so much more!
One of my favorite nights has been a “Girls Night Out” to a Max Brenner Chocolate Bar. About ten of my girl friends walked to the Macquarie Shopping Centre where the chocolate bar is located. We decided we wanted to try multiple items on the menu so five of my friends and I shared three delicious items: the chocolate fondue for two, the Tutti-Frutti waffle, and the chocolate-banana pizza. The pizza was my favorite. It had melted chocolate on sweet dough with bananas, marshmallows, and caramelized pecans on top! Yum!
Another memorable day was the LGBT Mardi Gras in Sydney. When we arrived in the city, three of my friends and I went to Subway for a bite to eat. Next, we went to a bar across the street from Subway. Finally, we made our way over to where the parade was and it was packed! It was way too crowded to see anything over the mass of people, but it was great to see everyone showing so much pride and support. After deciding the parade was too crowded, a bunch of my friends and I decided to go to a club nearby. My friend, Tom had a connection, so we didn’t have to pay a cover charge which was obviously nice. It’s expensive in this city! Anyway, the music in the club was not what I am used to, but it was nice to experience something different than mainstream Top 100 tracks. After the club two of my friends and I decided to head back to the Mac Village and besides the taxi ride home costing my friends and me $70AU, it was a very nice night out.
IFSA-Butler also planned two great events, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The first was a concert at the Sydney Opera House. We saw “The Reef.” It was an incredible performance and I would have never thought that I would have been so fortunate to actually see a show in such an iconic building. He is a link for more information about the show. The second event that IFSA-Butler planned for us was a trip to Manly Beach to snorkel, hang out on the beach, and shop at the surrounding stores. We had instructors teach us a few things about snorkeling and then headed out into the ocean where I got to see about nine different types of beautiful fish and even dark purple sea urchins! It was so cool to see such creatures right off the shore. I would definitley love to do snorkeling again sometime soon.
The “nightlife” here is great to say the least. Just to touch upon it a bit, you can basically party, club, or go to a bar at any time of day. I guess you can say it’s convenient if you’re in the mood to party. Here’s two photographs of me before a Toga party (which was unfortunately too packed to get in to, so my friends and I had our own party) and then a normal photograph from The Ranch (a bar close by to campus that everyone goes to on Wednesday nights). Both were great times.