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Perks of Sydney and IFSA-Butler

The school work continues and finals are just around the corner, but let me touch upon a few of the highlights of the last couple weeks in Sydney.

On May 4th, a few of my roommates and I took the train into the city to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and Circular Quay in general. I truly cannot get enough of Circular Quay’s atmosphere. There really isn’t anything like it. I bought some gelato, enjoyed some window shopping, listened to some street performers, and walked around the MCA. Here are some photos from on the way to and at the MCA:

On the way to the MCA Museum of Contemporary Arts Museum of Contemporary Arts MCA Spiderman!

On May 8th, my new IFSA-Butler advisor Fiona took all of the Macquarie University students including myself out to lunch at the nearby mall. We ordered drinks and many different kinds of pizza at Pizza Crust. I have noticed that pizzas are very elaborate in Australia compared to America. What is considered plain pizza often has a lot of extra spices on it. I definitely don’t have a problem with this though–I love my spices and toppings! My favorite pizza was the vegetable pizza which had an unidentifiable neon green sauce on it that tasted not far from a mixture of honey mustard dressing and pesto. After pizza, we all got gelato or coffee drinks for dessert. I ordered a blended iced coffee drink and it was AMAZING. I’m really missing my Keurig machine here in Australia. A lot of the coffee is instant and it’s simply not the same unless you order a coffee at a cute cafe or Pie Face (which are EVERYWHERE!). But paying $4+ for a good cup of coffee definitely adds up. It sounds so silly but I can’t wait to have a basic iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts when I get back to the States. As much as I enjoy the vanilla ice cream scoop that Australians put in their iced coffee, sometimes it is just too much and I just want ice cubes. Coffee with ice cream is delicious as a dessert, but not as a pick-me-up. Anyway, here’s a photo of the Macquarie University, IFSA-Butler students at Pizza Crust!

IFSA-Butler Lunch!

A few days later, my roommates and I, along with my neighbors ,went into the city for a night out in Sydney. We went to The Orient, where a bunch of the IFSA-Butler students and I had spent a few nights out during our IFSA-Butler orientation. Karaoke was available to all and a few of my friends decided to sign up and give it a try. There were thousands of songs to choose from and it was a blast to watch and listen to them. Some of my friends can sing!  I’d love to go back.

At the Orient After The Orient

The 15th of May, my roommates and I went to Paddy’s market again and I bought some delicious cheap trail mixes. My favorite one was a “pea mix” with wasabi peas, BBQ peas, and more. YUM! Afterwards, we went to the beautiful Chinese Gardens at Darling Harbour, which I was happy to find out only cost three Australian dollars. Pictures don’t really do it justice but here’s a bunch!

The last couple of days I have been planning a trip to New Zealand with one of my roommates from IFSA-Butler! We plan on traveling from Christchurch to Queenstown after we are done with finals! I absolutely cannot wait, especially for our Milford Sound day trip. I’m so lucky to have so many wonderful opportunities.


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