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Arriving in Australia

Time February 24th, 2014 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Exactly a week ago today, I landed in Australia. I still cannot believe how much I have accomplished in the last week. It’s funny how crazy one week can truly be, so please bear with me as I do my best to fill you all in…

On Saturday, February 15th, I walked into LAX with two suitcases, along with a carry-on bag. A day prior, I flew in from the East coast. As I checked my bags in, I got an insane amount of butterflies in my stomach. I still can’t get over how much my nerves got to me. It wasn’t that I was nervous to go to Australia, it was the fact that as soon as I got my boarding pass, reality set in. Right then and there, I knew that there was no going back and that I was actually taking this ginormous leap that I had dreamed of for so long. My dream of studying abroad on the Gold Coast was finally coming true! Obviously, I was scared of traveling overseas but luckily, I had the pleasure of having one of my best friends with me. Originally, I planned on embarking on this journey alone, but it was a blessing in disguise that my best friend Catie decided to come along for the adventure of a lifetime.

The flight was around 15 hours long, but surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad. I lucked out and slept for most of it. When we landed at the airport in Sydney, there were people in purple IFSA Butler shirts waiting for us. The program held orientation in Sydney, where we got to explore the wonderful city. On the first day, we were given a free tour, where we learned a lot about the history of Sydney and Australia as a whole. We also got to see the Sydney Opera House, which was a “must do” while in Sydney! The second day, we traveled to Featherdale Wildlife Park and The Blue Mountains. This day was my favorite day of IFSA Butler’s orientation. At Featherdale Wildlife Park, I was overwhelmed with happiness. It was an experience like no other. It was so much fun seeing all the animals and getting to pose with baby kangaroos! It was amazing to take in some of the spectacular views of the Blue Mountains just west of the city. A park ranger took us on a hike and told us heaps of information as we trailed along. After our hike, we learned aboutĀ Aboriginal Culture. It was a very neat presentation. For ourĀ last night in Sydney, we went on a cruise around the Sydney Harbour and had dinner and drinks on the boat. We had the best view of the city out on the water, it was a fantastic end to our time in Sydney. The next day, we flew to the Gold Coast. Now that I am officially moved into the Student Village at Griffith University, and I have my Wifi all set up, expect posts on the daily :)