3T21 LEE Hoi Lam Karis & 3E17 LAM Shuk Yee Katie
It’s been a week since we arrived in Australia for our two week study tour. None of our group members have been to Australia before, except for Angie but she doesn’t remember much!
We are having a lot of fun at school. On the first day, we were very shy. We didn’t even try to talk to the local students. Since the local students here are very kind and nice, we started to talk to them. Making friends in a foreign country is much better than we thought. We even added them on Instagram and Facebook. It’s good that we can know different people from around the world.
We are so happy to be in Australia. We are learning to be more self-disciplined and to manage our time well. Living without our parents needs a lot of courage. People might think that staying without our parents will give us a lot of freedom but we miss our parents. We miss their love and care, and the food! It’s hard for us to adapt to the eating habits in Australia. For example, we have our dinner at 6pm here!
Other than learning inside the school, we also learn outdoors. We visited many towns on the coast where we saw a blowhole, lighthouse, waterfall, rivers and beautiful beaches. We also visited the capital city Canberra and had a tour of the Parliament House, enjoyed the view of Canberra from a lookout point and had a great time at the zoo where we saw many native Australian animals. Some of us girls were thrilled to be able to play with and pet a wallaby (a small kangaroo).
The most unforgettable memory in this trip was our visit to the Crookwell Wind Farm (176 windmills) near Lake George, which is dry most of the year. It was so cold because of the wind chill factor. No wonder they built the windmills there as the winds were very strong.
All in all, we are having fun here while we learn. After ten years, when we look at the hundreds of photographs that we have taken on this trip, it will bring back very sweet memories of a wonderful study trip.