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Car’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Location: back in newcastle, Australia

MapThere's nothing like Australian Rain. It's lonely, but comforting. It doesn't MAKE me feel lonely, it makes me feel comfortable, but it creates a lonely atmosphere here on campus. It's winter here to the Aussies, and they hide from the rain--it's a warm rain, to me. More like a light spring rain, the kind I like to run in. Here on Uni it becomes quite lonely in the rain because everybody ducks inside...I get crazy looks from the fellow students passing by whenever I stop in the rain...But I think it's lovely. I guess coming from the cold snowy, rainy, sleeting, New Hampshire winter, "cold" here doesn't really seem to phase me. I still find it funny when I see people walking around all bundled up. Today it rained, and I wore a dress.

The rest of my Gold Coast trip was fantastic. It still rained, still a pleasant lonely rain. I walked around the city by myself and enjoyed it, knowing despite the rain I would never forgive myself if I went all the way to Surfer's Paradise and didn't spend time at the beach. Although I didn't get to surf because the ocean was restricted due to hazardous conditions...aka really big friggen waves and a current that could probably drag my little 5 foot 6, 120 pound body back to New Hampshire, I did manage to stick my toes in the water without getting swept away. On a warmer, sunnier note, Monday was absolutely gorgeous and The girls and I squeezed in a shopping trip and ate lunch outside. Our last night In Surfers was a great one as well. We went to this bar called fishO's and drank by the harbor and danced to a live band all night.

Sam and I found ourselves counting down until we could see each other. I received a witty text in which he had calculated the exact days, hours, minutes, and seconds until I returned. It put a big "smile on my dial."

Pictures coming soon, i promise.

I'm almost finished with all my classes. I'm a little stunned that this semester flew by as quickly as it did. I feels like a week ago I was having anxieties about not knowing my way around campus and next Thursday is my last class and I'll be saying goodbye to this campus. I have two finals due Monday and one due in 2 weeks, but other than that I'm done. It's going to be really nice to be able to relax with all my favorite people, but the closer I get to saying goodbyes the more nervous I get, not even to go home really, but to be the last one left here. I'm staying until July 12th with Sam and pretty much everyone else is leaving by June 28th. Saying goodbye to all the wonderful people I've met here who will be leaving before me will be hard, but I'm glad a decided to stay 2 extra weeks.

I met Sam's dad last night and after the unexpected, hour long conversation we had in a grocery store parking lot, Sam and I both left stunned that there wasn't a single awkward silence or broken moment in the conversation. His dad and I talked almost as if we'd already known each other. I was extremely pleased with his personality, and even more pleased at how alike Sam and his dad seem. They share the same sense of Humor.

That's all for now, I have a bus to catch.
Love & miss you all,
-Car