Erica’s Australian Adventures

Erica Naugle

Hey there Chargers!

I can’t believe that it’s been a week already! I hope everyone is settled in nicely back in good Ol’ New England! This week has been a little bit of a scramble since midterms are already approaching! It’s crazy to think that I have been in the country for eight weeks now.

One of the most notable Australian animals: the Koala bear (Photo provided by Erica Naugle)
One of the most notable Australian animals: the Koala bear (Photo provided by Erica Naugle)

This past week has had a large chunk of time dedicated to planning my spring break trip to Cairns (pronounces Cans) with some other study abroad students.

The plan is to split our time between diving the Great Barrier Reef (a dream of mine soon to come true) and exploring the Daintree Rainforest.

There are some other exciting adventures planned for our time there, but you guys will hear about those in due time!

Along with planning ahead to spring break, and studying, of course, I had the opportunity to take a ferry over to Palm Island with my study abroad group.

We learned a lot about the historical side of Australia and the culture of the Aboriginal people. We happened to be there on the day of the Youth Festival and we watched some traditional dancing and enjoyed some Aboriginal artwork.

After a brief historical tour, we had some downtime in which we headed down to the beach and walked along the shore before catching the ferry for our two-hour ride back to the mainland.

It was an amazing experience to be able to hear their stories and the struggles that their people are still facing.

Aussie Slang of the Week:
G’day mate- good day mate
Arvo- afternoon
Dunna- quilt
Brekky- breakfast

That’s all for this week!