I can’t believe this amazing trip is almost over. It’s been almost 5 months since I’ve been in Australia and I’ve had a blast. I just finished exams this week and now I had to just say goodbye to my best friends for the semester. We all woke up around 6am to say one last goodbye. We walked them to the shuttle bus in the cold and gave everyone hugs and watched them drive off. They’re flying out of Brisbane today, leaving me behind to enjoy 3 more weeks down under! It’s a mix of emotions because I grew so close to my friends, but I’m also excited to still be here.
Yesterday, my friend Joe and I finished our exam and spent the day organizing and getting ready for his departure. It’s crazy to thing they’re gone. He spent the last 2 days counting down their departure and it kept getting more and more depressing. Today is even worse.. It’s cold, cloudy and rainy. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for the next few days…
Last night we held a huge dinner party for about 12 people. It was EPIC. Everyone brought a main dish and dessert! We served chicken, shrimp, pasta, lasagna, potato bake, quesadillas, all sorts of dip, and breads with sauce. As we were passing the food around, we were all wondering why we never had group dinners like this one. The room was full of talking and laughing as everyone reminisced on our last 5 months. It sure was a great way to end our semester. Afterwards, we went out for a little and enjoyed the last night together.
Now I’m just looking forward to my next BIG adventure… NEW ZEALAND! I leave on Tuesday for 9 days of pure adventure. The basic highlights of this trip consist of a train through the mountains, skydiving, glacier hike, Milford Sound, jet boating and snowboarding! I had the opportunity to go on this trip a few weeks ago, but felt it would be better to wait for after my exams and to celebrate a great semester.
Stay tuned for the New Zealand update!