It felt really, really strange, having just arrived in my university accommodation to then have to leave it two days later to move somewhere else! The beach tour was going to be three days of 'aussie experience' including surfing, bike riding, hiking, kayaking and yoga... It was kind of tiring to be moving around all the time, but for free it seemed worth it!
The bus picked us up at a reasonable time in the
morning and I was highly amused by the Australian student reps that
were coming with us. Whether they mean to be or not, they are funny. The
journey pretty much followed this huge winding road called the great
ocean road for three hours, so anyone that was hung over did NOT have
too much fun! The scenery was beautiful however, and the weather has
been incredible here every day so far.
I don't know if you can imagine (because I didn't take a picture) sandy coloured coastlines with azure water all around...
we finally arrived (and after some precarious corner turns on a cliff
edge in the coach) we arrived at a relatively nice hotel. Was this the
hotel we would be staying in? No! Of course not. We had a nice little
cheap hostel all lined up for us, wooden planks for beds and all. Don't
get me wrong, it wasn't that bad I suppose... not for two
nights anyway. The scenery was generally very nature-ry and beautiful,
and there were so many different types of bird.
struck me most about Lorne (that's where we were) were the birds. White
cockatoos with yellow pop up bits (the type you usually only see in pet
shops in the UK) living in huge colonies in the trees, and waking us up
with a screeching chorus in the morning. Parrots as well, and magpies,
and parakeets, and more cockatoos.
The first day of the
tour was mainly the journey, a meeting where we received information
about orientation back at Deakin, and getting to our rooms. It was
Tuesday, the next day, that would be the busy and fun one.
morning had an early start- our first activity was scheduled to start
at 8, breakfast at 7, so it was whatever time before that you could pull
yourself out of bed. Although judging by how uncomfortable the beds
were, it was relatively easy... We were split into different groups by
wristband colour which is always fun. More icebreaker stuff! Yay!
I opted to go for mountain biking along the coast between 8-10am, surfing 1-3pm, then beach yoga 3-5pm.
was great, but super tiring. I managed to catch a wave a few times, but
its much more difficult than it looks! I almost stood up twice, but
never rode one unfortunately. I was moderately jealous of the
Australians and a few Californian students who seemed to be pros and
kind of just swooshed over the top of us others from time to time. I had
chosen the beach yoga because I thought it might have been relaxing
after the surfing... I was completely wrong. It absolutely KILLED me!
Even more than the surfing had! Damn yoga.
The day was long, but interesting and fun. Unfortunately I got minorly sunburnt on my face, which I really didn't appreciate.
were good, one night was a typical aussie BBQ! I wasn't sure if I was
eating kangaroo or not, but I sure as hell didn't care! It was tasty!
we got to wednesday. An early start once again- and even though we were
getting on the coach to go back first thing in the morning, it would
take about 9 hours to get home because we were doing a coach tour to
this place called the twelve apostles, with some stops inbetween.
I mean, the twelve apostles were cool and all, but they were just kinda lumps of rock...
was really glad to be back to familiar, albeit for a short amount of
time, ground. However, it wouldn't be long before I was busy again...
Tune in next time, to Enrolling with Jenn!