AN AUSSIE ABROAD #2

Hi Friends!

I am back.. again!
For another exchange 😀
This time I am heading to the UK to the University of Chester!
Before I applied to Canada (last exchange), I wanted to go the the University of Chester. However, Canada worked out better with my studies last year, and I am really really glad I went to Canada because it is such a beautiful country.
Anyway, it will be great to experience the UK and the Uni, as well as visiting many friends in Europe 😀

A little about the Uni and City

The university is located in Chester which is a city in Cheshire, England. This city once was a Roman fortress 2000 years ago, and still contains the ancient walls and architectural features. The University has approximately 16,800 students enrolling each year from 90 different countries across the world, including Australia!

I hope to make many new friends overseas and look at possible areas of employment. I would also love to convince other students to come visit in Australia, through expressing what a lucky country we have, with all the opportunities and activities we have on offer.

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Hope every is well!

Joe 😀

Niagara Falls and Darien Lake Amusement Park!

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Monday September 15th

On Saturday September 13th, I went to Niagara Falls and Darien Lake Amusement park with Ashlee and a few other friends. I have been to Niagara Falls before back in April when it was absolutely bloody freezing! However on the Saturday just gone it was cold but not as cold as back then. Niagara Falls is a  really beautiful place. Its the name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the USA.  The American falls are located in New York where we visited on Saturday.  We got on the bus at 6:30 am to drive to Niagara Falls it was about a three hour bus trip. The other two falls are called the Horseshoe and the Bridal veil falls. Sadly we didn’t get to go to the Canadian side as we ran out of time! I enjoyed having the opportunity to go back to the beautiful Niagara Falls however the weather wasn’t the best as it was raining but I still managed to get some good pictures.

 

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A few facts about Niagara Falls

– The combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world

– The horseshoe fall drops about 188 feet

– the total height of the fall is 167 feet

-The oldest and best known tourist attraction at the falls is the Maid of the Mist boat cruise

Although I have now been to Niagara falls twice I will have to go back again so I can go on the boat cruise! If you ever go to the USA you should go and visit the falls as they are really beautiful!

 

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After Niagara Falls we went to Darien Lake Amusement park which is located in New York between Buffalo and Rochester. It was opened in 1981 and use to be apart of Six Flags until 2007. We got to Darien Lake around 3 pm and of course I headed straight for the rollercoasters first! The rollercoasters at Darien Lake are not as good as the ones in Jackson New Jersey but they were still pretty fun.  Darien Lake has about 6 thrill rollercoasters in which I went on 5 of them. The Ride of Steel is probably the theme parks best ride and the fastest. I even went on a drop ride called Blast Off which wasn’t that bad but I would much rather go on a rollercoaster than be dropped from a bloody high height! We stayed at Darien Lake until about 9 pm and it was a two hour trip back to Mansfield. It was an extremely tiring day but was well worth it. It was also good to get out of Mansfield for the day and do something different 🙂

 

 

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The Past Three weeks at Mansfield!

Monday September 15th

The past three weeks at Mansfield have been super busy but a lot of fun! I had my first day of classes on august 25th in which I discovered that my history lecturer for two of my history subjects is from Singapore! This was pretty exciting news to me as I have lived in Singapore and consider it to be one of my homes. Classes here are very different to back in Australia. Back in Australia we have university two or three days a week. Here I have class EVERYDAY  the only good part of it is that its only for two hours a day! Everyone here is really nice and friendly and they think its cool that I am both British and Australian. Mansfield is quite hilly but the views are beautiful.mansfieldd

The first week of university not much happened as it was just intro to classes. The first Friday of the first week Ashlee my awesome Aussie room mate and I went to a bonfire with a few friends it was a lot of fun!  That weekend we had very little homework so it was a good weekend to meet new people and socialize! Ashlee and I went to a picnic for the International club that we are apart of. The food was rather delicious and we even tried sloppy Joes. Sloppy Joes are a classic American food in which it is a sandwich that consists of ground beef,onions, tomato sauce that are served on a hamburger bun. Its really quite yummy even though the title sounds gross.

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The second week of classes the work was starting to get a little harder. Back at CSU we mainly just have major assignments but here we have daily homework which isn’t hard but it counts towards your final grade.  All my lecturer’s here are  nice and friendly and everyone is super helpful. I have made a few new friends in my classes which is good.I met someone from California which is awesome as I have lived there too! Not much has been happening at Mansfield University as the year has just started but in the upcoming weeks we have homecoming and family and friends weekend.

