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Kaley: beach volleyball & upcoming classes

March 13, 2010

I thought classes were in full swing, but I was wrong. The only tutorial that fit in my schedule got canceled, so I had to figure out another class to take. Fortunately, I figured out that there’s another course that will transfer as Animal Science credit, AND I get to go on field trips to Fraser Island, national parks, and the Australia Zoo! So now next week will actually (hopefully) start feeling like my first week of classes.

This past week consisted of finalizing New Zealand plans, figuring out what the next few weeks will be like, and joining the Beach Volleyball Club. I don’t play volleyball but after meeting the team on Friday night I don’t regret my decision. I’ve spent a lot of the past few days at the manmade beach in the middle of the city and yesterday went out to Broad Beach on the Gold Coast. The wind was ridiculous which made the waves amazing but being blasted by the sand took the fun out of laying on the beach. Not much new going on, just getting used to living here!

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Kaley: pictures

March 2, 2010

It’s easier for me to upload pictures on kaleysmith.myphotoalbum.com so if you want to see my pictures, there they are! But here are a few example of what you’ll find there.

It’s been pouring rain for the past 3 days, but it hasn’t rained here for like 3 years so it’s not so bad. My course schedule got pretty crazy after the first day because genetics (most important course) was cancelled for the semester so I had to redo everything, but I got it all figured out and so after this week it should be smooth sailing:)
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Kaley: Home sweet home

February 18, 2010

Finally all moved in to my flat in Brisbane. it’s 4 boys, 2 girls, all people I’ve spend the past week with so it should be interesting and fun. We blew a fuse playing some music the first 10 minutes.

Anyway, on Tuesday we planted trees for the Cassowaries and then went out to a pub crawl (they do those way too much in Cairns). Wednesday was the best day… The Great Barrier Reef. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my whole life. We swam with sea turtles and stingrays among other things. I can’t really describe it so just come and see it yourself!

First night in Brisbane was really good, we went out downtown, met some Aussies and went over to their house which ended up being really close to where we lived. I’m not sure that sleep is a concern here so I was lucky enough to watch the sunrise this morning and am still trying to find time for a nap. Aussies love to party (the good way not the sloppy way).

One of the people we hung out with last night was a red head and she preferred to be called “ranga.” yessssss. They all have nicknames here, usually dropping the end of your name and adding  “ie.” Did I mention that I like veggiemite? It’s not actually that bad, kind of like a really salty sandwich spread but it’s good with just bread and butter. Anyway, I’m going to the Uni today to get my student ID card and look at the campus, which I hear is beautiful.

One of the kids who lives a couple floors below us wants to go to a national park and cliff dive sometime this weekend so I may be doing that… otherwise I don’t start school until the 2nd and probably need to find a beach!
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Kaley: I have arrived!

February 15, 2010

Well my mates, I’m here! I’ve completely lost track of the days and still haven’t figured out the time difference because I really haven’t had time to so I just count on someone here knowing it. Basically I’ll brief what’s been happening since I left.

I thought I wasn’t going to leave Minnesota because my flight was originally to Dallas then LA and all flights out of Dallas were cancelled. I ended up flying to Chicago with a 3 hour layover and then made it to LA in time for the group flight to Australia. LA to Brisbane was 15 hours and I slept about 7. The rest I was watching a movie (accidentally cuddling with my neighbor who is now a friend) and looking at the islands we were flying over. Everyone of the flight had Aussie accents so it made the flight that much better. Brisbane was really hot and my luggage was difficult to drag but it didn’t compare to Cairns which I don’t even want to think about. Right now I’m sitting by the pool, it’s about 90 degrees and so humid but I’ve never enjoyed myself more. All the days are starting to blur together but I’ll try and brief them.

Day 1: got all moved into our hostel, had a “sausage sizzle” (which is hot dogs on pieces of bread) then went to orientation and learned the Aussie way. We ate dinner then stayed around the hostel and met some kids that had been here for a while.

Day 2: Went to the rainforestation. I held a koala, pet kangaroos, and held a large and in charge snake. Things got crazy. A couple friends and I ate dinner at a really cute restaurant downtown and walked out to the marine and found a nice bar where the bouncer bought a beer for one of my guy friends. “I’m not gay, but it’s not every day I get to buy beer for a good looking black dude.”

Day 3 (today): Today was epic. We had to wake up at 6:30 and we rode out to another place like the rainforestation. We saw tree kangaroos and other animals. Then we went to the oldest rainforest in the world and swam in a cove (I’ll put pictures up when I’ve got time). We saw large spiders, ate green ants that taste like lime, and had some REALLY great ice cream. We saw where Steve Irwin died (RIP) and went to a secluded beach. We also saw a cassowary in the wild (which is rare because there are only like 1500 in the world and they’re the most dangerous birds). Anyway we got back at 7:15 and had to hurry for dinner. Tomorrow we’re planting trees for our volunteer day and the reef is on Wednesday! Then I go back to Brisbane and move into my home for the next couple of months!

Other details: Ketchup doesn’t actually taste different. It’s hard to cross the street when you don’t remember which side the cars are coming from. Every other thing here is “deadly” but I really haven’t seen any of it yet. There are HUGE bats everywhere. Aussies shorten everything.

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