Nicole Aranci is studying Marketing and a Creative Writing at CSU and will be spending the next semester in Adelaide, Australia. Her blog can originally be found at http://nicolearanci.wordpress.com/.
[Originally posted February 18th, 2014]
I’ve always thought that was a beautiful name. People always ask me after I tell them I’m studying abroad here, “Why did you pick Adelaide?”
The truth is I’ve always wanted to come to Australia. When I was little I’d read national geographic kid’s magazine and about half the time there was some kind of animal from Australia. My favorite tv show on discovery kids was about three girls who lived in Australia and rode horses. If adventure was out there, it seemed like it would live in Australia.
Adelaide was just the obvious choice for me bc it was a direct exchange program with csu. And that is the unglamorous take of how I chose Adelaide. I didn’t know what I was doing!
Yesterday I went into the city and the architecture is beautiful. The buildings are all old and ornate, with swirling an curving trim around the porches and windows, red tile roofs and stone or brick walls, and little details here or there making each one unique.
There’s loads of cafés and shops. I think as far as city centers go, Adelaide isn’t lacking much at all. But then again, I’m not much of a city person, and my favorite thing about Australia so far is the ugly black and white birds that warble and trill outside my window. They’re truly good singers and I noticed them straight off, even through my fog of jet lag and exhaustion.
I know I promised some pictures and better blogging when I got to better internet, but you’ll all just have to hold out a few more days until I can get my laptop.
Out house is good. The best part about it is my two roommates Millie and Yoshi. Millie is Australian and grew up on a sheep farm somewhere in Victoria, and Yoshi is from japan. He said he’d teach me to make sushi sometime so I’m sincerely looking forward to that!
My room is pretty cheerful. I was a little aghast upon first seeing it, but I cleaned the carpets and Millie took me to kmart to buy a colorful flowery comforter and purple sheets. The breeze flows through our whole house and it’s really pleasant and cool. There’s also some pretty neat old houses in our neighborhood and we’re really close to woolworth’s, which is Australia’s second largest grocery store chain.
My friend Cody came to Adelaide to study abroad too, so today I’m braving the bus system to go into the city and meet him at campus west. I can’t wait to see someone from home! It sounds so silly but even in New Zealand where I had loads of friends and traveled with great people I was always excited to meet an American.