So it's been a stressful first two weeks here. Probably due to my tendency toward worry and such, but with re-arranging classes, booking flights and hostels to the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand, and just adjusting, I have been feeling really stressed and overwhelmed. It's hard to take time to just stop and appreciate, which I told myself I would do! Ah. I hope now that I booked these trips and such that I will be more relaxed. Anyway, all that aside, I am so grateful and blessed and excited that I get to do these trips! I will be super poor :p, but I know that I will not regret it-- the travel, the experience, the beauty-- I'm so thankful! I only wish I had my family here to share it with me.
Let's see, I'm not sure what I posted in past posts, so sorry if I repeat myself! Here's the past week:
I am officially pro at hailing buses, I feel sooo cool when I do it.
Not. It's super awkward, like when a bus comes that you DON'T want, I
look down and back away and act all awkward like, "Hey Mr. Bus Driver,
please don't think that I want this bus and please don't pull over for
me and make all the riders get mad--this is me definitely not hailing
you." Meanwhile, when I want a bus, I put my hand awkwardly in the air
trying not to look like a waving lunatic but to still look like I know
what I'm doing. So I try to look all cool and casual flick my wrist with
my bus pass in hand, like yeah I know what I'm doing pshhh.. lol
on the topic of buses, most of us have found that ALREADY, they are the
bane of our existence. Most people think "Oh you're going to Australia!
You're going to surf and tan and play with kangaroos..." BUT nope.
Instead, most of my time is spent studying bus schedules, trying to find
coordinating ones, then of course waiting for them (many are late or
don't show up), and then being on the bus, which from my hostfamily
house is usually at least a half hour per busride and I take two buses
to get anywhere...so yeah add all that up and getting anywhere takes
foreverrrr. Therefore, buses = frustrating and bane of existence.
Fun Facts time:
1) P Sherman 42 Wallaby Way does NOT exist, much to my chagrin.
I have been to one beach so far, Manly, and I am outside often,
however, the weather has been super rainy and cloudy so NO I am not as
tan as you'd think.
3) I have not yet seen any wild Australian
animals, except for Rainbow Larkeys which are bright red and green and
yellow and gorgeous! BUT they live outside my house and in packs and
they are the most annoying birds ever. They start screeching and like
making really obnoxious noises starting at 5 AM outside my window. You'd
think they have pretty singy-songy bird calls, but noo way. They ruin
their exotic-ness :p.
4) I have not even seen any zoo animals
either, but this weekend we get to feed kangaroos and pet koalas and
feed wallabies! So excited.
5) If I haven't mentioned this
before, I did see my first official celebrity at LAX and I walked right
past Fergie and Josh Duhamel (who is in the movie "Safe Haven" which I
had just watched a few days before). Incidentally, that day they
officially announced they were pregnant. How cute :) Oh and true to the
common pics of celebrities in LAX, he was wearing a baseball cap and she
was wearing sunglasses, of course. So yay, claim to fame.
True to the stereotype, most people here are beyond friendly. Like if
you're lost, which of course I often am, you can ask anyone for help and
they go way out of their way to help you. Despite some accents and
weird phrases that are hard to understand :p, it's often quite helpful
and easy to get around with locals' help.
7) So yes, most people
are friendly, but there are those exceptions...which often seem to be
bus drivers. So here is my first bad, sketchy story of public
transportation in Sydney (which I have not yet told my mom...sorry
My roommate and I were coming home late to our
house on a super rainy, gross evening. It was around 9:30 PM and we
caught our regular second bus to get home. Well it was a more shaky,
bumpy, speedy ride than normal, and buses are already crazy and somewhat
scary to ride on due to the driver going so fast and such, but this one
was worse. The driver must have been in a hurry. For example, our
friend got off a few stops before us, and the driver literally closed
the doors on her, which pushed her off the bus into the rain. Not cool.
So then when we got to our stop we pushed the button and it didn't work,
so we missed our stop. The bus circles around so we figured we'd be
fine to stay on til then. But a few minutes later the driver literally
stopped the bus and said "Okay last stop, get out." We were confused
because that was not the last stop. So we asked him if we could stay on
til our stop and he said "No get off, I'll be back in five
minutes."...?... So we got out and were in a back alley, at night, in
the pouring rain, and we had no idea where we were. Unsure of what to
do, we waited for a while and he came back, and I got on and said "Can
you please tell me why you did that?" He said, "I had to pee."
Now....the bus reeked of cigarette smoke and it had not before... SO. My
roommate and I decided that this driver had dropped us off in the rain
and stopped his route to go smoke for a bit...just because. When we got
off the bus again, my roommate said to him, "I'm sorry, but that was not
okay." And the driver said, "Oh really, what ya gonna do about it?"
When we got home and told our host dad, he said that this was actually
illegal for the driver to not complete his route and to kick people off
the bus. So we called and filed a complaint but that is all we know.
wow this is a long post, well I guess I'll finish it by saying, if
you'd like to pray for me you can of course pray for safety, but also
pray for my frustrations with things like public transportation :p and
even frustrations with myself sometimes.. I just want to enjoy my time
here and not overthink and analyze and worry so much. Also, I'm feeling
much better from my cold! My ear is still messed up, but my dad says
nothing's wrong so yay :) Thanks for the prayers!... and thanks for reading this
if you lasted that long! ;)