by Danielle Infantino
It felt like the last few months have been going by so slow, but finally the last of the LIM study abroad cohort has made its way down under!
I have never left the United States before so this opportunity was a huge experience for me. To be able to go to the opposite side of the world for about five months actually seems unreal. The first couple of days in Australia have been a bit a mix of both exciting, overwhelming. From unpacking, meeting new people, exploring and trying to figure out a new city, well, an entire country.
No doubt, there is a bit of a culture shock. The overall vibe from the people is different and it takes time to get used to. One of the first things that came to my mind was that I now know how the exchange students who attend LIM feel when they were starting new in a whole new place.
Over the course of the week I have met people from all over the world, including my roommate from Denmark as well as, India, Spain, Italy, and London. For me, one of the coolest parts of studying abroad is being able to hear about different cultures and how they compare.
The minute I got off the plane, I knew I didn’t want to waste any time. I wanted to start exploring and see what it has to offer. After unpacking and dealing with some slight jet lag, I wanted to visit the beach and have a relaxing day to prepare for my stay here. What better way to start off our trip with visiting St. Kilda.
The beaches in Australia do not even compare to the beaches back home on Long Island. I have never seen anything more beautiful in my entire life. Some of us decided to go later on in the day where we were able to have dinner at a restaurant called Republica. The server knew we were foreign, (as he proceeded to call us “The Americans”), so he suggested a couple seating options to eat dinner so we could watch the beautiful sunset and even see some penguins when it got dark out.
The moment I saw the sunset, I felt truly lucky that I am even able to have this opportunity to see this part of the world. I can’t even put into words how excited I am to embark on this experience and be able to share it!