Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Just exactly how often does this happen...



Yesterday morning everyone was surprised to walk out of lecture and discover that the world was ending- Actually it was just tons and tons (literally) of very fine dust from the Outback. As you may have heard, it started in Sydney yesterday morning (http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/09/22/world/international-us-australia-weather.html?scp=1&sq=sydney&st=cse) and worked it's way up to Brisbane by noon. Today we finished our last day of classes and tomorrow we all get to finally learn what lawnbowling actually is. Over the past week I've also learned that as it turns out, everything is more dangerous in Australia: animals (our professor warned us yesterday that, "There are snakes here that will kill you before you hit the ground"), wall sockets (he also warned us that 240 volts could give us a "nasty shock"), and even street crossings ("Right is right"- i.e. cars come from the other direction here- this one's tricky). Culturally things have been pretty similar (like California), except for morning tea, sports (I'm still working on rugby, and I haven't even thought about Australia Rules Football or Cricket yet...), and passing people on the left. This weekend I'm hoping to make it out to the mountains northwest of the city and maybe make it to a soccer game. More to come in a couple days...

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