Quick little side trip

Everything is starting to wrap up now as I’m approaching the end of my exchange at Southern Connecticut State University. I wanted to fit a few more travels in before the end.
To start I met a friend in NYC for a brief overnight break. We managed to go on a river cruise to check out Manhattan from the Hudson and get up near the Statue of Liberty, checked out the Intrepid museum, went to Times Square for the Marvel S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibit and madam Tussard’s wax museum (where we made a video for my team back home for their grand final game) and then headed to Harlem for some gospel church experience and some soul food. We topped the night off with a visit to the top of the (very windy and cold) rock for some pretty night views of NYC. It was all pretty full on, we just went ice skating in Bryant Park the next morning and then for a quick wander around Central Park before I had to skip off back to Connecticut for my last training with the CT rollergirls.
To continue the travel Kate (another Aussie exchange student) and I decided to take a few days over the weekend and head down to Orlando, Florida to Universal Studios & Island of Adventure with the main aim of going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I went last year whilst on holidays but hadn’t seen the new edition of Diagon Alley so I was pretty excited!
We stayed for 4 nights and had three days at the park drinking butter beer, riding roller coasters and shopping far too much and narrowly avoiding a tornado warning on the way out!
Three things were lost to this trip:
– my favourite sunglasses
– my student ID
– my credit card
So essentially all things I could do without loosing really. The trip was still a massive win and we had a great time so bring on the next one!

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Well it has been a while…

It has really been a while since I posted here, probably because I’ve been rather busy that the time has just got away from me. I’m sitting just over the half way mark for my exchange and there is still SO MUCH MORE TO DO. Seriously though, you can never try and do too much. Well you can, but it will still be fun and worth a few mornings of struggling through minimal sleep!

Here in Connecticut fall is well underway, most of the trees have turned by now and everything is covered in leaves and just looks really pretty. However, for us Sydney-sider’s the weather is starting to approach our winter weather which naturally leads to my friends laughing at me for being absolutely frozen while they are just a bit chilly. They also delight in being the modern day versions of the Starks constantly cautioning me that winter is coming and that I should be prepared for all it’s cold, cold and more cold.  So that part will be interesting, I’ve already stocked up on some warm winter coats 🙂

I can’t remember the last post I put up here but since I’ve been here I’ve joined the schools women’s rugby team, apparently having an Australian accent makes you have to join a rugby team so I was told. Well I joined to see what it was like [I don’t play rugby at home, my friends do, but I never got into it] and just ended up loving it! The team is great and do a lot of things together, I’ve gotten to travel a bit to play games (Massachesetts, Rhode Island, Providence) and also made a bunch of friends which has made the whole exchange program even better 🙂 So my advice on exchange is to join a sports team or a club, certainly a good way to make friends.

I’ve been travelling around a bit getting to see lots of different places. I’ve been to Cape Cod, had weekends in New York and last night I just got back from a 3 day tour to Niagara Falls and Toronto which was pretty awesome. The falls are spectacular and I spent ages just taking photos. We went on the boat ride at the bottom of the falls and got drenched but it was all totally worth it [as you’ll see from the photos below!]. The tour also took us to Watkins Glen, Toronto City and the Thousand Islands region, where I’m pretty sure I found the Adams Family’s house.

Next up on my travelling schedule is Orlando Florida to go to Harry Potter World 😀 I’m super excited about that, then I get back for a day or two and then head to Maryland and Washington D.C for thanksgiving with my roommates and then come back for about 3 days and then head off to Dallas, Texas for the roller derby world cup!  SO after that I will be dead, but happy.

So this isn’t all text, heres some photos!

From Niagara & Toronto Tour
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From multiple NYC trips
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In transit…

As I’m writing I’m heading from New York City, where I just spent 3 days roaming about, to my semester home in New Haven, Connecticut. There is about 45 minutes to go but so far looking out the window Connecticut seems like a pretty nice place 🙂

My last few days were pretty jam packed and I’m pretty sure I either drove jet lag out with exhaustion or now I’ve got a combination of the two. I visited a ton of attractions in NYC, but wasn’t too concerned with doing them all as I’ll be back within a month; I went to Central Park, Rockefeller Centre, New York Public Library, 9/11 memorial, Staten Island, 5th Avenue, Times Square, saw some broadway shows and also went to see Gotham Girls Roller Derby’s semi finals for their home season. Amazing.
May have also fallen in love with breakfast from Al’s Deli and this tiny Irish bar that local NYers go.

But that’s all from now, I’m nearing my station where a uni representative will be picking me up and saving me from having to drag everything around while I get lost haha.

Some photos!

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Connecticut: the countdown is on

20th August. That’s the day I’ll be gathering my bags [suitcases] and worldly possessions [not very many because we all know we’re going to buy too much stuff there] and a jumper so my mother doesn’t have to ask if I’ll be warm enough [I won’t be anyway, it’s going to be as cold as Jon Snow at the Wall come the end of the year] all so I can board the aeroplane to make my way to Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut.
I’m heading off to continue my studies, bachelor of information studies, but with the added perk of becoming a scientist as they prefer the course name ‘Library and Information Science’. At CSU I’m a distance education student so having to take myself to a class is going to be a bit of a readjustment as well as living on a campus, so that’ll take some adjusting too.
I’m pretty stoked about my placement in Connecticut, most people I’ve spoken to about it think it’s a beautiful place and it has the added bonus of people a short distance to New York City and Boston which should make for some good weekend trips 😉 Apart from school there I’ve lined up a local roller derby league to play with while I’m there and even get to play in their home team season which is pretty rad. After the semester I’ll be travelling for 5 weeks through New York, Boston, Vegas, San Fran and LA, so I’m pretty keen for that as well!
So all in all, apart from packing [which I am failing at currently, except I have my milo packed & ready] I’m pretty much ready to go and only 13 more days!