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Howdy Folks,

 

Sorry for the lengthy delay between posts. This past week marked the start of my mid term examinations so I’ve been all over the place preparing presentations, assignments and exams. Luckily, there is quite a bit of free time outside of class, since each course only meets twice a week. The class time distribution is probably the biggest difference between the University of New South Wales and my home university, Colby College. At Colby, students have three 50-minute classes a week for each subject. Here, each course has a two-hour lecture period with up to 300 students. Then at a later time during the week, the large lecture is broken up into small one-hour tutorials with around twenty students in it. The way my timetable (translates to schedule) is organized, I don’t have class on Tuesday or Wednesday so time has flown by. It seems like yesterday I was posting about the rugby match.

The bright side of my mid semester exams is the mid semester break is merely two weeks away. In fourteen days time, I will be boarding a Qantas flight to Thailand for the adventure of a lifetime. For seven days, a group of seventeen students and I will begin a journey from Bangkok to the south of Thailand. I won’t go into too much detail now because I am sure I will be posting all about it once I return from the trip.

Another activity I have been busy with recently is organizing trips to other bucket list destinations around Australia. After getting denied four times, my friends and I finally booked an airbnb house in Byron Bay. Byron bay is north of Sydney, but still in the same state. It turns out the house we booked is not on the beach, but rather 30 minutes inland, in a jungle. It was not exactly what we were looking for, but the location is only going to make it more adventurous. The biggest difficulty with the location though is that personal transportation is essential. So us, eight Americans, are going to have to focus and help each other drive on the opposite side of the road. It isn’t the most convenient aspect of the trip, but not something that we can’t overcome. I could not be more excited.

Finally, the last trip that I have planned is a two-day, two night voyage on a sailboat. The New Horizons will take its thirty passengers to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands, and other beautiful destinations. Some of my floor mates returned from the New Horizon this week and said it was a trip of a lifetime. I have loved the city of Sydney more than anything, but cannot wait to begin to travel around Australia!

 

Until next time,

Patrick Deniger

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