My thoughts on Australia thus far...
It kind of reminds me of the US, the Dominican, and Italy all combined into one..
although I realize those are the only countries I've ever been to, so maybe everyone who visits Australia thinks it reminds them of everywhere else they've been..if that makes sense..
For example, the humidity, the fact that almost no one and no where has air conditioning, and the architecture of many homes and the trees and plants that surround them ALL remind me greatly of the Dominican Republic.
Meanwhile, the cafes and restaurants that are on every curb and street with people chilling outside drinking espresso and gelato along with the relaxed feel of many places here reminds me of my visit to Italy.
Then, of course, the fact that people speak English and the center of the city is so busy and full of rushing people and buses and taxis, etc., reminds me of good ol' USA.
The land down under AKA 'straya AKA OZ is very diverse! Like... more than the US almost. Their three most common languages are what they call "cultivated" australian, "bogan" australian (think steve irwin...also their word for "hick" or western) and chinese australian.
The Asian population is probably just as high as the white population here, most restaurants I see are not seafood but rather Thai food---yum! As a result, most of the fashion, architecture, ads, etc., are Asian-culture inspired. It's very interesting and fun to see the mixture of it all together! Meanwhile, I've met people who are Greek, Indian, British, Mexican, Japanese, Fillipino, and more...very cool.
Those are my thoughts on Australia for now, meanwhile here are some fun facts of what has happened to me while I'm here :p
1) I got lost on the first day of class, but here's the thing...I was literally one block from my house and had no idea.
2) I suck at hanging clothes on a clothes line, maybe it's because I could barely reach it...that's my excuse.
3) I saw a conch shell the size of my head and a snail shell almost as big...and despite the warnings that many shelled creatures here can hurt you, I tried to touch them and pick them up BUT it was with a stick so it's all good.
4) I watched Australian tv with my host family--- some of it is like recreations of American shows like cooking shows and singing shows, but other shows are low-budget shows that are quite terrible but awesome. One of the shows is shot in my homestay town (Concord). My host family got asked if the camera crew could use their house for some scenes but they declined because they had "American girls there and didn't want them to feel uncomfortable". :p oh well.. There goes my shot at fame. haha
5) I rode a bus by myself from Circular Quay to my homestay, which is like 1hr and 40 mins but during rush hour yesterday from the city it took 2 hrs. But I didn't get lost, and I felt oh-so-grown up. Woot.
I'll add more fun facts later I'm sure, now I'm off to start my 3rd day of class!