It’s A Small World

Buckle your seatbelts boys and girls, because you are in for a treat.  So remember how I mentioned that I visited Manly to watch that indoor ski and snowboard competition at some bar?  Alright, so I was actually on a date.  We will call him “Guy #1”.  Guy #1 also took me to walk his dogs on the beach with him before we went to the bar, but that is besides the point.  So on Wednesday night at the bar, I met one of Guy #1’s friends that works for Red Bull.  We will call him “Red Bull Friend”.  On … Continue reading It’s A Small World

Manly Indeed

I’m here to speak the truth: Aussie beaches are as beautiful as we are told. A week in, and I’ve already seen the two most famous beaches in Sydney (no surprise here considering how much I love the beach). Okay, so now that I’ve checked out Bondi and Manly, it’s time for me to start searching for the beaches where all the locals go… Also, it never crossed my mind that the Aussies ski and snowboard, too.  I guess it’s a thing out here!  So much so, that there was even an event hosted by Red Bull at this bar over … Continue reading Manly Indeed

So Much Is Happening

Always.  There is always so much going on in Sydney.  Everyday, at least five different people are offering up different activities that we could go out and do together and I’m stuck having to choose between them.  And I love it.  Honestly, if I could think of one phrase to sum up the last few days, it would be “so much is happening!” That, and “I can’t be alone!” Ask Dillon, he knows this all too well.  Anyways, here are some pics from the Aroma Festival that I went to today with Ari, Jack and Jordan (three other kids from SDSU … Continue reading So Much Is Happening

Honey, Are You Lost?

Thanks to Dillon (who by now you should realize I’m with 24/7 – this blog is basically his life too) we ended up spending our Saturday night at a house party of 70 gay Aussie men.  No complaints from me, I love being the only girl in situations.  And boy oh boy, you could spot me from a mile away!  Dillon even argued that the guys paid more attention to me than to him!  I guess that group has a new little mascot 😉  Although we had to pass on going out to all of the gay bars and clubs … Continue reading Honey, Are You Lost?

The Illusive Roommates

Okay, so they’re actually called my “flatmates” here I guess.  Irregardless, I have 5 of them.  And for the first 24 hours I was here, I didn’t see one of them.  Alas, I have finally began seeing them (although, not for more than a couple of minutes at a time).  One flatmate is an Australian girl that also happens to by my floor’s RN (resident networker), one is a guy from Jordan, one is a girl from Italy, one is an Australian guy, and the last one I have still yet to meet despite being here for four days now… … Continue reading The Illusive Roommates

Mama We Made It

Soooo I’m staying in Australia… But actually.  Thanks to my friend Cora back in the States, Dillon and I now have a new friend: Ruby.  She’s a Sydney local that happens to be both drop dead gorgeous and a total sweetheart.  And let me tell you: her and her boyfriend Jack showed Dillon and I quite the night out in Double Bay (an Eastern suburb of Sydney that just so happens to have some of the most expensive real estate in all of Australia).  For those of you that know me well, you already know that I much enjoy hanging … Continue reading Mama We Made It

I’m From America

I’m used to always being the country native, so it’s honestly thrilling for me to go to a different country and be the person to actually have the accent for once.  And boy is my accent strong.  The Aussies, as well as the international students, can guess that I’m an American from the moment that I open my mouth.  No complaints from me though, I like standing out 😉 Continue reading I’m From America

The Spirited Truth

Aussies go HARD.  For how expensive the alcohol is here, everyone seems to drink far more than they do back in the States.  And boy do they drink.  Every night, there are people getting drunk around 8PM and staying out partying until 4AM.  I’m serious when I say “every night” too.  Even business men start drinking right when they get off of work – I can’t keep up!  What’s more, since the drinking age is 18, you are allowed to openly drink in the campus housing – you just can’t do so in the common areas after 10PM.  This is where … Continue reading The Spirited Truth

Tourist Time

Let’s be honest here for a second: I obviously didn’t come all the way to Sydney just for school (in case you were wondering, everyone calls college either “university” or “uni” here) – I came here because I wanted to explore Australia itself… and meet some hot Aussie men 😉  Lucky for me, I got to see Sydney Harbor and the Sydney Opera House today (and a few other places, too)! Continue reading Tourist Time

Culture Shock

Okay, the first day in Sydney I was actually surprised at how similar it was to America.  The architecture is similar, everyone looks like they do in America, the cars are all the same name brands, and everyone speaks English.  The city of Sydney itself quite reminds me of the Bay Area back in California.  The only big differences I found compared to back home in the States were that people here have Australian accents, they drive on the left side of the road, and that everything is measured using the Metric system – all of which were things that were obviously … Continue reading Culture Shock

Settling In

Alright, so I had just spent almost an entire day traveling.  My first flight departed at 6:30PM on July 17, 2016 PST and my second flight didn’t land until 6:30AM on July 19, 2016 AEST.  Not only that, but I had just left summer in Seattle, Washington and arrived halfway across the world during winter time in Sydney, Australia – so I was a little dazed and confused to say the least.  Luckily, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) had a shuttle to take exchange students from the airport to the campus university, which eased my soul quite a lot. … Continue reading Settling In

Down Under I Go

Whenever I would tell people I was leaving to study abroad and live in Sydney, Australia for six months, they would always ask me if I was nervous.  My answer?  Nope!  I’m not sure if it was because I had already moved 2,000 miles from Seattle to San Diego by myself two years prior or because I was so confident that I would feel at home in Sydney, but a feeling of nervousness was something I totally lacked.  After all, everyone I had ever met that had gone to or lived in Australia for a period of time had always … Continue reading Down Under I Go