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Emma: Roo

May 3, 2010

May…how in the world can it already by May!? As my other friends studying abroad in Europe begin to end their semesters, it is starting to hit me that I only have a short time left. Not much to report back to about the uni part of this past week, I don’t have any big assessments due for another two weeks so its smooth sailing for a little bit.

On Thursday we had an Asian Feast at Sydney University Village. Some of the different Asian student groups came and made their culture’s delicacies for us to try for free. We were also able to learn how to make dumplings, some form of chicken, and also Mochi, which was the consistency of overcooked gnocchi. It tasted like play dough with a peanut coating… Disgusting to say the least. But everything else was good and it was interesting to see all of the Asian people interacting with each other in what seemed to be their own element.

Friday was a rainy day in Sydney (sad) but we spent the day planning our epic adventure to Katoomba for the following day.

Saturday, my friend Montana and I leave for the train station at around 7:45 for the 8:18 train to Katoomba. After grabbing a coffee and some raspberry banana bread, we start walking to the station not realizing we were walking to slow and just chatting. We looked at the time and realized it was 8:12. So we took off running but still missed it and had to sit around for an hour waiting for the next train.

When the next train got there we found ourselves in what felt like the 1930’s with leather olive green seats and some nasty carpet on the ground. We then made ourselves comfortable for the 2 hour train ride to Katoomba. On the train we heard a man talking about frying up a kangaroo for dinner, and also catching a snake to eat as well. Then while looking out the window at one of the stops we saw a woman walking with a parakeet on a leash. As this is happening I sat wondering where in the world the train was taking me and what I was about to get in to.

When we arrived in Katoomba we got off the train and were greeted by the smell of pine trees and camp fires. It reminded me so much of Eagle River, Wisconsin. It was small mountain town with lots of cafes and mountaineering stores. Very quaint and the air was crisp and cool. It was nice to be out in the bush for a bit and out of the hustle and bustle of the city.

The trail we hiked was around a 2.5 hour hike and included a GIANT stairway, The infamous Three Sisters, water falls, a mining town, and ended with a cable ride back to the top. We met an Australian band called Blue Juice on the trail, took so many pictures, went off the trail and climbed on rocks in a river, carved our names in everything we could and had a great time in the great outdoors. The views were gorgeous, and throughout the morning it was so neat to see the fog gradually rise above the trees.

By the end of the day we were exhausted and ready for the train ride home.

Sunday was just another lazy day at the beach and man do those never ever get old! I honestly don’t know what I am going to do when I can’t wake up in the morning and spontaneously just go to the beach. This week we are going to watch some friends play in their water polo finals out at the Olympic Park, go on a Harbor Cruise, and continue to live the dream.

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