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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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Emma: “Give it a go”

February 11, 2010

Where do I even begin…besides the fact that Australia is honestly the most beautiful place I have ever been and the moment I stepped off the plane I knew it would be hard to leave. I have been crazy busy the last few days and have had no time to just sit.

I left LA on Feb 6, boarded the plane, which I would be on for the next 14 hours sat back and relaxed. The ride seriously was not bad at all, I slept for a good 8 hours watched a few movies and chatted with the girls next to me. Quantas is the nicest and cutest airline ever. We got offered tea and cocoa all the time, got ham and cheese sandwiches for “morning tea” and a ton of other goodies. They even handed out bags to recycle your stuff in instead of just throwing it away. We landed in Brisbane at about 7:30 AM Aussie time and then got on our connect to Cairns.

I have been staying at the Bohemia Resort in Cairns for the past 4 days and it is gorgeous. It’s a hostel with a pool, bar, and bbq pit. I am in a room with three other girls that are also going to The University of Sydney. The whole time I have been here, I have been fed super well (all included with the program I am going through) and have not stopped smiling once.

I have also held a Koala, pet and fed a kangaroo, gone swimming in mossmon gorge, gone to Cape Tribulation, found a sand dollar at the beach, saw where Steve Irwin died, ate crocodile meat and am diving the Great Barrier Reef tomorrow! I would say that is a lot for only being here four days.

The second day I was here, I went on a Jungle Tour with a bunch of other students and this is where we swam in the gorge. It was hidden way back in the rainforest and had tons of rocks to lay out on. We would jump in off the rocks into the rapids and then be pushed down the river. We also went to the Daintree Rainforest ice cream shop, where they had tons of fresh fruit trees. They picked the fruit daily and would make ice cream out of it. It has been so nice to eat so many fresh fruits and vegetables. Wayyyyy better then in the states.

I am thoroughly enjoying living the life with “no worries.” All the people are so nice and caring. The food here is so fresh, they don’t have hot dog buns only bread, there yield signs say “give way,” I tried vegemite and it is the most disgusting thing I have ever put in my mouth, and I am so excited to get to Sydney on Saturday and hang out with even more Australians!

But for now G’day from down under.

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