Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Writing this blog is taking every little bit of brainpower that I have remaining today, but I am excited to report on my last couple of weeks. Well, last week was not the most exciting of weeks, in fact it was rather mundane, so I’m going to skip it. This week however was far from boring. As all of you know, Australia does not celebrate Thanksgiving, so I was stuck going to class all week. On top of that, I had/have 4 final projects due, which has really made for an eventful Thanksgiving week. Luckily, as I type to you, I have completed and turned in 3 of those projects, leaving that dreaded last graded assignment of the semester yet to finish. This has been one of the tougher weeks in my academic career, highlighted by the fact that all of my family and friends back home are kicking back, enjoying the holiday. I will not take mid-semester breaks for granted anymore as they truly are rejuvenating and a great stress reliever.
Okay that’s enough of that little pity party. In between all of the research and keyboard pecking there were plenty of good moments. I have realized that no matter how much work there is to be done, there is always time for beach volleyball and swimming. I have played volleyball nearly everyday the past couple of weeks as summer is quickly approaching. It’s a great stress reliever and heaps of fun. Volleyball is always followed by a dip in the pool to cool off and catch a few more rays. No better way to forget about Uni for a couple of hours.
Yesterday a group of 40+ people from at least a dozen countries gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving. The non-American’s loved it just as much as we did, because in Australia you can use anything as an excuse to have a party. That being said, it was really neat to celebrate with everyone from different cultures. Dinner was a potluck style buffet with all sorts of dishes from each person’s home country. This was a fantastic meal and evening that was unlike anything I have ever been a part of. There was no turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, or mashed potatoes. So what was there? Well, dishes from Australia, America, Nigeria, Germany, Sweden, China, England, Norway, etc… It was fantastic! I wanted to try everything, but it would have been impossible. A few items that stood out were kangaroo, African pasta, and my personal favorite, Sweet Potato Casserole! I also ate several mystery dishes and honestly liked each of them.
I was the lame American who brought pre-packaged rolls, only to be outdone by someone else who made warm garlic bread. I wasn’t too upset though. While we all crammed copious amounts of food in our mouths, people would stand on their chair and say what they were thankful for. The night was a fantastic and unique experience that will stick with me for many years to come.
Although I do wish I could have been in the North Carolina Mountains with my family, this was not a bad alternate. I hope that everyone had a phenomenal, relaxing, and fattening Thanksgiving! I also hope you all get some sweet Black Friday deals, as I’m sure Mark Wilson will be first in line at some clothing store. I swear my Dad has never bought a clothing item that wasn’t on sale. It is crazy to think that I will be on a plane home in less than a month. I seriously can’t wait to see everyone when I get back. Miss y’all!
There are a lot more pictures that other people haven’t uploaded yet, but these are just a few that I took. Oh and I rocked the mustache for 2 days for MOvember. It was hideous.