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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Australian Diaries.. Part 2

So the week continued to drag on.. there was a day when we had been attending lectures for 10 whole hours!! By the way in case I haven't mentioned I am studying at Curtin University.

curtin university
 As soon as Friday arrived, the atmosphere here changed. Everyone around was much more relaxed and jovial. The shops shut even earlier than usual! 

There is a sort of custom here where everyone parties and chills out on every weekend with drinks and other stuff.

I don't drink and I am a vegetarian. So when my classmates invited me to a pub in the university campus I just went along with them out of curiosity. I wanted to see how things work here in Australia. I took a good look around the pub called Tavern which is located inside the university.

 It's really a good thing to see people so relaxed and happy on the weekends even though I am against drinking of any sort.

I left early from the pub and had a nice walk in the rain on the way back home,

So on saturday, me and my colleagues, all of us decided that we had enough of studies and it was time to do some sight- seeing.

We traveled to a beach called Cottlesloe Beach here in Perth.
cottlesloe beach


It was the first time I traveled in a train here in Australia. The platforms here are extraordinarily clean and the trains are fast and smooth.

As soon as we arrived at the beach, I saw seagulls around. We don't get to see seagulls in India so I was really happy to see them.
seagull

The beach  is pristine and clear and the water is amazingly blue and lots of wind blew all over. It was a breathtaking sight and I just couldn't get enough of it!
cottlesloe beach

We entered the water . It seemed cold at first but warm later. Even though we were sort of at the very edge of the coast inside the water, the waves were very strong! They carried us to and fro with them and we had to put all our energy so that we don't go away with the waves and get drowned!

We spent a lot of time at the beach.. It made me feel peaceful, stress free and happy, Just looking at the surroundings made me feel calm. A feeling I am sure you all must have experienced whenever you have gone on the beach!
me 

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After that we decided to visit a place called Kings Park which is located in the centre of Perth. It is a 4.06 km park and is one of the world's largest inner city parks and a popular destination here. We went by the back gate and had to climb quite a few steps to reach the park at the top. Quite a good exercise it was!

As soon as we reached the top the view from there was totally beyond words. The park overlooks the swan river which runs from within the city and also some amazing buildings and contructions of the city can be viewed from there. It's totally cool!
View from Kings Park 





We stayed there until it became dark so that we could view the lights. The view after it's dark too is amazing and should be experienced if one visits Perth.
view of perth city from kings park at night!

There was a party going on in Kings Park in the evening and so we saw everyone arriving in huge limousines and hummer limousines. They all wore such pretty dresses and suits. It was the first time I I saw a hummer limo and so I was totally awestruck!
hummer limousine

It was late by the time we all got back to our respective homes but it was a day well spent.

P.S.  I had a margarita pizza yesterday which I ordered because it is vegetarian and it wasn't that good to be honest. Couldn't finish more than half of it.

By the way I had some really nice Thai food on Friday which was a good dish for a vegetarian like me. Full of mushrooms, basil, brocolli and some other yummy stuff and sauce served with rice.
Thai Food










That's all for now I guess..

Catch up with you all soon!

Till then

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You,






Link to part 1 of this post:  http://manasi23.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/australian-diaries-part-1.html



Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Australian Diaries.. Part 1.

It was the month of September when my VISA for Australia was finalized.. I was finally getting a chance to visit and study for a month in another country..  couldn't believe it then and still can't believe even though I am already here.

It goes like this,  after graduating this year as a physiotherapist, after spending days and nights on introspecting whether I should do a masters or not, whether I should do it in India or not, should I start working immediately or not I finally decided upon something.

I decided I didn't want to do a masters.. But I definitely wanted to hone up my skills and add something more to my bachelor'r degree. So I started looking for courses which could help me do that.

I stumbled upon a course in Orthopedic Manual Therapy which was going to be conducted in Perth, Australia. After procrastinating a bit I decided to go for it.

I left for Australia on the 22nd of November.. and here I am!

It's just been 5 days and I've  already had many experiences!!!

It's the first time I have traveled abroad.. and that too alone.

So carrying 27 kgs of luggage from India to Australia was my very first challenge!!!

I landed in Perth and somehow managed to get to the place I am staying. I am sharing a house with 5 other people who are doing the same course as mine, 4 of them are Italian and 1 is an Indian like me.

On the very first day itself, we all gelled well with each other and became cordial roomies. They all are lovely people!

I immediately was and still am in awe of the wonderful house we are staying in! it really is so beautiful!
Corridor View of the house

The next question was how do I commute to and fro to the course venue which is Curtin University.

So after a discussion I finally got a bicycle along with my roomies to ride every day. By the way I was given a kid bicycle to ride on as it was the only one that suited my small height!! haha!! Australians are really very tall.. Gals n Guys alike!

Now I haven't ridden a bicycle in the past 7 or 8 years so I am a bit out of practice here. Also I  am still having a bit of trouble finding my way from one place to another. All the roads look too similar and barring just a board there is nothing else to indicate which road is what!

Plus the population is so less that there is hardly ever anyone walking on the road to ask directions to and almost everything here closes early at 5 pm!

That apart, I think the weather here is quite pleasant though too cold sometimes and the nature here is so beautiful!! The people here are peaceful and polite and each corner of the city is well maintained!


and yes of course, I am having a wonderful time learning here that too with people all over the world from Japan, Italy, Cambodia, Canada, England and Korea and of course the Australians and the people from our India.
An Italian colleague wanted to learn the Indian Namaste! :)

So still here for 28 days more.. will catch up and let you all get a glimpse of the life here in my upcoming posts..

Till then,

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You.

Au revoir!!

TO BE CONTINUED............