Time is flying by
It feels like I just landed in Townsville with suitcases in hand, not a clue what to expect. Now, 7 weeks into semester and 2 months in Australia, it still doesn’t feel real to be here. The past few weeks have been filled with laughter, a 4 day Easter weekend, and an almost break down.
To celebrate our 4 day Easter weekend, we kicked it off with a spontaneous beach afternoon and I actually entered into the jellyfish waters, inside the swim net of course. I can now say I’ve been in the South Pacific Ocean. This was also the same day my household learned that we wouldn’t have internet, for the whole holiday weekend. Having a paper due and exam the following week made for a challenging weekend. I actually had to read instead of rely on Netflix. To wrap up the long weekend, my friends and I had our first pot-luck themed dinner. Friends and food make everything better, especially when you are across the world from home.
Next, I had to worry about a stats exam, a fisheries report, and a quiz due all on the same day. Naturally, by Wednesday I was in freak out mode, wondering how to get it all done, and questioning my entire existence at school. Luckily, with the help of friends and housemates, I managed to get through the week in one piece. The end of my first hectic week was celebrated with a beer at uni bar (yes you read that right, there is a bar on campus) and relaxing.
The Commonwealth Games were going on and hosted in Australia this year, my understanding is that the games are like a mini version of the Olympics but fewer countries involved. Townsville is one of the cities chosen to host a festival in celebration of the games. They have live music, food, and small events going on. It reminds me of a much smaller state fair. I went this past Saturday night with some friends and we jammed out to a fun band called The Vaudeville Smash. They have a song called ‘Zombies at my Neighbors’, if that gives you an idea of how fun they were.
Now, at the start of week 8, I can’t believe we already have our lecture break next week and are already planning for next semester.
More like home
After 2 months of living in Townsville, I am finally feeling more comfortable. Australian slang isn’t completely strange anymore and school doesn’t feel as intimidating. I still catch myself wondering what would’ve happened if I staying in my comfort bubble in San Diego and asking why I’m putting myself through this chaos, but I remind myself of the amazing opportunities that are here. Life is a journey, and I’m excited to be along for the ride. Even when that means leaving comfort behind.