Before I’d arrived in Australia, people would speak of my upcoming trip as if I were going to the gallows.
I remember getting a lot of strange advice, such as…
“Watch out for the spiders. They’ll eat your face.”
“Don’t go swimming. Too many sharks.”
Needless to say, I was relieved (but not disappointed) to find that Australia is much tamer than my American friends make it out to be.
In fact, it shares a lot in common with the US.
School is similar, and despite the Australian lingo and unfamiliar history with which I struggle, the students and teachers are not so different from the ones I’m used to back home.
(Save the dialect, of course.)
I enjoy being able to walk to different parks and access the grocery store from my house.
It’s also nice not to spend hours bundling up.
(Yes, it is summer here.)
Surprisingly, I haven’t encountered any dangerous animals, as I expected I would before taking this trip.
I’m pleasantly surprised, and resent having to one day leave Australia so much that I try not to think about it often.
However, our sabbatical has only just begun.