Callie's Australian Study Abroad - Spring 2005 University of the Sunshine Coast travel blog

This week has been a very rainy one. Believe it or not, the weather with you guys at home was probably better than what it was here for me! Regardless of the poor weather I still had a wonderful week. On Thursday I was able to do a Seal Swim at UnderWater World. It was a lot of fun and it was a nice break during the day. The guys there gave me grief for swimming in the dirty water until I described to them what Lake Pokegama was like.

On Saturday I did another day trip through the university. We went to the Eumundi Markets, found out about Indigenous Australia, and spent some time along the beach in Noosa. For some reason I expected the Eumundi Market to be similar to a flee market back home, but I was definitely mistaken by that assumption. Every Saturday and Wednesday this town turns into a vibrant mecca for shoppers like myself looking for something different. Most of the things there were locally handmade. They only allow the very best of items and crafts to be sold there. Their policy is make it, bake it, design it, sew it, or grow it. There was a variety of different things available there. Artwork, home-made lemonade, fresh breads and seafood, locally grown produce and fresh fruit, face painters, palm reading, and massages are only a few of the things that were available there. Not only was the shopping phenomenal, but there was also great entertainment. There was a lot of diverse music there. The didgerdoo is one of my favorite instruments. Just to give you an idea of how great this experience was, I soon found out that the Eumundi Market has a nation-wide reputation for its superb quality. The color and energy exuded there was amazing. I never really bought anything there because most of it was pretty spendy, but I do have one heck of a long wish list. With this said if any of you guys would like me to buy you something here please let me know. I'm bad at gift shopping and don't really plan on buying many souvenirs.

After the Eumundi Market we walked across the street where we met local members of the Gubbi Gubbi tribe. They did a cultural performance and told us about their history and artifacts that they have found. We then were able to give throwing a returning boomerang a try and go to their gift shop. I did buy a few things there because I found them to be the most affordable. I was a little skeptical of the boomerang throwing because in New Zealand one of my cohorts actually hit himself in the face with his boomerang and hit the ground, but I gave it a go anyways. Unfortunately the boomerang wasn't cooperating and didn't quite come back, but we had a good laugh anyways. I've never been a fan of flying objects. :)

The last part of our trip was in Noosa Heads. It was my first time there, but it was just like Mooloolaba and I'm there practically every day. We had time to walk the beach quick and get a bite to eat before it was time to get back on the bus to head home.

With the conclusion of this journal entry I just thought I would tell you about some of the differences I have experienced here. When asking how a person is they will go "How are you going?" If they want to tell you to try something they tell you to "Give it a go." My beloved pickle is called a gherkin here and is practically impossible to come by. The only place I can get a burger with a pickle on it is McDonalds or Macers as they call it here. A cooler is an esky here and in New Zealand it was a chilly bin. The last difference I can think of telling you is that they say "ta" instead of thank you here a lot, especially after you buy something. They really do say "g'day mate" here too!

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