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.


One Week Left!

For the past month, when asked when I was leaving, I would just reply, “Oh, not till February 5th, I’ve got plenty of time.”  This week while packing and making some final arrangements, however,  it set in that I’m leaving next Sunday.  In fact, it was just last week before I realized I could start packing, being that I certainly won’t be needing many sweaters and jeans where I’m going.

Speaking of where I’m going, for those of you I haven’t talked to, I’ll be studying at James Cook University in Townsville QLD, Australia.  Townsville is on the north-eastern coast of Australia, pretty much in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.  When I get there, it will be in the low 90’s/high 80’s, and when I leave in June it will be in the low 80’s/high 70’s.

The entrance at James Cook

The campus is about 20 minutes outside of downtown Townsville in a more rural area, but I’m still pretty okay with living 20 minutes from the beach.

Anyways, I’m sure this week will be busy with getting everything ready to go, but I’ll try to get another post in before I leave on Sunday.

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.

-Charles Schultz