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Aussie day onward…

G’day!

I can tell I’ve been here for a month because I’m actually starting to use their lingo! The longer I’m here the more and more in love with Australia I’m falling.  We got a chance to see how the Aussie’s celebrate a national holiday on Australia Day. It fell on a Tuesday this year so we had a shorter work week. Some of the group, including myself, decided to head to Coogee beach to start the day off right. We stayed there and watched volleyball tournaments etc on the beach. There were also DJs playing and it was just fun all around. After the beach we headed back to our apartments to get ready to go to Darling Harbor to see the fireworks. We stopped off at a local microbrewery first which was really cool. We got to talk to the owners/bartenders all about their business. It was super interesting. Then we headed down to DH and watched the fireworks (along with 1000s of others!). They were amazing!! Absolutely beautiful. After the fireworks were over we headed to a local pub to mingle with locals and listen to some bands. All in all a fantastic day!

I am still loving my internship. I’ve actually changed locations now though and am working at Woodbury School. It’s located about 30 miles outside of Sydney in a suburb called Baulkham Hills. It’s kinda cool to get out of the city for a bit and see how the rest of this area lives. The suburb is really nice and the school is absolutely gorgeous. At Woodbury I’ve been doing a lot of observing and learning and yesterday I actually got to aid with some of the therapy drills. I had a supervisor checking in on me, of course. But for the most part it was all on me. I had to conduct the drills and take the data and although it was a bit nerve wracking at first it was definitely a great experience. They told me too that I’d be able to do more hands on work like that in the coming weeks.

This past weekend a group of us went up to the Gold Coast-specifically to a place called Surfer’s Paradise. Unfortunately it rained most of the weekend so we didn’t get out to the beach a ton. But that just gave me some more time to expand my wardrobe-which you’ll never find me complaining about :) It was still a fun trip though and it was cool to get out and see another part of the country.  Coming up next week almost the entire group is heading to the Hunter Valley for a wine tour. Should be a lot of fun. And the weekend after that a smaller group and I are headed up to Cairns (pronounced Cans here) which is where the Great Barrier Reef is located. I absolutely can not wait and I really hope we get nice weather!

Well that’s about it for now. Can’t wait for what’s to come!

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