Although I said in my last blog that I would be hiding from the sun in my nice air-conditioned room, that’s not strictly true, I am in my room right now, but instead I have the heater on as its about 15 degrees and I didn’t have space in my 30kg luggage allowance to pack a duvet…Packing was an interesting experience! Whilst packing for a holiday can be quite fun, packing for spending a year in another country is a lot harder. I think I must have packed and then repacked my suitcases about 5 times, its a great process for working out which items of clothing you value the most though, as you are sure to create a reject pile for the clothes that don’t fit in (I’ll miss my 100s of black t-shirts, but I guess I’ll still be able to wear them when I come home).
Eventually I managed to get everything packed so my next big challenge was the journey. Now I’m not a massive fan of flying, but I didn’t actually find it too bad. I watched so many movies, but now I’m regretting that decision as it meant I didn’t get much sleep and now I am soooooo jet-lagged. Even the plane food was pretty nice which was a definite plus. I had a stopover in Dubai which was awesome as Dubai International Airport is very fancy and has loads of really expensive shops that I wondered around, pretending I had enough money to buy anything. An added bonus was the fact they had a massive TV showing the World Cup (which was unfortunately showing the Brazil v Belgium match, not the England v Sweden match which I missed as it was on at 1am Australian time, and I’d just about managed to find some sleep at this point!)
I arrived in Adelaide at 8pm Saturday evening and was picked up from the airport by the University’s Meet and Greet team which was super useful as I had no idea where I was going. I was then driven to the uni, picked up my room key and found my flat. The flat is really nice, with a kitchen and living room downstairs and a bathroom and 3 bedrooms upstairs. My flatmates are nice too, but they mainly spend all their time in their rooms, so I can’t wait till term actually starts and everyone is back so I can meet the other international students and my coursemates. Flinders Uni is about 40 minutes away from Adelaide city centre and its situated on top of a hill which means I am going to be very fit by the end of my year here. The hill is great though as it gives you an amazing view of the city and you can even see the sea! The campus is massive and there is a literal forest in the middle of it so I hope I don’t get lost!! I have my orientation and a load of tours of the city, beach and other places next week, but until then I shall be spending lots of my time sleeping trying to get over this jet-lag!