G’day mates! O-week (orientation week) officially ended about a week ago, and it went out with a bang! On Thursday, the school set up a cruise for us in the Sydney Harbour. The theme was Australiana, so we had to dress up in all things Australian! My friends and I hit up a party shop in the mall and bought some Happy Australia Day sashes and massive light-up pins that say Australia. The cruise was an absolute blast! As beautiful has the Sydney harbour is during the day, it is even more beautiful at night. The views from the boat were stunning. The bridge loomed over us, while the Sydney Opera House was lit up, white and majestic, off to the side. In the backdrop was the entire skyline. I tried to get as many pictures as I could, but they just don’t do the view justice. It’s definitely a sight to see. After partying it up on the cruise for hours, a large group of us headed to a nightclub called Ivy in the city! It was a great way to end the night, and was definitely one of the most memorable ones I’ve had since coming to Sydney.

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On Saturday, a large group of us from the apartment complex I live in decided to head to Bondi beach, Sydney’s most famous (and most “touristy”) beach. Of course we weren’t planning on going swimming (it’s still winter here, remember?), but there is a beautiful coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach (another one of Sydney’s famous beaches) that we wanted to go on. I think I’ve probably raved enough about Australian beaches by now for you to get the picture, but seriously, the beaches here are GORGEOUS! The water was a beautiful bright blue, and the large cliffs just drop right into the water. The entire walk was full of breathtaking views of the ocean. One of the coolest things I saw on the walk was the Bondi Icebergs, a swimming club pretty much located in the ocean. The swimming pools are right in the ocean, but slightly elevated. When a wave comes, water from the ocean rushes into the swimming pools. It’s a way for people swim in the ocean without having to deal with the rough currents! By far the coolest swimming pool I have ever seen. Once we arrived at Coogee Beach, we took a walk into the town for some food and refreshments. It was there that I had my first Tim Tam experience. Tim Tams are a type of chocolate cookie sold here, and from what I had heard, they are absolutely addicting (dangerous for a chocolate addict like me). My first Tim Tam experience wasn’t trying the cookie though; it was a Tim Tam milkshake! Let me tell you, it was the greatest milkshake I’ve ever had. It was chocolate bliss!

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Two days later, I had my first REAL Tim Tam experience (I actually tried the cookies), and I’m not ashamed to say I’m absolutely addicted to these disgustingly unhealthy cookies. Speaking of Tim Tams, I think I’m going to head to the supermarket to buy some right now!

Hoo roo for now!