24 February 2012
Everyday I've been up and out exploring the beautiful city of Sydney, basically doing what any tourist would. Above is a small collection of places I've been to like the Rocks, the Zoo, Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, Three Sisters, Bondi Beach, Hillsong Church, and my new Uni. Unfortunately, I've forgotten my camera several times so many of the places I've visited are missing. I'm falling in love with this great city; beautiful places to see, food to eat, and many beaches to relax in. If God keeps me here after grad school, I won't be opposed of it at all.
A couple of things I'm looking forward to is my family BBQ tomorrow, getting plugged at Hillsong City Church this Sunday, giving my mom here gift (here), and school commences on Monday (I've never been more excited for school, can't wait to make new friends)! On the contrary, my mom leaves me on Monday WHAAA, but she'll be back soon :)
To my family and friends back home, I bought heaps of postcards my first week here but only wrote on one so far... sorry!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
15 February 2012
[Bondi via Instagram]
After being in Australia for a few days already, I'm learning more and more about the Australian culture and falling more and more in love with it all. I've slowly picked up on how they speak and what words they use, below are a few words I've compiled: (aussie term first, then american)
arvo - afternoon
capsicum - bell pepper (my favorite, but I hardly use it)
fortnight - two weeks
inquiries - questions
lift - elevator
prawns - shrimp
queue - line of people
rubbish - trash/garbage
serviette - napkin
take away- take out/to go
trolley - shopping cart
uni - university
ute - pickup truck
This list will continue to grow as I add all these terms into my vocabulary. One thing is forsure, I can't get enough of the Australian accent!!
11 February 2012
Some of the pictures above are taken from the surprise goodbye party my sneaky friends Steph & Heidi planned! They gathered together my closest family and friends for a night of dinner, games, and said a wonderful prayer for me. I tried not to cry the whole night but they had me sit down to watch a video they put together... and I cried, success! I'm so overwhelmed at the wonderful people the Lord has put in my life and the blessed times we've all shared. I couldn't have asked for a better night to spend with the ones I love. Thank you to my partner Hannah for capturing this special night for me on video that can be seen here.
After a 14 hour flight, PTL (Praise the Lord) my mom and I arrived safely in Sydney! But just before the flight my sweet sweet family and friends spent my last hours in LA at the airport playing card games and eating chips and salsa. It was very much a bitter sweet farewell where we said "see you later" and I couldn't hold back my tears. My mom and I had a great flight watching lots of movies, catching up on sleep, and they even served me special vegetarian meals that were surprising delicious! I'm so excited for this new chapter and to see what the Lord is going to be orchestrating in my life.
To all my family and friends back home, see you soon!
06 February 2012
Throughout this whole process of applying to international school, getting a VISA, booking travel accommodations, etc. God has given me a peace that truly surpasses all understanding that has affirmed me of his will. Everything has gone without a hitch until now... packing has been the death of me. Thankfully my mom will be flying out with me and I'm using her luggage allowances in addition to mine (total of 4 luggages 50 lbs. each). Because it doesn't look like I'll be flying home for the next two years I have to pack for all four seasons, outfits for school, clinic attire, church clothes, beach wear, dinner outfits, and more. I can't decide what to bring and what to not bring, I'm currently 30 lbs. over which has been very frustrating so I've come to the conclusion to sleep on it and return to it tomorrow. Wish me luck!!
P.S. My friends threw me the most sweetest surprise going away party on Friday!! Post coming soon, can't wait to share it!