Category: Australia

Strawberry Picking and Lake Jubilee

As my time in Australia stretches on and I watch as more and more of my U.S. friends on Facebook post about going to pumpkin patches, picking apples, and doing fall things in general, I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out. I’m missing out because Australia, due to the fact that it’s in ...

Expectations: Finally Met

Before I ever boarded a plane, flew over the ocean, and arrived in Melbourne, I’m not ashamed to say that I had a fair few assumptions about Australia. I thought everyone said “Gooday,” I believed venomous snakes were omnipresent, and I assumed the weather was like the weather in Southern California all the time. Well: ...

Melbourne Cup Week

Last weekend, an annual spectacle, unique to Melbourne, began in full force: The Melbourne Cup. This yearly sporting event is Australia’s most prestigious horse race. It’s known as the “race that stops the nation”—that phrase was uttered to me by four different people. However, this event is not known just for its horses. If you ...

Great Ocean Road, part II

This past weekend, the other exchange students and I took a trip down the Great Ocean Road. Personally, I have already visited the Great Ocean Road a couple of weeks ago when I went to Adelaide for the footy final, but it was wonderful to see the other students seeing the route for the first ...

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Australian Halloween

If you are a fan of Halloween, you’re not going to be too fulfilled here in Australia. I could be wrong, because Collarts did put on a Halloween party for us American exchange students (which is awesome), so other schools and programs might do that too, but Halloween in Australia is a bit underwhelming. First ...

City Living

Up until now, my blog posts have only talked about the nature around Melbourne and other parts of Australia (and how much our group prefers it to the city). But let’s clarify real quick that the city of Melbourne is pretty cool too. There are lots of different cafes and restaurants, tons of options for ...

The Little Things (and Culture Shock)

“It’s the little things that make all the difference.” This quote is true for many things; relationships, sports, and the entire country of Australia. In many ways, Australia is America 2.0—it’s a western nation that speaks English and has some questionable politicians. Once in the city, however, it’s the little differences that really get to ...

Road Trips, Footy, and Adelaide

One of the staples of Australian culture is Australian Football or, as the Australians call it, “Footy.” It’s a sport that doesn’t have many rules, any padding, and is as loved as American Football is in the United States. This past weekend, Melbourne held what was the equivalent to America’s Super Bowl: the AFL Footy ...

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First Day of School: Round 2

There is something very important to remember if you’re a Music Industry student who wants to do the exchange program with Collarts here in Melbourne., and that is: you are not just exchanging with Collarts. The thing about the Music Industry Program at Drexel is that we have a wide range of course types and ...

Go Forth and Explore

Every weekend is a new adventure and, honestly, I am LIVING. Australia is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been to. The city is just like any other city but, the nature? It’s top notch. This past weekend, we went to Mornington Peninsula which is about an hour’s drive away from Melbourne. ...