I know I've been slacking with the posts, but things are getting crazy with finals coming up. Wow. I just had to re-read that sentence after I typed it out. How are finals coming up? I feel like I just wrote out my first post in July like two weeks ago. Time has flown by here, it's absolutely mind-blowing. But time really does fly when you're having the time of your life, I guess. Although there is a short month and a half left here in the land down under, these next 7 weeks are going to be phenomenal. That's the great thing about studying abroad. There are always trips to be planned, activities left to do, places left to see... you never have nothing to look forward to. I am so grateful for everything I have done here so far, and am so excited about the things that I have coming up and cannot wait to share with you all. It is already mid October, and that scares the HELL out of me- because I do not know how I am going to transition back to life in the States.. but I don't want to think about that exactly just yet...
October is another eventful month, as every month has been. In the beginning of October, my two friends and I stayed a weekend in Sydney for a music festival called Listen Out. The concert included artists such as Odesza, Alison Wonderland, ILOVEMAKONNEN, Rae Sremmurd, Childish Gambino & more. It was my first time going to any music festival, and it was an interesting experience. I wouldn't go back to that specific concert because of the lineup, but the vibes in Sydney that day were great. We also just bought a ticket to a HUGE music festival with an expected 63,000 people to attend in Sydney, called Stereosonic for the end of November. Anddddd it's on the day before our flight leaves to go back to the States. But it should still be a blast!
Along with Listen Out, we also visited the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney where many tourists and locals visit every year, especially during the summer. We visited on a beautiful Friday morning and were greeted by 85 degree weather and a clear sky. Megan and I roamed around Bondi Beach, got lunch, got the most amazing dessert I've ever had, (injecting a syringe of Nutella into an already chocolate-stuffed croissant doughnut topped with Oreo crumbs & Nutella) and then walked the shops with happy bellies. At Bondi Beach, there is a famous tattoo parlor called Bondi Ink, where they host a popular TV show similar to the ones in the States, such as LA Ink. We went and met the people that worked there and thought about getting tattoos, but for the sake of still living in our houses when we return to the States, we decided not to. I also collected some sand here for my sand collection, (which is such a good idea for those of you are planning on studying abroad)... so I bought 6 little mason jars for $1 each at the South Melbourne Market and decided to collect sand from cool beaches during the rest of my stay here, label them with metallic sharpies and keep them as memories. I already have sand from Melbourne, Bondi Beach & Newcastle Beach. I plan on getting my last three in New Zealand and then the Gold Coast next month!
The day we were at Bondi Beach, Tash Oakley was too. She is a famous fitness and fashion advocate and an Australian model who travels the globe in style. She posted a picture a few hours later of the exact location I was at earlier that day and I was freaking out that we could have walked past her or been within feet of her. Anyways, Bondi Beach was so beautiful and is definitely somewhere I will be returning to someday. It was another unforgettable weekend in Sydney, with at least 4 more left to come.
7 DAYS until volunteering at the Beer Crafting competition as a Server Girl in Sydney
17 DAYS until Oktoberfest in Sydney
20 DAYS until NEW ZEALAND!!!!!
40 DAYS until I visit the rest of my family on the Gold Coast
45 DAYS until Stereosonic Music Festival
OH YEAH, I booked a solo trip to New Zealand which I am SOOOOO excited about. My itinerary is awesome, adventure-packed and filled with SO many activities such as skydiving, glow worm cave tubing, black water rafting, black sand beaches, natural springs, mountain trekking, visiting the set of the Lord of the Rings & many, many more. I absolutely cannot wait and can't believe it is in 20 days. My time here is unwinding way too fast, so I promise I will be posting as much as I can through these next seven weeks!!! Thanks for reading <3