This is the Australian snack that I’ll miss the most. They’re pretty tasty, and they come in several different flavors. My suitcase coming home could quite possibly be 50% Tim Tams and 50% everything else I own.
It’s weird how fast I got used to the Australian accent. I really enjoy it, but I don’t think I could ever adopt it and use their lingo. I’ll miss hearing everyone talk in such a unique way.
At Westfield mall in Belconnen, they have a pretty awesome movie theater. It has some of the comfiest chairs you’ll ever sit in, and they recline to the perfect level so that you have the best view of whatever movie you’re watching. I have some pretty good memories with friends of taking some snacks, almost being late, and trying to get a good deal on tickets. The movies we saw were pretty good too.
Chatterbox coffee shop
This place is right across from my accommodation, so I had to walk by it taunting me every day to spend money for a delicious foam topped drink. If you like chai tea lattes, this is the place for you. I can’t say anything about the coffee because I don’t like coffee (don’t judge me). They have the best chai tea lattes I’ve ever had, and they even come with a cute cookie on the side. Everything I’ve had there was quite tasty. I’ve had some great little dates with friends and study sessions, and I’ll miss that place.
Australians are famous for their “no worries” motto. I’d say life here is definitely less stressful than at home. Being on time is less important. Surf camp hanging out with the surfers showed me that they have really embraced this motto.
School work is spent reading, researching, and proving knowledge through quizzes, presentations, and papers. There isn’t much homework or work just to keep you busy. I like spending my school time really learning and reading about what scholars in the field have proven or have opinions about instead of reading a textbook.
I don’t have a car or a bike here in Canberra. The bus can get me into the city, but every place that I normally go (campus, the mall, and the gym) is within a 20 minute walk. It’s really nice to have some walking built into every day, but it rains sometimes too.
I made a separate post about the new friends I’ve met, but I think it’s worth mentioning again. It’s a hard situation to meet new people and get close with them and then have to go your separate ways. I’m not sure if or when I’ll see them again, but hopefully it’ll be soon. I can’t wait to go visit some of my exchange friends in their home countries.
During my time in Australia, I’ve seen and done some pretty amazing things. From snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing the Whitsunday Islands to learning how to surf at Seven Mile Beach, my traveling has contained some awesome adventures. I can’t imagine how it’ll feel not to get on an airplane to explore some new place almost every month when I get back.
More free time
At home, I fill up my time with more class work, club activities, work, spending time with friends, and much more. Here, life seems simpler. I have fewer friends, I’m taking fewer classes, and I’m not working. This leaves more free time for studying, doing fun things with people, and experimenting with cooking.
Walking around the lake
There’s a lake just 10 minutes away that is super nice to walk around. It takes a couple of hours usually, and it’s a lovely walk. It’s been great to be able to get to nature that close when living in a city. I’ve also had some great talks with my best friend that came with me and my new close friend from Germany while walking around the lake. We usually see some cool birds too such as colorful parrots or cranes in the water.