Not that any other days have been bad, not at all. They’ve just been busy. The last couple of weeks have been packed with assignments, assessments, reflections, essay and whatnot. Now you might find this strange, but I’m actually the kind of guy that actually likes this stuff (regardless of what my facebook status might say at the time) so I think it’s been pretty alright. The best part of it is of course that everybody else is in the same situation, that is: sleepwalking around the library in a caffeine-daze accompanied by the kind of bad humour you only experience at universities at the end of the semester. I love it! Not to mention the desperate screams for help on facebook and the prolonged coffee breaks that turns into lying-on-the-grass-breaks and end up as dinner breaks with a bad conscience. Yeah, the life of a student is harsh..
I wanted to tell you guys about my day though! First I got some good news in an email. Then I went and had my last lecture for this semester before I finished and handed in my final assignment. After calling it a day at 1:45PM I went home where I found something I’d lost before discovering a fantastic care-package in the mail from some friends at home. It included Norwegian chocolate, candy, newspapers and food. The Belgians and Swiss can say what they want, Norway has the best chocolate in the world! And if that wasn’t enough my french housemate decided to make crepês for dinner. J’aime les crepês!
Not really a typical day in Australia, but hey I mean, there’s been quite a few of those already. Don’t get me wrong, I came here to Australia to experience the Australian way of life, and I have! - but sometimes all you really want is a little bit of home… So I joined with several hundred other Norwegians on the 17th of May to celebrate the Norwegian Constitutional Day. This is pretty much the most important day in Norwegian culture (followed closely by Christmas Eve) so it was a lot of fun to celebrate it so far from home. The celebration in Brisbane is allegedly the biggest one outside Norway - for some reason.
Speaking of cultures other than the Australian one, I went to the annual Greek festival here in Brisbane a few weeks ago. I didn’t know anything about Greek culture to start with, but now I do. The Greeks like to cook, eat, dance, eat and then eat some more after they’ve finished eating. Suffice to say I was fairly stuffed when I got home. Garcon! A bucket for monsieur!
I also went with a friend of mine and Mates@UQ to Dreamworld some time ago. Mates@UQ is this service the uni offers where you can meet other international students and at the same time experience Queensland without murdering your wallet in the process. Anyways, they did this trip to Dreamworld which is an amusement park with an adjacent water world plus a zoo!
And since we’re down under, it only makes sense that we should be upside down!
Have a great time guys, next time I’ll write about how me, a sunburned, half blind Scandinavian ended up on a surfboard *DRAMATIC MUSIC*
To Be Continued! ….