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Emma: Hunter Valley Time

March 28, 2010

Hello Again! The weeks here seem to fly by even faster then at home and I constantly find myself asking where is all the time going. I just wish everything could slow down. But like everyone told me before I even left, “your time abroad literally flashes before your eyes.”

On Tuesday night we randomly heard about a free, yes I said FREE Ke$ha concert at a park a short bus ride away from where I am. So naturally we hopped on the bus got to the park ran to the venue that Ke$ha was apparently performing at. Sweating and tired from running we pushed our way through the crowd of screaming 12 year olds to get a better view of the stage. The whole time I am laughing saying that it is probably not even the real Ke$ha but either way I was excited. Finally she came on stage, yes the real Ke$ha sang about 5 songs (I only cared about Tik Tok) dumped glitter all over herself and then left the stage.

Wednesday was the “Messy” (Med Science) Pub Crawl. We went out for a few drinks with the future doctors of the world. People here seriously love pub crawls. There was another one going on the same night of all exercise science majors. They all had to wear their white lab coats and that eventually turned into a huge graffiti party.

Friday was Beach Day. Oh how I am living the dream. We got up early, went to Bondi Beach, laid out, jumped the waves, got a nice tan, took a nap, listened to Bob Marley. Okay I guess I will stop bragging. But seriously this NEVER gets old.

Saturday was a day filled with wine, cheese, a sausage sizzle, beer, and you guessed it more wine. We boarded the bus with Ronnie as our driver and took off for The Hunter Valley. There are hundreds upon hundreds of wineries and vineyards in The Hunter Valley.

The first stop was Drayton’s Family Wines. Here we sampled different reds and whites, a white chocolate liqueur, and also port. Our first wine tasting experience was a success. During out tasting out driver Ronnie grilled up some bangers for our sausage sizzle and the best part about it was THEY HAD HOT DOG BUNS. The first buns we had seen since being here.

The next winery we went to was called McGuigan Wines. Here we were able to try a wine that has won numerous awards at the Sydney Wine Show and many more red wines. A lot of them tasted very earthy but still good. At this point we were becoming such wine connoisseurs. At this same place we did some cheese tasting; it brought me back to the day of cheese judging at the state fair.

Finally we were off to our last stop, which included basically all liqueurs. Butterscotch, “Love in a Bottle”, a few more and we finished off with a shot of “Dragons Breath.” It is pretty much chili infused schnapps and man was it hot. They gave you chocolate to eat afterwards to calm the spiciness. It wasn’t all that bad and after you got used to the spice it was actually like a really warm feeling inside. Never ever would I buy such a thing, but it was a good experience. We then trekked out to the rose bushes that surrounded the place and took a ton of pictures. There were roses of every color all in a row.

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