FIrst Few Weeks

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Friday, September 14, 2007

So I have been in Australia for a couple weeks now, and I have decided that it is just like the US except everything is just strangely different. Food has different names, they drive on the wrong side of the street, the seasons are confused and everybody acts sort of British. It has been surprisingly odd trying to do everyday tasks like crossing the street or buying groceries. Our first trip to Woolies (Supermarket) took us an hr, and we spent that time circling the entire grocery store several times. It is definitely not the Roche Bros. Other than the oddities of life in Australia, it has been a smooth transition. Jet lag is gone, although alot of our nights still end before 1 (We start drinking wine a little to early). The first 4 or 5 days were at Seven Mile Beach just south of Byron Bay where we had a friendly spider named James in our Bathroom and Bob the Bird would join us for lunch. It was also my introduction to Flying Foxes, which are bats with a meter wide wingspan. They are loud and there are a ton of them, but they eat fruit and are harmless.
    After Seven Mile Beach, we then moved into Byron Bay and spent one night there. It was good to sleep in a bed again. Cheeky Monkey's was the bar of choice that Wednesday night, although it was one of the only ones open. It was hilarious because it was such a touristy bar and they were doing everything they could to force a good time on you. The next day we moved on to a Budhist Retreat Center in the mountains near Byron Bay, where we sat in the rain for that night and the following day. No power, lots of leeches and a cold rain could have made it a really unenjoyable experience, but it ended up being a really good time. The group came together well, and we went through some interesting exercises. A good time was had without alcohol.
    Byron Bay... such an interesting place. Tourists (British, Americans, Asians, etc.) mixed with serious hippies, surfers, and the odd homeless person really spice this place up. Our apartments were cozy, and free of James the Spider. The tv has some version of footy (soccer, aussie rules, or the two types of rugby) on at least two channels constantly. I am getting in touch with my British Commonwealth sports, and have watched more Cricket than I care to talk about. We drank plenty of bottles of expensive 5$ wine, and sampled to nightlife. We also had an interesting workshop on Sustainability, email me if you want to know more.
    Now I am in Lismore Australia, at my homestays house. It is a beautiful macadamia farm in the countryside, I will upload some photos tonight. Time to shower before I go out to eat.
Take Care.
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