An update from Adelaide

And so, the time has come, for me to finally let you know what has happened in my life since I last wrote about not rambling on about my boyfriend and my packing problems. I apologize for the wait, but you know, I have been very busy trying to breathe, watch, listen and find my place here on the other side of the world. I’ll give you a summary of what has happened so far:

So, with tears in my eyes I entered a plane towards Australia on the 18th of February. I had managed to pack within the limits, thus was not fined, and could cuddle up in my desired window seat for the longer of the two flights, to Singapore.

While there I met up with my boyfriend’s brother who, out of complete coincidence, had booked himself on a plane to Sydney that same day. We walked around the well-organized and pleasant area that is Singapore Airport until it was time to say goodbye. Or so we thought. Turns out Chris’s plane was indeed going to Sydney, but first after a short stop in Adelaide, which meant we were on the same flight for the rest of the journey!

After a couple of movies and a couple of hours of sleep and a couple of butterflies reproducing in my stomach, the plane finally landed on Australian ground on Monday morning the 20th of February. I was in Adelaide.

The following hours and days were filled with activities, meetings, paper work and new faces. It was exhausting, interesting and fun all at the same time, but I must admit that I am a tiny bit happy that that is all over and that our everyday life here can start. So far I have had two classes; Place, Culture and Tourism and Language, Culture and Communication. Both seem really interesting and fun, and I am excited to dive in deeper. Flinders University is amazing! I will have to show you pictures another time, but until then, trust my words when I say that the location of both my on-campus accommodation, but also the main campus itself, is beautiful. You can see the skyline of Adelaide from there and if you look the other way there is the ocean. It is really green here, lots of trees, and grass and birds and even though summer is slowly turning in to fall, it is still so warm and nice outside.

My flatmates are all lovely and from different parts of the world (South Africa, Japan, Australia and Singapore) and everybody has been really trying their best to make us international students feel welcome and taken care off. I have been spending a bit of time with Marleen from Utrecht who also lives here in The Village, we get along great, and I have also met Alessandro from Roma Tre today during class and then he was friendly enough to show Marleen where to find a specific book in the library. It’s touching to see how we Europeans stick together!

I don’t think today is the day when I will be able to organize my thoughts well enough to be able to say something more profound then this, but I have a list of possible topics in my head, waiting to make on to the blog roll, so you’ll have to wait and see. I just wanted to catch up, let the world know that I am alright, and make it clear that Australia is great. Just great.

This picture is taken from the foot bridge leading from my apartment to the main campus. All the way back by the horizon you can see the ocean. And the color of the sky! Isn't it beautiful?

About Jessica Sjöstedt

I am a 26 year old Swede who is normally studying for a Bachelor of English at Malmö University. Right now however, I am outside of Adelaide, spending a semester at the Flinders University. I like writing, baking, languages, friendships, literature, babies, nail polish, social science and cheese.
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1 Response to An update from Adelaide

  1. Lily Knox says:

    Hey Jessica,

    Here too, at JCU in Townsville, people do really their best to make international students feel welcome. It is touching how “motherly” they are, and really worry about the people who don’t have accomodation yet or struggle with other things. It is funny to see that this is apparently the case everywhere in Australia!


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