Nowra and Kiama Daytrip

Trip Start Feb 05, 2006
Trip End Jun 20, 2006

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

So I'm actually writing this entry a bit after it happened, but this trip was right after I arrived. It was the saturday after O-week (Orientation week) which was good timing, because there wasn't much going on that weekend, as classes hadn't started yet.

So anyways, through an program that supports international students, there was this day trip, where for a very reasonable fee (like $30) they took us to a wildlife park, and to the Kiama blowhole. Both of which were insane.

As I later found out, I was the only person from North America in attendance, which was a bit strange for me. Most places I go, I'm definently in the majority, and it was a nice change to have some new faces around. I found out that we had every continent represented, with the exception of Africa (and Antarctica if you wanna be picky). Of the people I actually had a decent conversaion with, there were people from Norway, Saudi Arabia, China, and Columbia.

So anyways, we went to the wildlife park, which was basically a smaller sized zoo, family owned, and very cool. There was plenty of space for all of their animals, which is a welcomed change compared to most zoos. I got to see a lot of the same animals I did in Cairns, but some in more detail. The Koalas for instance, were much closer, and better lit, so I got some really good pictures. Also, they had a croc feeding, which was rockin, cuz I was able to see a croc lunge at the keeper while standing 3 feet away. Insane. We also got to feed some of the animals, most noteably the Kangaroos, which was sweet, though I felt even more like a tourist (I guess thats ok...).

So after we went to the major exhibits, I got to talk with some of the people on the trip some more... Abraham (from Saudi Arabia) and I had a conversation about the meanings of a couple of words, since he's actually studying english at the Uni. After he passes his two year program in English, he'll be doing his Masters in Computer Science, so he and I were very much alike. Also, we ended up comparing currency, as I happened to have some American currency on me (left over from the airport in LAX). We ended up trading money too, since he had some Ree-aals (finetic, not sure on proper spelling). I ended up getting 3 Reals (sp?) for 1 US dollar, after we figured out the exchange rate. Then I got to talking to Bob, who's from Beijing, and we also traded currency. I got 100 Yun (perhaps Yen, but not pronounced the same...) for 12 US dollars.

So then we jumped on the bus, and went to Kiama, to see the blowhole, which was basically a hole in the rocks by the ocean, such that the waves coming in would hit the rocks and shoot up into the air. It was kinda cool, but I didn't consider it the main attraction. It was situated out on a point, with a rocky surrounding, that you could walk out on. A group of us walked out, and sat on the point, which had a view of the shore for several miles at least. It was an amazing view, as you can see from the pictures. We just sat out there, enjoying the view, and enjoying each others company. This is where I got to meet Luisa (from Columbia) and Cheryl (from Beijing). Luisa actually is over here doing a study abroad program entirely funded by the Columbian government, which is way cool. So we talked a bit, and then exchanged e-mails. I expect that at some point, I'll go on another trip with each of the four of them, which will be awesome.

That was about it from the trip to Kiama, stay tuned for the next entry...

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