Mansfield University has been great so far, the people are nice and the town is quite lovely!. However it is a very small town there’s not much to do on weekends except go out  or to go to the bar if you’re 21.  I have been to one bar in town called Gregorys bar which sells pretty cheap alcohol, A bud light beer is only about $2.75 which is very very cheap!! In England, Australia and Singapore alcohol is quite expensive!

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A few facts about Mansfield and the University

-its located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania

-it was founded in 1800 but an English Settler

-Mansfield University was established in 1857

-the population of the town is 3,625

-our mascot is  a Mountie!

-The University doesn’t have an actual football team but it does have sprint football

The food is rather gross at the university which is one of the negatives however the tacos aren’t too bad! craving some British fish and chips and Australian sausage rolls & meat pies right now.  I am missing Australia a lot but so far I am absolutely loving it here! 🙂

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First weekend in Mansfield!

Sunday August 24th

I’ve been in Mansfield about a week and I am already loving it! The past few days have been rather busy but fun. Ashlee and I went for a walk to McDonald’s with Solene a girl from France who is pretty cool and we got absolutely drenched walking home as it poured with rain! On Friday we met alot of the freshman class and we even participated in some of the activities with them. Ashlee and I went for a bike ride on Friday afternoon we rode all the way to Walmart was a bloody long way but it was rather nice.

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I went out on Friday night it was my first night out in the USA! I went with the exchange students from Germany and a couple of others. I decided to experience the true American culture and try a bud light beer! It was only 2.75 dollars and wasn’t that bad! After the bar I bought a case of 12 beers for only 14 dollars which is pretty cheap! We all headed off to a ‘frat party’ met some really nice people and played beer pong it was a pretty good night. 🙂

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Ashlee and I are sill trying to get our fellow American friends to like Vegemite hasn’t been very successful so far. I have had to explain quite a few times to everyone that the British version of Vegemite which is called marmite is not the same!  Its a good thing that Ashlee bought some Vegemite with her and as for tea. Another item that is hard to get is English tea but the coffee isn’t too bad here still not as good Australia though!

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Went out again last night played beer pong and flip cup. The food is slightly improving  had some delicious tacos today. The people are all really nice and friendly here and the campus is beautiful. Classes start tomorrow!

Mansfield so far..

Wednesday August 20th

So far at Mansfield its been  rather eventful. After I said  goodbye to my parents on Monday, Ashlee and I had a bunch of International activities to attend to. Ashlee is also Australian and is pretty awesome and we get along really well 🙂 Throughout the week we met other international students that were from China, Germany, Ireland, Greece,France, and South Korea.  Trying to explain to everyone that I am British and Australian and that I have lived in Singapore and California has confused a lot of people.  on Monday we were introduced to Eric who is the leader of the international students he is pretty cool. We also met Mary Beth and Vivian and they are both lovely! Also became familiar with the campus and what we had to know about being an international student.  We also went to Walmart which was Ashlee’s  first trip there she was very excited!  Ashlee and I also  have a lovely view of Mansfield from our room!

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On the Tuesday it was a rather busy day as we started the day with rock climbing in the gym which was  rather entertaining and I felt accomplished as I climbed to the top. After lunch we went on a bus trip to Watkins Glen State Park in New York it was really beautiful. On the trail we were told to pair up with someone we didn’t know so well. I paired up with Hans who is from Germany but has been to about 30 countries including Australia and England. We had a lot to talk about the world and all of our travels.

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Once we got back on the road and headed to the shops in the town I bought the typical postcards. We then went to this buffet restaurant I had never seen so much food in my life.  From meat to pasta and to quite a few desert dishes it was a lot of food to choose from!  After we ate dinner we then were back on the road again to the closest mall to Mansfield. Ashlee and I of course went into Victoria’s secret and a few other shops. the next stop was home after a very tiring day!

Today we had more information about being an international student and we met Sandra from Hong Kong she’s really nice!

slowly but surely the food is improving but I am really missing  Australian and British food ! I also got my American student card, I was starting to feel like a real American college   student !

 

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Goodbye New Jersey… Hello Mansfield,Pennsylvania!

 

madisonSunday August 17th

Today I said goodbye to my parents home in Jersey as it was time to leave for the semester exchange!  I said my goodbye’s to my fat cat and my puppy and to my brother before we left at 8:30 am!

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The drive from Madison, New Jersey to Mansfield, Pennsylvania was only a three hour drive however we had a stop over in Lancaster which is home to the Amish People! I was a little nervous but I was excited mostly about starting a new chapter in my life!

Lancaster county in Pennsylvania is rather beautiful and theres a lot to do but unfortunately not much is opened on sundays! However I did see a horse and carriage and some Amish people which was pretty awesome!

