The worldwide Augustana College experience

Don’t Blink.

 


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Time is flying! So much has happened since I last posted. Honestly any down time I have is usually spent planning the next adventure. I think I will be fully taking advantage of the fifteen hour flight home to catch up on sleep. Well, shall we begin?

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Surf camp, oh surf camp. Can anyone picture me successfully ‘riding the waves’? Yeah, me neither. Surfing is hard. I give those long-haired surfer dudes (excuse my stereotyping) so much credit. I think I got up and fell off of that large board about 30 times. I didn’t even mind falling because I was having so much fun though. I don’t think the quote, “To fall is not fail, you fail when you don’t try” has ever applied to my life more. It was nice because the instructors at the camp, all college aged bros who teach surfing for a living (not a bad gig) would help stabilize the board when you would try and stand the first few times. Rest assured, I still managed to get swamped by any wave that came my way. I think the hardest part of camp was trying to get out to the waves. On your way out, other waves are crashing in. Then, say you let go of the board on accident when a big waves comes crashing in, you go flying soon after because it’s attached to your ankle! Not that I did that…only about 500 times…After a full day of surfing we had a party on the beach. It was awesome. Our whole group came out and hung around the bonfire with the instructors and other campers. Not to mention the private beach, which was beautiful! It was a great weekend!

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(Princess goes to surf camp. Emily and I were the only two on the trip to bring our own pillows. No regrets.)

Melbourne was our next destination. I wasn’t looking that forward to it because it kind of slipped my mind. We’ve had this trip planned since long before we even left for Australia. Though I’m so glad we did because it was a blast! And my first hostel experience! I don’t why but I’ve always wanted to stay in a hostel, probably just so I could say I’ve experienced it. The ten of us stayed at the Metro YHA, and I have no complaint. My bed was clean, the showers were clean, and I met a bunch of foreign people backpacking around. It was a good time.

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On our first day in Melbourne, Emily, Andrew and I decided to explore the town. We did some damage at Queen Victoria Market (aka home to a plethora of fresh fruit and cheap souvenirs) then proceeded to wander with no destination. We ended up at the grounds where the Australian Open was held. Em and I had been bummed about our poor planning and missing the Open, so we at least wanted to check out the courts. Thank goodness we did because we ended up seeing a qualifying doubles match of the Pro Tour! it turns out one of the one guy playing was ranked number one junior in the world. It was awesome. That night we went to an AFL game. One of the Australians we met at YHA said it was just like our NFL. It wasn’t the slightest bit similar. I would compare it more so to our soccer than anything. I enjoyed it, and had been wanting to see an Australian sport. Cross that off my bucket list.

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The Great Ocean Road is another of the ‘Must Do’ things when in Melbourne. So yes, we had to do it. The bus picked us up outside of YHA at 7:15 am. The day consisted of driving along this historical road full of breathtaking views and remarkable stops. It was definitely something I will never forget.

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Although the driver thought we were stupid for doing this, we requested he drop us off at the airport when the tour was over. We got to Avalon airport at about 8pm, and our flight was not until 6am the next morning…

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But why waste money on booking another night in a hostel when you can play cards for 10 hours?

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And nap.

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And do gymnastics in the terminal.

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Can’t say I would do it again, but we lived and saved some money in the process!

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Cheers,

Katie

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