This is the official blog of my Study Abroad Trip to Australia and New Zealand. I'll be leaving December 26th and returning home February 2nd.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day 35-36: Almost Home!

Hello everyone! Just coasting through the last couple days here in Sydney. I'm ready to be home but not ready to leave Australia. Contradictory I know. I feel like I'd be most happy if Alabama could magically appear in Australia in Wizard of Oz twister moment. We have been allowed to try to sleep in each morning which has been nice, but it's been tough with all the construction going on within Wesley College. We have been woken up at 7:15 each morning by rebar being cut or hammering on walls. Oh well, I'll sleep more than enough when I get home. Apart from working on homework and blogging our group has tried to do something fun each day without the "supervision" of our professors. Tuesday we went back to Manly Beach which was a lot of fun even though it was a little rainy. It's still one of the nicest beaches I have ever been to.

Wednesday we tried in vain to sleep in again but failed so we decided to find the Asian Street Markets in downtown Sydney. We had heard about them when we were in Sydney the first time but didn't make it out there. I was glad because my bag would have been loaded down with souvenirs for the whole trip rather than the few days before I went home. There was so much to look at and buy there. It was a lot of fun. Haggling was my favorite part. We ate lunch at a place called Mad Mex's which was delicious and a good preview of what was to come at home.

Wednesday night the professors took us out on a riverboat cruise as a celebration for the great trip and a nice low-keyed way to end the trip. I enjoyed it a lot. It was a delicious buffet with all kinds of surf and turf options that I ate way too much of. We ended the night with a drink on the top deck enjoying the views of nighttime Sydney and reminiscing on stories from the trip. Just hard to get over that those stories happened just a few weeks ago when it feels like a year ago. This has turned into a trip that I'll remember for the rest of my life. I am so grateful that I was given an opportunity to come here and enjoy the down under experience. Thanks so much to my family and grandmother who made it possible for me to come here and encouraged me to make the most out of my trip. I love y'all. Well, this is my last post from the future and the other side of the world! I'll have one more tomorrow where I'll let you know how the flight went. Thanks for reading and I hope y'all have enjoyed it. Cheers and War Eagle!

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