Category: Australia

The Greatness of the Good Times

It feels entirely surreal that I am in Melbourne, Australia right now. My first few days here have been a blur that has me concerned: will this entire experience go too fast and pass before my eyes? This is something that I have every time I step off the plane in a new city or ...

Day Trip: Phillip Island

My friends and I took a day trip out to Phillip Island. I don’t think there is any form of public transportation to get there, so you definitely need a car. The drive takes about 1.5 hours, which makes it nice for a day trip. Since I was scared of driving on the other side ...

Ordering Beer in Australia

  Something that struck me while ordering beer on tap at a bar is the confusing names given to different beer glass sizes. I remember having a really confusing and embarrassing interaction with a bartender the first time I tried to order. According to www.australianbeers.com, every state in Australia has different monikers for the right ...

Quintessentially Australian Foods

This week I asked some of my Australian friends to answer the question, “What are 5 quintessentially Australian snacks/foods?” This is what they came up with: Lauren- Vegemite, Shapes BBQ, sausage rolls, pies, fairy bread Charles- Le Snak, Shapes, Vegemite, Roll Ups, Tim Tams, Meat Pies, Lamingtons Shane- Vegemite, Tim Tams, Musk Sticks, Twisties, Meat ...

Traveling to Tasmania

I recently traveled to Tasmania, which is an island state of Australia. Tickets to Tasmania were exceptionally cheap during this time, so my friend and I decided to take advantage of the cheap airfare. Tasmania is not too far from Melbourne either, so it was ideal to go for a short trip: it takes about ...

Things to Do in Melbourne

After spending about 5 months in Melbourne, here are some things that I recommend doing!  Shopping  Queen Victoria Market The Queen Victoria Market is a great place do go to eat and buy produce or Australian souvenirs. It’s a huge tourist spot, but many locals also frequent the market for its cheap produce. The market ...

Landmarks in Sydney, Australia

Luckily the weather was really nice on Saturday. So, my friend and I walked about four miles from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches in Sydney. The Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach walk is one of the more popular coastal walks in Sydney, but there are a multitude ...

Mid-Semester Break: Getting From Victoria to New South Wales

After countless assignments and assessments in weeks 6 and 7, It is finally mid-semester break! For break, I flew over to Sydney in New South Wales to visit my friend from home who is also studying abroad in Australia. Sydney is about 545 miles from Melbourne. It takes about 9 hours to drive from city ...

Hiking in the Dandenongs

This past weekend I went on a hike at Dandenong Ranges National Park. The Dandenong Ranges National Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or university life. There are also picnic grounds and barbeques located at the base of the park. I went on the 1000 Steps Kokoda ...

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Festivals and Events in Melbourne

Melbourne Design Week started last Thursday and will extend through this Sunday! A slew of events—everything from symposiums on typography, book launches, book previews, panels, and discussions—have and will take course around Melbourne! So far, I have attended the Melbourne Art Book Fair. The Book Fair took place at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). ...