TEXASSSS!!!

Saturday August 9th, Sunday August 10th & Monday August 11th

Saturday August 9th

Katie and her younger sister Jackie and I ventured out to the mall to do some cheap shopping! In Texas they have tax free weekends where certain items don’t have any taxes on them so its a lot cheaper and this weekend was tax free 🙂 We went into a few shops and I bought some cheap tops for only 20 dollars. It was another really hot day in Keller, Texas so we stayed mostly inside. We ate a cheap lunch at Chipotle one of the best Mexican restaurants in the world!! Then we later went to Katie’s church, I’m not a very religious person but going to this church which looks like a concert venue was pretty awesome. Katie, her family and I then went to the movies to watch The hundred- foot Journey which was really great. If you haven’t seen that movie I highly recommend it 🙂

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Sunday August 10th

Katie, her family and I went into Dallas  which is about 40 mins away from Keller! it was another really hot and humid day about 104 degrees! Our first stop was where John F. Kennedy was assassinated ! I never knew that he was killed in Dallas. They have an ‘X’ marking on the road where exactly it took place. It was fascinating seeing this part of history and learning more about what happened on that tragic day.

 

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Our next stop was to the Reunion Tower, we got the elevator to the top which is called the Geo deck.  The height of the building is 561 feet and it was completed in 1978. You can walk all the way around the Geo Deck so that you can see the whole of Dallas! It was a lovely sunny day so I got some great pictures. We all ate lunch at the top of the Geo deck which is pretty cool as the platform moves around so you can see all of Dallas while eating lunch. I of course brought some souvenirs and found this rather funny book about Texas!

 

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Our Next stop was to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium! This is where the Dallas cowboys football team play and the stadium is huge! It seats around 80,000 thousand people which makes it the 4th biggest stadium in the NFL! thee stadium is also known as AT & T stadium and it was completed in 2009. unfortunately the stadium was closed for tours but we did go inside to look at the merchandise which was pretty pricey $.  I did however try on a Cowboy hat! Our next stop was the Texas Rangers baseball stadium which is located directly across from the Dallas Cowboys. It is also known as thee Globe Life Park in Arlington Texas. It is home to the Texas Rangers major League baseball team (MLB). It seats around 48,000 people and it opened in 1994. Unfortunately again it was closed for tours but we went inside to the merchandise and I got a Texas Rangers T shirt although they are not my team I couldn’t leave Texas without a sports shirt!

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Our final stop of the day was to visit Katie’s University. She goes to Dallas, Baptist University and it has a beautiful campus! Katie wasn’t quite 21 so we couldn’t go out clubbing or drinking so we instead just hung out in the pool and baked a chocolate cake.

Monday August 11th

It was time for me to head back to New Jersey before I was to start my semester exchange! I was very sad to leave Texas as it was so beautiful and so much to see! and I was of course sad to be saying goodbye again to another close friend of mine! Katie and her parents drove me to the airport where I said my final goodbyes and hopefully next time it wouldn’t be another 5 years! Thanks for the awesome weekend Katie 🙂 and I will be coming back Texas!

After spending the whole day traveling I arrived back in New Jersey at 10 pm.

 

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Take me out to the ball game…

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Today my brother and I went to watch our favourite baseball team the San Francisco giants play against  the New York Mets in New York! My family and I have been supporting the SF giants since we moved from England to San Francisco in 2004! and ten years later we still love the giants.

The game was played at Citi field stadium in New York.This was my first ever game watching the giants play at another stadium and it was well worth it.

The SF giants ended up winning 9-0 against  the New York Mets and we even saw four home runs! It was certainly an entertaining game to watch and to see the Giants win as well.

Baseball is one of Americas national sports as they have 30 teams in the Major League Baseball also known as the MLB. At the games you can buy some of Americas well known foods such as the hot dog,pretzel, garlic fries, corn dog, candy floss and sunflower seeds!

If you love baseball or sports in general going to a baseball game is always fun just don’t buy the beer as it will cost you about 9 dollars for just one drink!

