It’s that mood you’re in when you’ve been studying in the library for 8+ hours, or when you’ve been waiting around all day for your event at the track meet. You kind of start to laugh at everything that moves and trip over things that aren’t really there. You’re intoxicated with anticipation and exhaustion, and you feel like you might be going a little crazy. Encompassing this persona when meeting new people gives a great first impression of yourself. Needless to say, I was helplessly caught in this mood for a good few days upon arrival. To those I met initially, they probably couldn’t understand me not because of the American accent but because I was speaking straight up jiberish. The time adjustment will eventually happen, I just know it!
So each day after I involuntarily wake up at 4:30 am, I explore the immediate area by going for a run. For those of you who know me well, you might be thinking “go figure”, but it’s actually been a fantastic way to get to know the place better. I’ve discovered that it’s a very suburban area and emanates safety and friendliness. On the other hand, I have been informed many times that I have chosen an interesting place for an exchange. Disclaimer: the term “interesting” implying that USQ is kind of in the middle of nowhere. I think this pertains to the small size of the campus and the fact that it isn’t exactly in the heart of the city.
Along with that, Danielle and I have been situated for almost a week and we are already becoming soo restless. I’ll explain why in a minute. The second day in Brisbane we decided to go on an escapade of figuring out the public transportation system in Southern Queensland. We made it to Brisbane and found some sushi, then took another train to the coast. Once we got off there, we followed whatever direction was east until we ended up at the Pacific.
Not the most glamorous of beaches, but we were overjoyed. We found the ocean! So we took a dip, only to be asked by someone if there were any jellyfishes swimming about. Oooh right, that. “Uhh…nope!” I responded with a funny feeling that I had been lucky. Just to keep up the little-kid-in-the-summer thing we had going on, we bought some ice cream cones near the beach and then headed home.
I wish I could say the rest of this week has been as fun and happy-go-lucky, but it’s been more about attending orientation and figuring out the vibe that this campus has. This is where the restlessness sets in. There are so many plans to make and things to do in five months (along with school) that I think I might explode. Simultaneously, the students on campus have been somewhat holed up in their apartments which adds to the impatience of finally meeting everyone. I’m sure that will change once classes officially commence. In the mean time Danielle and I have literally knocked on every door with a soccer ball in hand. There are people here, they are just hermits.
Besides that, I have many missions in mind. The list includes hunting down Ed Sheeran on his tour and Ellen Degeneres, going north to the Great Barrier Reef and down south to Sydney, and finding my way to the outback (which won’t be difficult as 70% of the country is the outback). New Zealand would be a dream. I guess I’m not sure the next time I’ll be back in this mysterious corner of the world, so I better take in as much as I can now!
Wish me luck,
P.S. Bachelor update: Ben’s season has now made it to Australia. PLEASE no spoilers on Sean’s, I’m still looking for links 🙂