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

Seal kiss with Doran. Like my uniform?

Frederick on the guitar

Silly silly tourists...

Am I really posing for a picture in a peanut field? (Me,...

This week I have done a variety of different things. On Monday during my internship two of the guys decided to surprise me by including me in the otter presentation. They have been working diligently at taming and training them. They had me go into their area and just sit down so the otter could climb up on me and get fed off of me. For those of you who don't know, the otter is in the same family as the skunk which is the Mustelid family. I was flattered that they would include me in the presentation, but I couldn't stand to be around myself for the rest of the day. Malcolm had the otters on me like 3 separate times and they were even on my head at one point. The joys of being an intern...

I was also at my internship on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday I followed around a school group with Hing, the Education Supervisor. For the first time in my life I was interested in the science of animals. On Friday I got another seal kiss and I even got a picture of it too. As soon as I get my hands on a scanner I promise I will add it to this webpage. After this week I can truly say that I love my internship at UnderWater World. I'm even planning on doing a shark dive in the near future.

My pleasant experiences at UnderWater World are just the beginning of my perfect week. On Friday evening three of us girls had two French men, Frederick and Jean Charles, cook us super. After super Frederick played his guitar for us. He was so amazing at playing the guitar; he just kicked one song out after another. I'll have to attach a picture of Frederick. His English was a bit sketchy, but his French accent was very nice to listen to. Once again I had an early morning on Saturday. We went to Kingaroy with a friend for the night to experience a food and wine festival. Kingaroy has a population of about 12,000 and could be considered the peanut capital of Australia. The food and wine festival was a great experience; however it ended up being an early night with all of us in bed by 8:00! Today we visited a bunch of peanut farms. The girl we went to Kingaroy with, Angela, grew up on a peanut farm. By the end of the day we ended up with enough peanuts to feed an army. We even had fresh peanuts sent home with us that we are going to cook on our own. I guess Ang is going to boil some and roast the rest. Let me tell you what, I've learnt a thing or two about peanuts this weekend.

As a closure, I'd just like to let you guys know that I've booked my flight to New Zealand. We will be leaving for Christchurch on March 27th and we will be there for exactly a week. I would estimate that there will be a total of about 15 of us international students going. We don't exactly have a game plan yet, so if you know of anything worth seeing while we are there you should let me know. Right now all I know is that we are renting a bus and we are going to go from hostel to hostel while we are there.

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