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

Huge reptile


Main waterfall

When Saturday came this week I didn't think that there was anything worth doing a journal entry on. Once again it rained the entire week and the highlight of my week was going to the plaza to buy sandals. Thursday I was able to work during a sleepover at UnderWater World and so that was pretty cool, but I didn't think that it was worthy of a journal entry. My first major report was due this week and so that took a lot out of me. Quite honestly the excitement of my week was seeing an abundance of girls use aerosol deodorant in public. That would be in one of my tutorials and at the food court in the plaza for example. I didn't even know they still made it! It is obviously quite the rage here.

All of the locals here were happy to see the rain. They said that they haven't seen this much rain in two years and they needed the rain for the crops. I on the other hand wasn't impressed by all the rain. I swear I hadn't seen the sun since before New Zealand. Luckily the weather on Saturday and Sunday couldn't have been any better. I was actually able to lay out by the pool for a few minutes before I got panic attacks over all of my assessments that I need to be working on. I have FIVE projects I am working on and TWO presentations that are all going to be due within the first week and a half of May! I only have four days left at my internship though and so that will be a relief to be done and over with. It has been an honor to get experience there, but it feels like I have a full time job on top of my studies here.

With the reality that my bank account is rapidly depleting I decided to stay in this weekend and have some down time. As you know I definitely didn't have a shortage of school work to do.

My blah week turned around when my "Australian angel" came to visit me today. Angie, Kristine, and I decided to take a break and go to the Buderim Forest Park which was only about a 15 minute drive from campus. Located on the edge of town, this forest was definitely one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life. I seriously thought I had died and went to heaven it was so spectacular. No picture will ever do justice to this park. There were waterfalls all over and we could have even gone for a swim beneath the waterfall and in the pool if we would have liked. When we first arrived we were greeted by one of the largest reptiles I have ever seen. At first I thought it was a snake because all I could see was its tail from around the tree, but once we went to go investigate it turned out to be a lizard looking thing that was at least two feet long! It was definitely a bit larger than the 2 inch iguana type thing that wouldn't leave Kristine's room earlier in the week.

Right now I am in the process of making boiled peanuts for the first time. Angie is the expert at it even though she doesn't even eat it because she grew up on a peanut farm. If you want to make boiled peanuts pretty much all you have to do is boil the shelled peanuts with tons of salt for a good couple of HOURS. Once the shell gets soggy they are good to eat and you just take them out of the shell and eat them with lots of salt. We have a huge bag of peanuts from when we visited Kingaroy and so I will probably be eating a lot of them in the near future.

On an end note I would just like to let you all know that I am going to Sydney on Friday and that I will be staying there until Tuesday morning. It is Anzac Day on Monday which I believe is the equivalent to our 4th of July. Hopefully the holiday doesn't cause too much of a burden on our trip because it sure was a treat to travel New Zealand over the Easter holiday! For at least two days while I was in New Zealand I had to pay an extra 15% for everything I purchased because of some new law they passed!

I"ll try to get some pictures to you guys as soon as possible. Unfortunately their internet services here is substandard. Between checking my hotmail account and uploading my New Zealand pictures I used up my internet for the month on the 12th! Sorry guys, I'm trying my best! :)

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