Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lovin' the Country

As I promised to all yous back home updated on what has been going on in the past three months, I shall continue my storytelling with our trip to visit the capital in Canberra on, let's see, oh my gosh!--the 19th of August! I'm so behind. But oh well, that's why i'm writing yous now right?

So our story tonight, or this morning, whatever it may be for you, begins way too early in the morning. We were up around 5 in the morning for our long three hours trip down to Canberra (pronounced can-bra, for all yous back home). So we got up way too early and headed off to the school, luckily our host family took us so we didn't have to worry about public transit. Arriving around 6a.m. at the school we quickly got all packed into the bus and began to the capital.

Now, something you must know before we go too much further into our story today, is that Aussies here hate going to the capital and they think that it is rather pointless to drive all the way down to visit it. This may seem odd to us because there is so much to see in our capital but let me tell you why. For starters, Australia is very young compared to the states. Secondly, they really couldn't decide where to put the capital so they decided that this little town three hours from Sydney would work and thus basically created a capital for themselves. Another reason they don't care to visit; its no where near the coast which is where all the Aussies truely live. No one really lives far from the coast because there is nothing of interest in the middle, therefore no one has interest in going to a small city far from the coast and with nothing to do.

Continuing with the bus ride; with it being so early in the morning, one would think that we might sleep the way there but no we didn't. For most of the ride we conversed betwixed ourselves and Kaylyn and I had some fun playing would you rather. Love it! Anyways, we stopped for morning tea at McDonald's which just so happened to be in the pouring rain, not fun, I totally wasn't expecting the rain. We got to Canberra later on that morning and drove straight to the Parliament House for all of about 5 minutes. we got out, went to the front, took a few pics ( like the one below and above) and then drove around to the embassies.

Kaylyn and Jacob Posing for the camera
Once on embassy row or drive or whatever it was we got to see all the different embassy houses and many of them were grandly decorated to represent their country and what not. Paupa New Guine's was my favorite and then we came around to the US embassy! Woot! We all got really excited to see the America flag waving at the top; I have a pic but it isn't that great so I'll spare you.

 Quick little lesson: Did you know that they imported bricks from Virginia to make our embassy building in Australia? Yeah, me neither until today, or that day rather.

From there we drove to the National Museum which was really fun and exciting. As with the parliament House thought, we got barely any time inside so we had to rush through everything to be back out in the foyer for lunch. I spent much of my time on this trip with Kaylyn (my roommate for those of you who don't know) and with Jacob.We decided to go first to play around in the kids section and we built these cool 3D space ships and planets and would have gotten to see a movie with the, but the thing didn't want to work for us,  so we continued on the the rest of the museum. The photo here is of us having fun with the kids side!

School house rock?
 Our next stop was a revolving theater that told of Australia's history and it was really cool. Then we just wandered around for a bit. I'll let the pictures explain from here for a bit. :-)

So the picture, that looks like a dead stuffed extinct looking creature...well its just that. It's the extinct Tassie (tazzy) Thylocean, which was a cat/dog type animal that was hunted and killed in the early years because farmers thought that it was killing all their animals and herds of sheep.

The windmill picture of Kaylyn and Jacob being well, Kaylyn and Jacob. Not quite sure why there was a windmill in the museum but it turned out to be a fun cool photo. The next is of us at one little spot that showed the old school. school houses and the inside of what they looked like. I love this photo because I look like i'm in trouble whilst Kaylyn is looking on as if I am doing something underhanded.

As this is getting to be rather long, I think that I am going to end this Canberra trip story here and for those who are more interested in what happened next, you'll have to email me or wait till i get back to hear more!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Black Tie @ Bondi

Wow, its been a really long time since I have been here to write you guys about my adventures here in the land down unda. So much has gone on and I'm not sure where to start to catch you up, so it’s a good thing I have little reminders for me here in my computer.

 I'll start out by telling ya'll about the Sydney Flash mob that I got to be apart of that was pretty rad.

Its called Black Tie @ Bondi and the point was to dress up in really nice "black tie" attire and go to the beach and play in the sand and surf like its just another ordinary day. It was tons of fun. Myself and three other ASC kids were there along with a few Aussie guys and gals. 

It was such a blast to be out there in a dress, in the cold and wind and just play in the sand building sandcastles. There weren't that many people there from the facebook group as this was how it was organized and we thought there would be more than the two people that were there to start it off, so we set off to the beach and just had a blasti blast. Our group went down and began to build a sand castle with a moat and all, that was soon washed away by the surf and we were scared away by the numerous blue bottles there too. 
After that we decided to go for a beach run in our dresses. Anna and I were the only ones to actually run the length of the beach and when we got to the south wall we started to stretch out our muscles, it was a long run! And the other people that were there stretching from the real runs were all looking at us quite funny like, but I don't blame them, I was looking at them funny too, I mean why wouldn't you want to go for a nice run in your floor length prom type dress?! Ha 

So we got back to our little picnic and decided to burry Caleb in the sand and make him into a small person and then Alyssa and Katherine made him into Patrick Star. We then decided to gather up the new people and make a massive pyramid and this was fun and all too, but the best was the run down to the water and getting drenched in out suits and dresses. 

We all lined up on the beach,  and then ran full speed to the water and got fully drenched from head to toe. Now not all of the people there followed suit and I think that Anna, myself and Caleb were the only ones to get fully drenched in all our garb. We then came back to the beach, grouped up for pics and then headed off to find a shower and dry clothes.
 Oh what fun!

Friday, October 14, 2011

I'm Terrible at This

Sydney Opera House, from the ferry to Manly Beach
I just recently realized, quite late actually, that I am a horrible person when it comes to keeping you guys updated on what is going on over here on the other side of the world. So much has happened since my last post and I have absolutely no idea where to begin to get yous caught up on my life. So I guess the next few posts will be me trying to slowly update yous on what I have been doing, where my travels have taken me and maybe you'll even get to see some of the awesome photos I've been taking. If you want to just skip all that though and just see the photos, feel free to check out my facebook, as I know many of you probably have been. 

Crashing waves from the Bondi to Coogee Walk

So let's see, as a teaser for you, the next few blogs will be about; a flash mob I was in on Bondi Beach, my trip to the Jenolan Caves with Kaylyn and our host mom, travel to the Olympic Park, a crazy awesome beach hike, our walk across the Harbour Bridge, eating saltwater crocodile pizza with coconut sauce, surfing at Manly, school stuffs, a general blog about life here,  and of course the Outback trip we took--oh my goodness-- like over a month ago! Wow, I've been busier than I thought. I'll leave you with a teaser photo too! Cuz I'm just that nice :-)

Catch yous later!     Dani :-)