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Sunday morning, rain (still) falling

Dear America,

Aussie April has arrived and brought with it the monsoons, in both a metaphorical and literal sense. It’s true that I have needed to use my backpack as a flotation device several times this week to get to class. And no I can’t really remember what it feels like to be dry. Or what sun is. Luckily I have my trusty neon yellow rain jacket that manages to defy logic and actually trap moisture inside it’s vacuum like seal. An added bonus is that anyone within a two mile radius is able to spot me by the vibrancy of this stylin’ slicker – just don’t look too long or the brightness may have adverse effects on your eyesight.  That may be difficult however since I happen to model neon yellow like no one else.

Valuable fashion insights aside, I mentioned that I’ve encountered monsoons of a poetic sort as well. This does not really make sense but I thought it sounded nice. Basically it was an allusion to the fact that this last week consisted of me being drenched with incredible amounts of information from my courses at Uni, (surely my more cultured readers caught onto that innuendo). The class that really soaked me to the bone was my Australian History lecture. On the very first day of April the downpour began. I’ll spare you some of the boring information and tell you that which kept me from daydreaming about the neon yellow rain boots and umbrella I plan on buying:

Did you know that Australia first served as both a prison island and as home to the first experimental British brewery – that’s where Vegemite came from, an experiment gone wrong. It’s also a fact that Aussie sheep are born bright purple but fade to white within a few hours. Koalas were once believed to possess great wisdom/power and so were consulted about all life matters, personal and business. The famed Sydney Opera house was initially a combined dentist’s office and seafood restaurant. In 1824 there was an outbreak of the mysterious W.D disease that compelled Aussies everywhere to bite their fellow Australians. Shark Rodeos were the most popular form of entertainment in Australia, until they were banned. Kangaroo Rodeos were the second most popular form of entertainment in Australia, until they were banned. And finally, Australian History professors always play April Fools Day pranks on their students by teaching them fake historical facts.

Vive l’Australie! – Caroline




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