Saturday, May 30, 2009
Had a pretty uneventful week, but anticipated my German friends 23 birthday celebration that would be on Saturday! It had been sometime since I actually just went over to a friends place to hang out. Her theme was to come dressed up representing a country. It ended up being a really neat idea. I tried to wear red, white, and blue to be America…I had no intention of spending money on an outfit. Some people pulled off some really good looks like Spain, Greece, China, etc...along with dressing up people brought drinks and food to go along with the country, so it was really nice to have some actual food with plenty of variety!
May 29: Sunshine Coast Turf Club- Ladies Oaks: Race Day, Caloundra
Friday was an absolutely beautiful day! We used it very effectively as well I must admit! Woke up early, got all fancy, and headed to a friends apartment for a group breakfast. We spent all day at the horse races. There were so many people, many with awesome, classy outfits, hats, and fascinators. Unfortunately, I didn’t win any money, but then again I barely bet!
May 30: Eumundi Markets- Noosa Hinterlands
After the long anticipated waiting period, I finally went to the markets! Weekend after weekend I said I would, but something would come up or the weather would not cooperate! So after buses, trains, buses, and beautiful scenery, we made it to Eumundi and experienced the life of local vendors, original Australian made arts, crafts, clothes, jewelry, and food! We took advantage of all the free samples or course and spent a beautiful day outside browsing the booths.
Monday, May 18, 2009
I was able to finish off my weekend spending Sunday at the beach relaxing! We haven’t had heat like we did this weekend for a couple weeks now so it was a really nice change. What I thought would be just me and my friend Jess turned into about 10 of us. The boys mostly all surfed, the girls layed out and listened to tunes, and we all randomly went for walks around Alex or runs down the beach. Makes for a great morning : )
Monday, May 4, 2009
Southern Cross University
The weekend finally came and I was able to get away and go visit one of my friends who is studying abroad here in Australia as well! On Friday I started my journey by catching the bus and train to Brisbane, where I would walk around the city and kill sometime until my next bus to Lismore arrived. After a VERY interesting bus ride the boys picked me up at the Lismore train station.
We headed to meet up Wes' roommates and friends at a local restaraunt to celebrate one of their birthdays. It was a nice evening, even though I arrived about an hour later than I was suppose to :/ All of the friends were really fun and outgoing, which was refreshing!
The rest of the night was spent playing ping pong, eating cake, and just hanging out--preparing for the next big day we had ahead of us!
Saturday was the long awaited 'Race Day' that all the Southern Cross Uni students had been very anxious and excited for! The school put on a breakfast for the residents and then shuttled us out on buses to the race track. The weather turned out to be great and the whoel experience was brand new to me! I really enjoyed meeting new people, betting on horses with Wes(even though I didn't win), and hanging around the track for the day. Of course, I can't forget to mention the very last race...which consisted of a crazy Canadian streaking right down the main stretch in front of the entire crowd, ha!
What was a really fun day turned into an even more interesting night...and that is pretty much all I have to say about that! A lot of laughing : )
The next morning Matty drove us to spend the morning and afternoon at Byron Bay. The 45 minute ride their itself was really beautiful. So much green and so many hills! We took a walk up and around the the most easterly point of Australia!! and then on to the lighthouse.
We had a great view with a lot of turquoise water, unending beaches, some turtles, stingrays, and other aquatic animals. We headed back down to have a bbq at the beach, soaked up the sun, and the boys attempted to do some body boarding!
We ended the day walking around Byron and seeing what the town has to offer! I could see myself bumming around this little surf/hippie town for a weekend again some time. Three o'clock was well on its way when I had to jump back on a bus for a long ride home. It was a really great day and the weather was on our side. It started pouring right when my bus pulled away :)
Had a wonderful Thursday night out at the apartments and then at our UNI night location, Woombye. My friend Britt was telling everyone it was my birthday, so none-the-less it was a very comical night and I laughed every time she tried to convince randoms to buy me a drink. Since she wasn’t able to be with me on my birthday she apparently thought tonight was a good way of making up for it! It was great.
Later that weekend a large group of us took a bus to climb one of the Glass House Mountains. Just trying to find the mountain was a good portion of the adventure!
The Glass House Mountains are believed to have formed from volcanic activity. They were once plugs of lava which cooled with volcanic cones. Erosion of the surrounding limestone has revealed the existing landscape and unique structure of the mountains. There are 14 mountains in total spread over 600,000 hectares.
We climbed Mt Ngungun which is 253 M. On our walk to there we passed a pineapple field, which I loved of course! I had never seen one before and nothing screams Chelsey more than an endless supply of her favorite fruit! After the climb, we walked around a little town and played at the park while we waited for the next train back.