Week One- Official Duties
Trip Start Feb 07, 2008
24Trip End Jun 22, 2008
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If America and Europe are two opposite extremes of a scale (in terms of culture, etc.), Australia is pretty much in the middle. Some aspects of the culture are very American- people drive bigger cars, are extremely eco-conscious, watch major American TV shows and have bigger houses than Europeans
If I were to describe Freo (Fremantle) in any way, it would be New Orleans meets Italy meets Australian outback. This city is so colorful and unique, with lots of independent shops and eateries that spill out onto the sidewalk. There is a swanky area of town called the Cappuccino Strip (Cap strip for short) where the best restaurants, coffee shops and gelato is. The nicest part of my day yesterday was sitting out in an open cafe drinking a Vienntian coffee and munching on a muffin while reading the newspaper. Those moments will have to be limited, though- food is EXPENSIVE ($7 Australian for that meal...whoa). There's a fantastic open air produce market where I buy all of my fruits and vegetables for cheap- farm fresh and organic, too! It's funny which things cost a lot and which do not- mangos are 4 for $5 around here, but strawberries can be $20 a kilo (that's $10 a pound!!). Since we're so close to Thailiand, I can get fabulous Thai ingredients so SUPER cheap as well...made phad thai last night for dinner :) I haven't tried Vegemite yet but I have to go to the store today and I think I might pick some up...I also intend to foregoe my vegetarianism temporarily to try kangaroo (they sell it in fillets at the store. It looks like a cross between pork and beef.)
Today is a whopping 37 degrees C (yep, thats 100 degrees F. Yikes.) I've got to run out and do some errands around University of Notre Dame to get ready for the other residents. Love to you all and more soon!