I know a lot of you guys emailed me individually to say what's up and see how things were going, and I want to respond to you guys, but I have a bit of bad news. I found out that while I do have internet access, it's not unlimitedly free as it is back home. And my university (called a "uni" here) email account is "free-er" than my yahoo account, because it's university based. So if you want to get in touch with me, email me there at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get back to you. Actually, if everyone who wants me to email them would just drop me a quick message there so I can add you to my address book that would be so much easier for me...thanks!
A few "matters of business" that I have to attend to: if you wanted me to have your address while I was here in the hopes that I might send you something like a letter or a postcard or a dingo, please email it to me, because if you already gave it to me on paper (Julie and Katienana) I lost it and do NOT have it with me. If you want me to give you a call, I have quite a few phone numbers with me but it woudn't hurt to send me yours. And if I get a phone number I'll know that you want a call, unlike other people I might just be bothering. Okay...I think that's it for the "business" stuff.
I've been here for about two weeks now and I already feel like I've done SO MUCH STUFF. The second day here I went with my AustraLearn group to the Great Barrier Reef for a day of snorkling (the first time I ever did that), scuba diving (the first time I ever did that) and just hanging around the beautiful ocean (the first time I ever swam in one of those, too. Still getting used to the salt water). That was one of the coolest days I've ever had. I saw dolphins, and a stingray, and a ton of really cool and colorful fish. Once I get home and I can send pictures you can be sure you'll be getting a lot! The next day we went to Port Douglas and visited the Rainforest Habitat, where I got to see some of the most colorful birds and parrots (which I know are birds so I'm being redundant) ever, plus dancing brolgas and wallabies (if I'm even spelling that right) and I got to pet and feed the kangaroos and I got attacked by an emu, but we came to an understanding, he pecked the food out of my hand and I let him. And I saw crocodiles, too. And koalas, duh! I got to pet one and we got pictures of that too. And I think...that's all for that day.
Then we got to Richard Johnson College the next night, which is the dormitory where I am staying. Here they call dorms colleges. I really like it. It was a little dodgy at first but I think it's the best of the colleges from what I've seen. We're a ten minute walk from the beach (don't ask me how many times I've been, you would just get jealous), a 15 minute walk from a mall and Woolworths (kinda like a Farmer Jack or Kroger or Dominicks), and a 20 minute walk from the uni. I'm in a single room that is still bigger than the one I have at home, with my own private bathroom and shower. The rooms also get cleaned once a week, so I don't have to worry about that either. I almost feel like I'm at a hotel! Speaking of my college, the address is Me, Richard Johnson College Room 61, 19 Flinders St, Wollongong, NSW 2500, Australia. So if you want to mail me anything you can get it there (hint hint) I don't have my phone number on me at the moment, but you can ask Troy if you want it. His email is email@example.com.
I've enrolled in my classes already, and they start next week. I'm taking Physics, Dramaturgy C which is something to do with European or English theater, I can't remember, and Into to Australian Society, which is a Sociology class. I am also supposed to be taking a math class but right now that's kinda screwy, I'm going to try and fix it tomorrow.
Okay, I should probably get going...I'm supposed to meet some girls at the beach for swimming. In February. I love saying that! Okay, I miss everyone and I'll talk to you later!