Hello again everyone, it is our second week through and now it seems like it is going by quick. Since my last writing, the Sydney Festival began, which is basically a month long event of music, arts, and culture shows around the Sydney area. The opening first night was a large one, with tons of people, and unique acts around Hyde Park. A ton of different types of music and then aerial performances were happening, as well as a big band of bagpipes, among other things.
This past week we all began our internships. Mine is at Quay West Suites, which is in the historical “Rocks” district. It is an accounting and finance internship for this hotel, but more focused on accounting. So far I like it because it actually gives me real world experience in the accounting field. Previously, I’ve only had the classroom work and knowledge from Augustana, but all of that has prepared me in this internship. I can say now that I have some experience in the field! But so far so good, I’m curious to know what all I have in store for the next several weeks.
After some more beach visits, a guided bus tour of the suburbs of Sydney, and a few more nights around town, I feel like I’m getting more used to the bus system. That is until today when we sort of got off track going to the library (we thought this bus would get here, but it obviously did not). Oh well, more walking.
Last night we went to another concert of African music at the Domain with a small group, including our educational mentor. It was a good time; it was not a traditional concert where people are wild and such, it included wine, and chips, and cheese, and things like that. It was nice!
Today, a large group of us went to watch a game of footie (or soccer). It’s Sydney vs. Gold Coast, of course we have to root for Sydney. It was surprisingly close to our apartments. Walking into the stadium we can feel the excitement all around us, with all of the hardcore fans nearby. It was an exciting game; unfortunately Sydney did not win. It was fun though to be able to watch sports here in Australia, although Rugby or Aussie Rules Football would be cool, too.
That’s it for now, good luck week 7 Augie students, and enjoy some of the pictures.