Hey there Everyone!
Sorry it has taken me so long to
write you all again. I have been so
busy. I can't believe I have been here for a month already.
It is amazing how fast time flies. The
first couple of weeks we just spent going to barbies and meeting people.
It took a while to get all my classes settled and to decide which ones I
actually wanted to take. I am
taking a Public Relations class but then I am taking Time Travel and
Philosophical Psychology. Get this
there are no rules about wearing shoes in public buildings here.
So my professor for Time Travel often comes to Lecture barefoot.
It makes for a cool atmosphere. Everyone
is just so relaxed here. Everyone's
favorite phrase is "No worries"
I was able to get an awesome
schedule. I am in class for four
hours on Tuesday and Thursdays and then one hour Wednesday mornings and that is
it:-) You are probably all
wondering how I manage to be so busy then.
Well with four day weekends I have been traveling about Tassie and then
that means I have to use almost all my other free time to do my readings. People here are assigned a lot more reading than back home.
And you have to keep up with the readings for discussion in Tutorials or
then you have no idea what is going on.
The first weekend in March there
was a trip for Exchange Students out to the West Coast which I went on. It was such an awesome time.
It took us five hours to get there so I went right to sleep Friday night.
Oh though here's a story about our trip there.
We were all on this little bus winding up through the mountains and
someone yelled out that there was a Wallaby.
This was the first wild Wallaby most of us had seen so we were all
leaning to see it and "THWACK...THUMP....THUMP" We had run the poor
thing over. The bus driver had to
get out and check to make sure there wasn't a baby in its pouch because if there
was we would have had to take the baby to the nearest wildlife organization.
So after that adventure we arrived
at the Youth Hostile in Strahan. There
were ten of us sleeping in bunk beds. It
was quite an experience to be in a cabin again.
I haven't done that since I camped with Girl Scouts in Middle School.
The next morning we all went on a River Boat Cruise on the Gordon River.
It would have been great if I hadn't been freezing cold. I had only packed one warm outfit so I had to wear that all
weekend because I hadn't realized how cold the west coast was.
The cruise took us out through Hell's Gates and onto the Southern Ocean.
Because the next body of land is south America they get waves up to
thirty meters around there. It was
beautiful. There were just rolling
mountains everywhere and bright blue water as far as you could see.
The boat took us to Sarah Island
where we had a tour of the old penal island ruins and learned the history. It's really rather interesting but I won't bore you with
everything that I learned:-) However
one piece of advice. If you are
ever offered a pepper leaf while in Tassie don't eat it. I did and my mouth was on fire for hours.
It was horrible. But I am sure it would taste good when grounded up and in
We then went back to Strahan and
saw the play called "The Ship that Never Was"
It was hysterical. The was
one actress and one actor in the play and then they had members of the audience
participate. Six people from my
group ended up in it. It was just
hysterical watching it. We then had
dinner and went down to the Ocean to watch the Sun Set however it had clouded
over so we didn't get to see a sunset. That
evening we did the only thing there is to do in Strahan at night.
We went to the one bar located in town and hung out and played pool until
two in the morning and then walked back to the Youth Hostile.
Then on Sunday we woke up and went
to tour the Teepookana Forest and of course it was raining.
But it was still fun. You
can see the pictures I got while on the tour.
That afternoon we were suppose to go sand boarding but that got canceled
because of the rain but we still got to go four wheel driving out on the Sand
Dunes. That was one of the greatest
experiences in my life. They took
four people out at a time for half an hour.
We just raced all over the sand dunes, up and down huge hills.
And not only was that thrilling in itself but it was beautiful.
To one side you could see the mountains and to the other there was the
forest and then in front of you was the Southern Ocean.
And here I was driving a four wheeler over miles and miles of beautiful
sand. At first I thought I was
going to be scared but it was absolutely amazing.
Then on Monday we came back to
Hobart. Though we stopped at a
couple of places on the way back and took walks to see water falls and the view
on top of a big hill. I posted
pictures of that. While we were
hiking I felt like someone had stuck me in the middle of a movie scene.
You know when you are watching a movie and you think it would be awesome to be in a place like that? That's
what it felt like. IT was so neat.
I made a lot of cool friends that
weekend too. I met two girls from
Canada, and a guy from Sweden.
Then this week I spent doing work.
I have my first assignment due this week but it should be really easy.
I have to read a chapter and present the important ideas and then
generate one or two thoughtful questions to spur discussion.
Sound familiar Audra? I am
sure that I had to do this for your class last semester?
The topic I have to read on is whether or not there is love at first
sight and about love and jealousy. It
should be interesting.
And then of course my parents came
to visit me this weekend. I was so
excited to see them. Of course they
were exhausted on Friday but we still visited for a little while. Which was okay because Friday night was our housewarming
party at my place. I met so many
people and had a blast. The whole
house was full. It was funny. When I went to bed the house was full of people., our living
room furniture was on the front lawn and there were beer bottles everywhere.
I expected to wake up and find a mess.
But I woke up at seven o'clock and the whole house was clean.
Now tell me if you have ever seen a clean house the morning after a
college party? I am still baffled
On Saturday morning I met my
parents in town and we walked around Salamanca Market.
Every Saturday morning there is this outside market in town where they
sell all these fresh fruit and have souvenirs and tons of clothes and little
trinkets. It is a really awesome place and a fun way to spend your Saturday mornings.
This is the third Saturday I spent there and I still haven't tired of
looking at everything. We then
headed out to the Tasman Peninsula for the afternoon.
You would be amazed that there are places like this that still exist in
the world. The water is the
beautiful green blue and it is so clean and clear; you can see so far into the
water. Then there are all these
natural land formations. You'll
have to look at my pictures but even they don't do it justice.
Just imagine being in a place of solitude with rushing waves crashing
upon the shore and mountains and hills all around. No city smog or noises nothing.
Because except for Hobart there isn't a city in the state of Tasmania.
And Hobart isn't even really a city.
We ended the day with a Ghost Tour
around Port Author which is another penal settlement but much bigger than that
of Sarah Island. Once Sarah Island
closed down they shipped the prisoners to Port Author.
We spent Sunday touring other
parts of Tasmania. We got up to Wine Glass Bay but we didn't walk down to the
beach because they walk there is five hours.
We just did the two hour hike up the mountain to the lookout.
The beach is beautiful and so deserted. It's very hard to get to so it's amazing.
It's breathtaking to see sites like this and to realize that they still
exist without boardwalks and tourists and huge hotels and everything.
But they are preserved just as they always were.
Changing only with nature.
Being here is amazing.
But what is so amazing really is that it is untouched.
That you can drive along miles and miles of beautiful coastline and there
are no houses at all.
I will try to continue writing
about every two weeks. And to those
of you who respond individually I promise to respond even if it takes me a
couple of weeks.
I miss you.
I hope everything is going well back home and would love to hear how you
have all been doing. Take care!
PS I know that I missed some
people or had the wrong addresses in my last mass email.
If you notice that I have left someone out or would rather me email a
different address please let me know.