Archive for February, 2012

O-week

I’ve been super busy since my last post.  Last Saturday, we spent a day at the Strand, which is the most popular beach in Townsville.  Since we are in the middle of Box Jellyfish season, you can only swim in the stinger enclosures.  They have two areas netted off to swim in on the beach, but the nets aren’t 100% guaranteed to keep out stingers.

There is also a filtered pool called the Rockpool.  It’s still ocean water, but it’s just put through finer filters so there is no chance that Jellyfish can be in there.  We hung out there for a while, then stopped at one of the many fish and chips shops on the Strand for dinner.

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The Rockpool at the Strand

On Sunday, we headed down to Ross River, a river that runs nearby campus.  It’s slow moving and warm, so it was great to swim in.  There were also rope swings tied to some trees on the bank that we got a chance to use.

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These are the trees with the swing. You can kinda see the rope hanging from the right branch

The rest of the week has been filled with orientation meetings, games, and events.  Although I’m adjusting to the time well now, I still find myself getting tired around 11 with all of the stuff I’m doing during the day.  In addition to some University sponsored events, we’ve had events that are just with our Hall, like a tavern night, lawn bowling, and a toga party.  This weekend, O-week is finishing off a music festival.  It’ll be nice to have a relaxing weekend before classes finally start up again on Monday.

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We’re Here!

So I said I wanted to do another post before I left, but I was just too too busy.  All of our flights, although long, weren’t too bad.  We flew from Pittsburgh to Dallas, Dallas to Brisbane (a 16 hour flight), Brisbane to Cairns, and finally Cairns to Townsville.  Probably the most memorable thing on our flight was during our Cairns and Townsville flights, we flew over the Great Barrier Reef. The colors in the water were breath-taking.

Just a little part of the reef we saw from the plane

When we landed, a shuttle service picked up us and another student from CMU.  She was living off campus for the semester, so they dropped her off at hostel in town and took us to our dorm.  So far, I’d have to say I’m most thankful for air conditioning.  It’s been in the 90’s with the humidity around 70%.  Although it’s nice to be out in the sun, it’s even nicer to get inside and be able to cool off.

Other than being hot, it’s simply amazing here.  I’ll post all my pictures on my facebook, so if you get a chance, check them out.  We got to see lots of animals like wallabies, geckos, and tons of beautiful birds.  The campus is right up against the mountains so the scenery is great, too.

We still have a day before things get started here, so we’ve been sleeping off our jet lag the best that we can.  Anyway, enjoy the pictures and I’ll be sure to post again soon.