By this point in my study abroad experience, I have become extremely comfortable as a (temporary) Bathurst resident. It has been fun to experience the culture shock and make wild guesses at what certain Aussie slang words might mean, but I have noticed that more often than not I feel as if I am home, not just a visitor.
I wanted to provide a little glimpse into my daily life in the little country town of Bathurst. Below is a look into my current residence - a small yet sunny and airy room with a gorgeous view of the surrounding landscape. A couple of items on my dresser are worth noting - Arnott's Choc Ripples have been a crucial part of my diet as the only vegan cookies (aka biscuits) I have come across here. Of course, anti-itch cream has to make an appearance as a must-have item as well due to the vast amount of mosquitoes (aka mozzys) that come out with any bit of heat.
I made the smart choice to live off campus with a large group of uni students and backpackers in a large building that once served as an orphanage. This decision allowed me to meet and make memories with people from countries all over the world, while learning the ins and outs of Bathurst from the locals. One of my favorite housemates is my landlord's darling dog, Grace, who is sporting her handmade pajamas here.
Another housemate who has become a personal favorite of mine is Kendall, a sweet friend of mine who I have quickly developed a close friendship with. Our rooms happen to be right next door to each others, and our proximity has certainly catalyzed our ability to spend most waking hours with one another. Between studying and teaching each other our , we spend time driving about town, finding foods to try together, and walking the local raceway, Mount Panorama.
Speaking of Mount Pan, the raceway has become