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Touring Melbourne

For most people who have never studied abroad, you would assume that being in your 3rd year of studies, would come with high stress levels and a large work load. But in reality (well for me anyway), studying abroad hasn’t been too bad and student life in Melbourne wasn’t too different from my experiences in the UK. Most of my classes were at a 3rd year level, but I felt like I was back in my first year of uni.

For one of my modules I organised and ran a charity event with 5 other students, we decided to create a 90s Hip Hop themed event on campus. We raised awareness and money for the charity ‘HipHop4Hope’ and the event was a great success. We even had a surprise visit from ‘Bkode’ a popular dance crew in Australia.

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I finally managed to do more tourist things in Melbourne when Shanalee’s friend came to visit for a week. We went to the Eureka Skydeck which is the tallest viewpoint in the city, It was a spectacular view. We also went to the Crown Casino. I’ve only been to one other casino a few years back so I didn’t know what to expect. In the end I lost some money but then made it back and more! It was a fun experience.

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I’m not one for museums and such, but we thought the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium would be something different and interesting. I had a bad experience at London Zoo’s aquarium when I was younger so I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it, but I was pleasantly surprised and actually learnt a lot and saw some beautiful sea creatures.

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Melbourne is known for some of their famous eats and restaurants, in my opinion there isn’t as much cuisine variety as the UK. There is a lot of Oriental and Asian restaurants everywhere so you’re spoilt for choice. I wouldn’t recommend the Australian Nando’s if you have eaten the UK version, its just not the same and quite disappointing.

That week we ate at a really good Chinese restaurant, pancake parlour and tried a ‘typical’ Melbournian food known as chicken parma, which was huge but also delicious!.

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Who would have ever known a pink lake existed!

At Westgate park there is! After researching what to do in Melbourne, we came across the pink lake and decided to take the short trip to see it for ourselves. I was surprised of how unknown it is, even from the people who have lived in Melbourne for years. A pink lake is a real natural phenomenon and the pictures don’t lie! The lake is only pink during the summer/early autumn months and it returns to its normal blue in winter. We arrived at the lake a little bit late in the evening so it wasn’t as bright, but it was still bright enough and was such an amazing sight.
Its definitely a must see if you’re in Melbourne!

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We were also part of a live taping of Millionaire Hot seat at the docklands studios which was fun but a lot of work! (We weren’t allowed to take pictures). You would never know how exhausting being an audience member can be until you are one yourself. There was a chance to win some cash during the taping just for being in the audience, unfortunately we didn’t win. But me and Shanalee got pulled up on stage due to our accents to play a game during the break which was hilarious, and on the last taping we got free ice skating tickets.

There is definitely an array of things to do in Melbourne and so much more that we didn’t get to explore. I’m glad that we got to see more of the city and try new things. Especially since we were on the other side of the world, I wanted to make the most of it before heading home.

International Cookout!

During week 3 one of the guys decided it would be cool to do an international cookout, where we all cook a dish from our culture & bring for everyone to try. I thought this was a cool idea as i love cooking & trying new things.
Me & the UK girls (Beth, Sarika & Alix) decided to make shepherds pie & Victoria sponge cake.
We took a trip to Coborn’s; it was our first time going to a grocery store!

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We got back & realised we didn’t have any utensils, but luckily you can hire them out.
Let the cooking commence!

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Our cooking & baking took longer than we thought, so we kindly got a lift from the lovely Danielle 🙂
We finally arrived and there was sooo much food!

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All the food was delicious! & everyone enjoyed our “English” cuisine 🙂

Taking Flight

Tuesday 20th August was the day that we flew out to America!

I hardly got any sleep because of my typical last minute packing and trying to stick to the 23kg weight limit for my luggage. Adding on to me being last minute, i still had shopping to do the day before and went to pick up a suitcase from my Auntie as mine was too small.

Our flight was at 14:25 so we all me at Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport, at this point my suitcase was at 26kg and i didn’t want to have to pay baggage fees so me, my Dad and sister had to take things out and put things in the hand luggage to make sure it went to 23 kg… somehow after all the rearranging and sorting i got it 23 kg on the dot!

We met up with the others going on the trip, checked in and said our goodby

We flew with Delta Airlines, stopping over in Atlanta then from Atlanta to Minneapolis. Altogether it took 11 hours and an extra 1 1/2 hours to the campus from the airport.

The service we received on Delta airlines was amazing! I have never had a service like that before, they were attentive to our every need and all the food, drinks and snacks were free. Because of the long flight i watched three films, the first was Bridesmaids, the second Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and third Prometheus. They were all really good, but Prometheus was a bit weird and i thought the ending could have been better.

My first taste of America was when we had our stopover in Atlanta! I got to spend my first ever dollar when i bought a drink from a small cafe. As soon as the server opened his mouth and spoke i just couldn’t stop smiling (i love accents). He was so friendly and i knew from then i would love America.

Finally we got on our flight to Minneapolis, at this point all of us were tired and got some sleep on the plane. We collected our bags then met the CSBSJU representative Katie and she showed us to the coach which took us to campus.

Finally arrived on campus… Time to move in!

Surprise!

A couple days before i went to America my best friend Jo organised a surprise meal for me 🙂

All day i was getting my hair done (braids), which took around 6-7 hours, at the time i had no idea what was planned. She just told me we were going out in central London for a meal.

Time passed and i was still doing my hair and it was getting late. From where i was it takes around 40 minutes on the tube to get to central London. After 7 hours of sitting getting my hair done, i rushed to the station to meet Jo. I got there and i felt so bad for making her wait so long! (sorry Jo x) we walked from oxford circus down some random road (I’m rubbish with navigation in central) and we went into Tinseltown which is an American diner style restaurant, to “use the toilet”… to my surprise my friends were sitting on a table waiting for me! I felt so loved ❤
I felt so bad for making all of them wait so long for me to arrive but i was sooo happy to see my lovely friends before i went off to America for 4 months.

 Thank you Jo for an amazing surprise!

xxx