We had our first full day with no rain today, it has rained for the last three days, ALL DAY! Yesterday we had rain in the morning and sun in the afternoon it was a sight for sore eyes. Someone joked at orientation Monday that all this rain was not in the brochure. Because of all the rain there we had a few down days of nothing to exciting. Early in the week we taught some Canadians how to play Euchre and surprisingly our new Australian roommate (who by the way is teaching how to speak Australian! So great!) knew how to play! Ashley and I were very impressed. Cards has been a common theme in apartment 55 these days, we have played a lot because of the rain. But a quick update from the week;
Monday: Orientation day! And RAIN ☹ but we made it fun, went to some presentations got our pictures taken and got some paperwork done. At noon there was a BBQ for the students where we experienced our first aussie sausage. It was surprisingly good. (I wish I had a picture but judging by how often they seem to serve them I think ill have another chance) What it is is a giant sausage they put on the Barbie, and then they put in not on a bun but a plan piece of white bread, you can put a little barbeque sauce or some tomato sauce (catsup) on your bread, I prefer the BBQ sauce which was odd because I typically don’t like BBQ sauce. And on top of it all some onions that were also on the grill. They were very good! The rest of Monday consisted of a trip to the bank, cards, and some more rain.
Tuesday: it rained some more til mid afternoon, when we got a slight break in the rain we headed into town to walk around some, a few people wanted to look at some surf boards so we walked around the little shops and had a good time, only a few sprinkles and when it wasn’t raining it was crazy humid so we stopped for some ice cream! It was very good, it was very similar to cold stone ice cream but they call it cold rock, Ashley and I thought that was kind of funny. Tuesday night brought a first for most of us, a toga party! The apartment complex welcome back BBQ was toga themed so we all had a great time making some toga, I have pictures that are currently being downloaded to my computer and I will hopefully post tomorrow! That night was great fun and I finally went to my first college toga party. Our Australian roommate Holly thought it was so odd that we had never been to a toga party at home because on TV and movies American colleges are portrayed to have big parties like that.
Wednesday, brought some morning rain and a cloudy day we thought it would be fun to hit the zoo so we set off to do that, however plans changed when we had missed the bus because our timetable was wrong. We were rather upset about it but moved on when willy offered to cook lunch! We headed back to the apartment for a gourmet meal; pasta, steamed veggis, and cashew chicken all from scratch with no help. Willy is from France and he always says how odd it is that we eat lunch “on the go” when he is at home they sit down and eat together for every meal, so he was so happy to cook for us and sit and eat and we were all more than happy to eat! After lunch the rain had cleared so we headed to the Beach we wanted to see Mooloolaba so that is where we went. We didn’t stay long because the clouds returned and it looked like we might get some rain, which we did as soon as we were back on the bus. When we got home Ashley and I took our bikes to the store they worked great! We had chicken and corn and potatoes on the Barbie for dinner, then some more cards!
The wonderful lunch Willy made for us all
Thursday: our first full day of sun! Besides a slight shower in the morning) all of our Canadian friends had a mandatory orientation meeting along with a few other programs so the apartment complex was a little quieter than normal, though we weren’t complaining. We spend the day out on our deck in the sun reading our books and talking. It was very relaxing! That night we played some tennis because the courts had dried off and then we were off to a new tavern for 2dollar tacos. However they did not anticipate so many people and ran out of tacos ☹ so we went for a walk in search of new food. Chinese was what we found and it was Delicious! Then back to the Tavern for a while then it was home where we sat out on our deck in the peaceful still air watching the Giant bright moon and talking, then once again the rain came, not for long but it sent us inside for the night.
Friday: today! Today was an exciting day. We hopped on a bus at 9am for the Hinterland tour. Our first stop, Kondalilla falls, we hiked around in the national part for a few hours and saw so many beautiful waterfalls, one of which had a rock pool at the base and we got to go swimming, the water was freezing at first but then felt so refreshing, it was different to be swimming in freshwater again. the best part of the morning was getting to jump off the falls, (pictures to come soon!!) It was a lot of fun and we are hopping to go back when we aren’t on such a time frame. The rest of the falls were beautiful the featured Kondalilla Fall was around 80m tall SO BIG! And it was beautiful; I enjoyed walking around and experiencing Gods great creation, so different then what we have at home, just one more reason I am so blessed to be here. After the falls it was lunchtime! we were all very hungry after all the hiking we did. After lunch we headed off to anther national park, one with a view of the Glass House Mountains, they were very beautiful. I hope at some point during my trip I will get the chance to see them up close. The rainforest walk was fun as well, not quiet as eventful as all the waterfalls but unique and fun in its own way. The rainforest walk was surrounded with new types of trees and vines we had never seen before some straight and some curled, it was really cool. The fig trees were really cool to see up close they are SO tall and so windy together their roots go on forever. It was an interesting walk. After the rainforest it was a bus trip back to the school. After a great day of adventure! When we got home we jumped in the pool and swam for a little while, then we sent the boys to the store for dinner. Tonight was chicken/prawn (shrimp) alfredo. Yum! Then some more cards and just hanging out and talking. We were all very tired from a long day so we called it an early/lazy night. And as I write this I may of jinxed the rain because it is once again raining here on the sunshine coast, but it is kind of nice because it cools it down and when it is well into the 80s with humidity and no AC ill take the rain if it cools it down so I can sleep! I am off to bed now because early tomorrow morning we are leaving for the Zoo! We are all very excited to see the famous Steve Irwin zoo, there are so many attractions our hope is to hold some Koalas, pet the tigers, feed the elephants and hopefully hang out with some kangaroos! Pray that we have a beautiful day to spend at the zoo and for fajita night on the Barbie!
Watch a video of my hinterland trip here!
We have had such a great time so far, and were talking tonight how quickly friendships have formed we are our own little family here on the other side of the world. Continue to pray for the other kids I get the chance to interact with so that they can continue asking questions about my faith and who I live my life for and get my Joy from, as well for me so that God will give me the words to speak to them! It is exciting to see God working here and helps me not to be homesick although some days I do miss home when I have my breakfast skype dates where I am eating my frootloops and my family at home is having a nice steak dinner, I enjoying my self everyday and have no regrets for coming. I am meeting new people from all over and experiencing new things daily. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world! The prayers and support from home have been so encouraging. This week I received my first few pieces of mail and they were wonderful to get, a little piece of home! Thank you to all who have sent letter or cards you have no idea how exciting it is to get them. Today was a great day with great friends enjoying Gods wonderful creation here on the sunshine coast!! I am sure I will update tomorrow after my wonderful zoo trip! Have a great day!