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Huuuumboldt!

What a crazy month! So much has been going on, I have been completely swept up in all the adventures and wild activities Humboldt county has to offer.

As it has been progressing into Winter the wind and the rain have been ever present, consuming a few hours of each day. As much as it forces me to stay indoors it seems as though I am a lone ranger sheltering from the rain as the rest of Humboldt is embracing it whole heartedly. When the first downpour occurred I was shocked to find a dozen people dancing in the rain. Meanwhile my next door neighbour was packing his bag to go camping in the forest for 2 nights by himself. He claimed it was his favourite past time. I was slightly envious at his adventurous spirit and promised myself that by the end of my time here I would be more than willing to go trekking in the forest in the torrential rain. Maybe, we’ll see.

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The array of classes and eclectic subjects that students are able to study continues to surprise me. Whenever I walk around the campus I am constantly surprised by the beautiful music, the art, the forestry majors hiking off campus into the forest… There is a really well rounded group of people at the college and its interesting to be surrounded by such an eclectic bunch of individuals.

Bowling at the local alley has become a weekly occurrence. This has been a really fun way to hang out with friends, learn a new skill and only a few dollars gets us a full night of 90’s classics from the duke box. One could say I am now a regular at the alley and I was lucky enough to get my first free game last week. It is amazing to see the locals that have dedicated over a decade to the sport and have an impeccable spin, bowling nothing but strikes. One can only dream.

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As I mentioned earlier I have taken up Ultimate Frisbee, which has proved to be extremely fun. Having no prior knowledge of how to play I have been pleasantly surprised by the athleticism and skill required. The team comradely is unwavering. High fives are ever present and there’s always a cheer to start and finish practice. This has been a great way to meet new people, learn a new skill and work off all the candy that is too readily available here. I wish I could stay another Semester to improve but I will make sure to bring my Frisbee back home with me and to train up some of my friends so they can play with me!

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The other weekend I went on a camping trip with the ultimate team to a beautiful location in the redwood forest. We drove 3 hours with a convoy a dozen cars following a poorly drawn map to a destination none of us had been to before. This resulted in us loosing a few cars along the way and prevented us from getting to the camp and setting up before dark. Nevertheless everyone made it there safe and sound. Luckily the ultimate people knew how to turn a bad situation around and we splurged on smores and hotdogs as soon as the fire got started. That night we ensured that the top of our tent was left open so that we were able to star watch the spectacularly lit sky. Unaware, we woke up next to a river and spent the day swimming and playing frisbee in the crystal clear creek water.

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This weekend I travelled down to San Francisco for the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Held in Golden Gate Park, the city attracted tens of thousands of people all gathering to listen to great music and enjoy the unusual warm weather San Francisco was nice enough to offer. I discovered that the festival had been started by a man who created a trust fund to continue the festival for the next 10 years after his death. It was truly a magical experience to enjoy the park, the sun and the music with tens of thousands of joyous people.

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My first football game was an experience that should be noted! All the Australians went all out and had an absolute ball!

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Until next time.

Here I am!

So this whole time I have been secretly blogging to myself, with the belief that the whole word was able to view my adventures! Oops….

So although I’m already 2 months in, I’m going to repost some photos of the beginning of  my trip!

Goodbye Sydney! This was extremely emotional saying goodbye to my mum and sister… And it didn’t help that there was a couple having a passionately long embrace next to us. Nevertheless we managed to part and I slipped away into the departure gate ready for my long awaited expedition.

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HELLO SAN FRANCISCO!!!!! So after an extremely long trip and a little hiccup at LAX airport (forgetting my DS2019 exchange application- Don’t do it!!!!!) I was reunited with my cousins who lovingly took me in and cared for me until my jet lag had dissipated and I had reconnected with the beautiful city.

Delicious fresh food in the supermarket- only in California!

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A day of exploring with my friend Jenna !!!

 

 

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I never forget those hills!

 

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A day exploring the funky Hate and Asbury district- groovy clothes and sweet potato fries- mhmmm!

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