This weekend we are planning on going to the Royal National Park just outside Sydney. It’s about an hour and half by train and then you take a ferry to the park. A lot of people here have recommended it so I’m excited that we are finally going and it will be a bit cooler tomorrow as well. Tonight, after we all finish our work, we are going to the Pie Tin in Newtown with some of our classmates. I LOVE the Pie Tin and some of the guys who live here have never even been there! They make all these really unique meat pies as well as desert pies and everyday they have something different! It’s kind of cool that we can finally show them something new around here.
I don’t know if I mentioned this yet, but my mom is coming to visit me in about a week now! I’m so excited to see her again and she is excited to have her first actual vacation in years! Seriously, the woman never takes a break, but finally she can relax on a beautiful beach and take some time for herself. I am super excited to show her all around Sydney. We will do all the tourist stuff like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge as well as the Sky Tower, the zoo, Bondi and of course, see the University. I also already have a list of all the great places to get food all over Sydney. Hopefully one day we will go to the Blue Mountains as well. The flight will be the most stressful part of the vacation, but I think it will be well worth it for her. She’s staying in the CBD, which when we booked it, we thought would be best since she would be close to things. The hardest part will just be me getting back and forth to meet her, but it’s not big deal for me.
Then the day after she leaves, we fly to Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef! We are only there for two days, one of which is exploring and rainforest and the other is spent on the reef. We are only there for a few days because when we get back, we all have to start studying for finals. Finals are spread out over two weeks here, and lucky for me I only have two scheduled for the second week. This is because one is during week 13 of classes and the other is online where I have to write an essay over one of the finals weekends.