Caversham Wildlife Park


Yesterday, a bunch of us exchange students took a trip to Caversham Wildlife Park to see kangaroos, koalas, quolls, and other marsupials found only in Australia. So basically, your stereotypical Australian tourist experience.

Most of the animals were difficult to see because they were hiding under brush or trees in their enclosures, but we did get to go right in and actually pet the kangaroos and koalas! Read more →

I found pho.


These are becoming really difficult to title. I did find pho, though, even though it might not’ve been the most significant part of the past few days.

I’ve had a bit of a sore throat, so I’ve been trying to take it easy. I did go into Freo again yesterday, and I stumbled upon a really neat little shop with a bunch of my kind of food. And by “my kind of food” I mean gluten free stuff, bulk bins with spices, almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut sugar, loose leaf tea, coconut oil, sardines…all kinds of tasty things. And it had a little more of that health food store vibe I’ve been missing, even though it was tiny and nothing like Whole Foods.  Read more →

I think I’m gonna like it here


I think it’s safe to say that my homesickness has all but disappeared. I mean, I went shopping at Coles today and didn’t start crying. That’s pretty impressive.

Let’s see, where did I leave off? I think it was when I stayed up till 3am. I hate staying up late. It makes the next day so dang short! I wake up, try to get some stuff done, and then the day is already half gone. It was a good half day, though.

Anyway, yesterday, a group of us wanted to go to Freo for an Australian footy game. But on the bus, we discovered that the stadium was further away than we thought, and we were going to be pretty late to the game. So we ditched that idea and hopped off the bus in Freo to find somewhere to eat. Read more →

First day on the beach, and first trip to Perth

Cottesloe group

I definitely felt less homesick today than I did the past couple days. Yay! I think that probably has something to do with the fact that I finally got to go to the beach.

Yeah, I know, I posted a picture of me on the beach yesterday. But that was just a two-minute foot dip. This was an actual beach trip. An actual Australian beach trip. In the dead of winter, no less.

It also might have something to do with the fact that I’ve been able to eat more real food. Last night I had some of my $7 bone broth, with some of the Great Lakes collagen powder I brought with me. (I can feel you questioning my packing list again. A pound of collagen and three pounds of ginger just happen to be priorities for me.) I also finally bought a pan and a spatula, so I fried up some fish for dinner last night and had some eggs this morning. It’s amazing what a difference real food can make! Read more →

Orientation and Fremantle trip


I’m still severely missing Whole Foods. This can’t be healthy. Nobody should be this attached to a grocery store.

This morning was orientation (the first of many), which was pretty unremarkable. After a few hours of mostly boring presentations, they gave us lunch, which we ate outside on Bush Court (a big grassy/tree-y area in the middle of campus). It was a nice day, and there was a bird that kept hopping around us curiously. Read more →

Homesick (but good)

I’m actually warm right now. Score!

Since I moved into my new room, I’ve definitely felt better about things in general. The three guys I’m currently living with are really cool, although two of them just finished their program and are leaving tomorrow. There’s also an Australian girl living here, but she’s on holiday right now, so I haven’t met her yet. I think we’ll be getting two new flatmates soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing who I’ll be living with for the next five months! Read more →

Highs and lows


My first hours in Perth found me huddled in my coat on my bare bed under a single bare lightbulb, eating instant microwavable Pad Thai out of a paper cup with a borrowed spoon, watching 27 Dresses, missing Sydney like crazy, and wanting to go home. Read more →

Pigeons and a paleo café


Not “Sydney, day four.” I’m improving.

I got up early again, and had a nice (albeit cold) morning on the front porch catching up on blog posts.


Then I forced the sluggish stove to yield to my will and actually managed to make crispy (rather than soggy) hash browns, along with scrambled eggs with cheese and greek yogurt with canned peaches. I’m not sure we have greek yogurt this good in the US, but maybe I haven’t looked hard enough. Read more →

Sydney, day three.


I could probably think up cleverer titles for these if I tried. Oh well.

This day was amazing from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed. (And a lot happened, so this is going to be a very long post. You’ve been warned.) I’ve been going to bed pretty early and sleeping like a rock, so when I woke up at 6:15am I decided to get up and go for a walk. The swelling in my gum had gone down and it was only a little sore still, so I was feeling pretty good. The house is about a 20 minute walk from the harbor, and I was hoping that if I left early enough I could catch the sunrise.  Read more →

Sydney, day two.


It’s my second day in Sydney, and I have good news and bad news.

Good news: I finally warmed up enough to brave the cold bathroom for a shower. With that plus the sleep, I’m feeling much more human.

Bad news: I am once again suffering from asymmetrical chipmunk syndrome.

Allow me to explain. I had my wisdom teeth taken out about a month ago, and everything went great until about two weeks out, when the bottom left socket got really swollen again and started oozing (sorry; nobody likes the word ‘ooze’). Being the microbiome-obsessed girl I am, I wanted to avoid antibiotics like the plague, so I pulled out all the natural remedy stops: salt water rinses, raw garlic on the inflamed gum (don’t recommend; feels like pouring battery acid on an open wound), bentonite clay, activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, honey, coconut oil…everything. Unfortunately the raw garlic actually did burn my gum (imagine that!), but the swelling and oozing went away, and after my gum healed, I was fine. Hurray for crunchy home remedies! I win! Who needs antibiotics?

Well, fast forward two weeks. I think the flying and jet lag took a toll on my immune system, and towards the end of the day yesterday, I could feel my gum getting sore again. I just knew when I went to bed last night that this morning, my mouth would be swollen again, and sure enough: chipmunk cheek. Bummer. Read more →