Amanda D - Wollongong, Australia - Spring 2014
Wow it was humid. The heat and humidity hit me when I stepped off of the plane, officially ending the 14 hour flight from LAX to Brisbane. The second thing to hit me was the all of the tropical plants! There were even more palm trees than LA. Even though I was extremely exhausted from flying to the other side of the world, I had no problem stopping to take a few pictures. Maybe it was the honeymoon phase kicking in but everything looked beautiful.
Aside from the scenery, the next thing that I was so impressed with was how easy it was to make friends. Aside from a pair of best friends, no one else knew each other and everyone was open to meeting new people. My Globalinks group was a few people short of 200, most of them female, who were going to go to various universities along the coast. I was able to find 16 people who were also going to go to the University of Wollongong. We quickly grew close together threw all of the activities that Globalinks had planned for us.
The food is great. It was really hard to not eat any of the rich food for the first couple of days. Everything looked so good. One of the first new foods I tried was Vegemite. It's actually not that bad. Many Australians actually hate the stuff but it is common to find Australians who have eaten it by the spoon full since they were kids.
In one of the pictures that I provided I posed with a group of my friends when we were getting ready to scuba and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef. In the second picture I provided, some of my friends and I entered a didgeridoo playing contest. Everything was so much! Even when school starts again, Globalinks and the University Constantly plan fun things to do.