A few facts about Amish people:

There are 290,100 Amish people

The Amish movement comes from Jakob Annman which started around the 16th century.

Amish people are known for their plain dress, horse and carriages and that they don’t wish to participate in modern technology

Their religious beliefs come from Baptism

The Amish share a Swiss-German ancestry

Lancaster, Pennsylvania is Americas oldest and largest group of Amish people

My parents and I had a lovely lunch in a town not far from Lancaster, we bought some souvenir’s and then it was time to head off to Mansfield, Pennsylvania!! I certainly will be coming back to Lancaster next time not on a Sunday!

 

The drive from Madison, New Jersey to Mansfield, Pennsylvania was only a three hour drive however we had a stop over in Lancaster which is home to the Amish People! I was a little nervous but I was excited mostly about starting a new chapter in my life!

Lancaster county in Pennsylvania is rather beautiful and theres a lot to do but unfortunately not much is opened on sundays! However I did see a horse and carriage and some Amish people which was pretty awesome!

A few facts about Amish people:

There are 290,100 Amish people

The Amish movement comes from Jakob Annman which started around the 16th century.

Amish people are known for their plain dress, horse and carriages and that they don’t wish to participate in modern technology

Their religious beliefs come from Baptism

The Amish share a Swiss-German ancestry

Lancaster, Pennsylvania is Americas oldest and largest group of Amish people

My parents and I had a lovely lunch in a town not far from Lancaster, we bought some souvenir’s and then it was time to head off to Mansfield, Pennsylvania!! I certainly will be coming back to Lancaster next time not on a Sunday!

 

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I arrived in Mansfield around 4 pm where I met my exchange leader, I got settled into my room in which I share with another Aussie girl Ashlee! 🙂

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Statue of Liberty!

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Saturday August 16th

My brother and I ventured off to New York City once again to climb the Statue of Liberty! We got the 8:30 am train into Penn Station. We did some shopping in Times Square! .My brother bought some baseball hats as he loves baseball! I bought this photo frame of all the musicals that were showing in Times Square it was only 20 dollars! We then found this cute Irish pub called The Playwright. I ordered my favorite dish classic fish and chips and my brother had shepherds pie. We both had a really great cappuccino! finally a place that knew how to make decent coffee!  The pub also had our favorite sports on TV! The English premier league, American baseball and football. The only sports it was missing was Australian rugby league and cricket!  After we ate lunch we caught the subway to South Ferry to get on the cruise for Statue of Liberty.

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Our ferry time was suppose to leave at 1 pm but because its summer and very very busy we didn’t get on the ferry across to Liberty Island until about 1:30 pm.  The Statue Of Liberty is located on Liberty Island which is a small uninhabited island in the New York City. It is home of the Statue Of Liberty Monument. After about a 20 minute ferry ride across we get to Liberty Island! I thought the waiting around in lines was over I was wrong! Once you get onto the Island there’s even more waiting and if you want to climb up to the top of the statue even more waiting! Unfortunately because it was summer my brother and I couldn’t get tickets to the top of the statue but we were able to get tickets to the pedestal. There’s 215 steps to the pedestal. Although we didn’t get to climb to the top of the statue going up to the pedestal was certainly worth  it. Going up to the Pedestal allows you to have an amazing view of New York City and if you are brave enough you can look up and see how far you have to go to the top of the statue! On this particular day the weather was really nice and we had a very clear view of the beautiful city.

A few facts about the Statue Of Liberty

It was dedicated to the United States in 1886 by the French

The statue of Liberty is the symbol of America’s freedom

The statue was closed in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks, the pedestal re opened in 2004 and in 2009 the crown was re opened but only a few visits everyday

In 2013 on July 4th the statue was opened again after it was closed due to maintenance

 

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After we walked back down to the bottom we took the typical tourist photos outside the statue and then got back on the ferry to see Ellis Island. Although we had lovely weather it was also a disadvantage  because there was so many people everywhere! after waiting in line for almost 40 minutes we finally got back onto the ferry. The ferry stopped at Ellis Island however because we had to get home my brother and I decided to not get off at Ellis Island and would do it another time.The line leaving Ellis Island was very long and it was already almost 4 pm.  Apart from the thousands of people everywhere and the lines being very long it was another great day in NYC! Next time I see the statue of liberty I will be going up to the top and wont be going in the summer! If you ever go to NYC make sure you go onto Liberty Island as you will get beautiful views of the city ! We finally got home at 6:30 pm and it was my last night in Madison, New Jersey!

 

 

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