It is hard to believe that it is already April; my time on exchange is flying by. Probably at least partially because I have been quite busy. So what have I been up to in March? If you haven’t already seen it, I made a video about a week in my life, which you can checkout here. Otherwise, just keep on reading.
The thing that has been taking up most of my time has been playing field hockey, but I am definitely not complaining. I’m currently training two evenings a week and playing in a game every weekend. The club I am at has a great atmosphere, and I also spend time on the weekends cheering on other teams. It has been an amazing opportunity to get to know some locals and it is making my exchange experience so much better.
I am still going to the beach a lot, and I can tell that most people there these days are probably tourists since it has been getting a bit colder (for the locals at least). Sorry mom and dad, but I have also spent a lot of time going out with my friends. Yes, I have friends how sick is that? This past Friday we did a pub crawl that is supposedly the biggest one in the southern hemisphere. It was super fun and I would definitely include it in the highlights of my exchange so far.
Even though I have a lot of fun going out with my friends, I have actually made relationships here that are deeper than that and I think that is so amazing. If you know me you know I am quite social and spending time with friends in the evenings has really my time in Adelaide better.
When I’m not playing field hockey or hanging out with my friends, I am often doing school work. I am so lucky that I’m actually enjoying the classes I am taking and that the workload is not overwhelming. It has been an eye opening experience to learn sociology in a different country because the topics are very different and I am gaining a new perspective.
At this point I think it is important to address that I am feeling a little homesick. I’ve been here for more than a month and some big things are happening back home that it feels weird to miss. This has really just started in the last week or so, but I’ve found that talking about it with people here, as well as people back home, has made it a lot better. Again, it is so nice to have made friends here who I can talk about this kind of stuff with.
Luckily, I’m not sure if I will have much time to be homesick in April since I am going to Melbourne and then Tasmania. Stay tuned for lots of updates on those adventures!