It is hard to imagine that I’ve already been in Brisbane for two and a half weeks. On one hand, two and a half weeks is a very short amount of time especially when I calculate how many wonderful things have transpired since I first arrived. Upon my landing, I was swiftly transported to my home called Westella, a large student shared house with 21 other foreign exchange students, where I was greeted by my first five friends who were up early to watch the World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Spain. I was immediately welcomed in and watched the rest of the match with these five people who’s numbers slowly grew to eight as the morning wore on. After three hours of bonding, I finally felt it wouldn’t be anti-social of me to excuse myself and change my clothes for the first time in 24 hours. I got ready for a very busy day which began by putting real food in my belly, shopping for groceries, unpacking, opening a bank account, visiting my Uni to print my student card, and ending with dinner at Chop Change. It was this day that I first truly appreciated American portions and prices, I will never ever complain again. Ever.
In the days that followed, I was able to meet my lovely housemates, who I all love and feel so thankful to have as my friends. We’ve been able to get to know Brisbane together and have spent many days seeing all the attractions of the city.
Some of such iconic locations include Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Surfer’s Paradise, the Sunshine Coast, and my new favorite hang-out spot; South Bank. Apart from these, I’ve spent numerous days exploring West End where I live. I cannot imagine a more perfect neighborhood to call home for the next couple of months. There are cafes and restaurants up and down boundary, a dozen venues with live music, and a mutual agreement between residents to live as natural and sustainable as possible. These last 2.5 weeks have been filled with relaxing times, great friends, and more than a dozen memories. I’ve been having so much fun that I nearly forgot the main reason why I was here was for school. Today I finally had my first day of real class; the first being Australian Terrestrial Life and the other being Environmental Sociology. Both seem keen and I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and out into the field with the terrestrial life course. The campus is situated atop a hill and has numerous ponds and lakes that break up the scattering of buildings. I’m excited to grab my laptop and head to the library for my first study session. That’s all for now!