Friday, July 23, 2010
Well, here I am in Brisbane, QLD! I still can't believe that I am actually "Down Under!" It has been quite a crazy journey so far seeing as everything here is the exact opposite from South Dakota! Even the toilets flush in the opposite direction! (Or so I am told..) Classes haven't started yet, they begin on Monday.. which is more like the middle of the night on Saturday for everybody back home! The classroom buildings here are super nice and the architechture is exquisite! The entire Uni has a very professional feel and beautiful architecture as well as an amazing landscape. The city is magnificent and ultra-modern. It follows the bends and turns of the Brisbane river, and therefore one of the main modes of public transportation is the CityCat, which is like a high-speed ferry that zooms passengers up and down the river from the inner city to the suburbs. There are really fun shops, boutiques, malls, cafes, bakeries, and restaurants lining the river.. however, everything here is super expensive!
The style of the city is very Euro-modern with a twist of rock 'n roll. Everyone is dressed well. You won't see college kids bopping around in UGGS and sweats, no no. Heels, dresspants, boots, and fashionable bags are more like what you will find. Students at the Uni are here to do business, because it is much more difficult to grab a spot in the degree programs and they take their studies very seriously. Aussies are a rare breed. They are ultra positive people so they seem to be in a never-ending good mood. Phrases most often heard are "No worries," "G'donya Mate," and "She'll be right," all of which portray the general idea of the culture. Everything is alright, there is no need to worry, and everything will work out fine in the end. Everyone is very friendly and open. I have yet to encounter a grumpy Aussie. The people like to have a good time and give their mates a good "hastle." Actually, I have found that nine times out of ten, an Aussie is genuinely pulling your leg. Infact, it is impossible to have a conversation with an aussie without them demeaning your outfit or insulting your grandma. Not to worry, however, because it is all in good fun! The best way to deal with an Aussie attack is to give them a little taste of their own medicine. Give them the same dose of sarcasm with a big smile on your face and you will get along just fine!
Anyways, I'm out for the night.. I will write again really soon!