Over the course of the Semester, I saw and did things that I will remember for the rest of my life. Australia took my breath away and was one of the best experiences!
On the weekends it is great to go to the markets where they have fresh produce as well as cute little shops to buy souvenirs and cloths from. And once is gets nice out, everyone enjoys to go to the beach which we all did as much as possible. Perth is awesome because there is so many beaches, whether they are walking distance or just a train/bus ride away. My favorite beach was call South Beach, here the beach is split into two. One side for sun bathers and swimmers, while the other side is the Dog Beach. Here the dogs are allowed to run and play. The Beach right down the road from the UNDA campus is called Bathers Beach, we went here a lot right before dinner to watch the sunset.
A great way to explore Perth is to walk around, and bring a camera because the city is beautiful with a mix of old and new buildings. Great shops and clothing stores. Also, we went on a few hikes with students from the other dorms. It was a great experience to be able to see a new place and meet new people at the same time.
If you want to explore just a bit more, there is a Ferry that leaves form Perth that takes you to Rottnest Island. Rottnest is an island that houses Quokkas. They are the cutest little things, and they are known as the happiest animal because they smile.
So if you are in Australia long enough, traveling is a great for seeing new things around or in a different part of Australia. This semester, a whole group of us went to Bali, Indonesia. This trip was spectacular, we went white water rafting through the jungle, we hiked up a volcano, we snorkeled, saw dolphins and a visited a few temples. The food was out of this world and it was such a blast!
I also traveled to Melbourne, which is on the east coast, the opposite of Perth. We went an explored the city using the transit system and saw as much as possible. The Great Ocean Road tour was a day of sight seeing along the coast with breathtaking views, one I would recommend to everyone!
If you were to ask me what my favorite part of study abroad was, I would say the people. The people that I shared 4 months with were incredible. As a dorm, we did everything together. Each week, 2 times per week, we had community dinner which is where a group of three (assigned in the beginning) cooks a meal for the dorm. These meals were tons of fun and I found myself looking forward to them because we were all together sharing a meal, kind of like family dinner.
The last 4 months have been amazing and now I am going to travel abroad as much as I can. I would recommend Australia to everyone. This experience has allowed me to see a different country, experience different cultures and acquire friends from all over the world.