This morning I put on normal clothes and put my uniform in my bag. It had start to rain a lot in the morning, the last of cyclone Debbie. Cyclone Debbie did destroy a lot north from Brisbane, but we were lucky not getting hit by it. However, the rain from it was going to come here. I packed my school bag and grabbed all my school book, ready for last day of school.
I am driving with my host mum and host sister to school, since my host mum works in the library, so we are always there one hour before school starts. Same today. We arrived and helped opening the library for today. Some more kids start to arrive, and everyone chose to go to the library because of all the rain.
My host grandma had birthday today, so we called, then the news came. She told us that all schools in Queensland were closed. We turned on the tv and it said so on the news too. All school closed because of the rain, flooding that was going to come, and all the damage made further north. Everyone was happy since they got early holidays, except me...
This was going to be my last day. I was going to say goodbye to a lot of people, take pictures, sell my uniform and get signs from people. Now, my last day was yesterday, and I didn't know.
After sending all the kids safe home, we left. And for the rest of the day, while the rain did its job, we watched movies. I also had to plan new things for my weekend to get to see some more people and say goodbye. My weekend is packed. There are some interesting and fun and sad days to come.
Xoxo

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Today I went for my last time to Stradbroke Island!! I haven't been there for a while now, it have rained or I have had a lot school work. Today it was perfect weather! We went there, and I looked back at the first day I went to Straddie. How amazing I thought it was, how beautiful. I took pictures of everything and went on the walk between Cylinder beach and Main beach. Nothing changed. I sat on the ferry today and I took pictures like the first day. Enjoyed the nice weather, the ocean and the trip over to the island. Then we walked the walk like first time. Took a lot of pictures and again, I was amazed. By the sight I have seen so many times now, but still not enough. We went to cylinder and swam and sunbathed and just enjoyed the last day on Stradbroke. It was an amazing day, but I also felt a little sad for leaving all this behind. I am so happy what this place has given me, and I now I will come back in some years.

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For 10 months ago I was home in Norway waiting to know my host family. I was so excited for travel down here, also a little nervous. The three weeks went so fast I remember. Suddenly I had arrived in Australia and my exchange year had started. I feel like this was just few months ago, the time here have went so fast, and now I am sitting with just three weeks left until I arrive in Norway! It is so crazy to think about, and there are so many emotions in the picture! I am excited to come home and keep going with my life. I am excited to meet family and friends again. I am excited to hopefully (if I find a job) work 5 months before my school in Norway starts again. But it feels also weird. My everyday life is here now. I have grown so much and changed and to then go back to Norway, will be weird. Like a new start. At the same time everyone home knows me like how I was when I left, and after time apart and changes, it's going to be interesting. But I am sure it will be very good.
I am going to miss Australia, friends and family here. It's going to be hard to say goodbye and not knowing when we will meet next time.
I am nervous to go home. But not negative. I am just without answers on what's coming next! It's exciting and the three next weeks will pas so fast. Specially since I have 7 assessments to do, and do the things I want to do before I leave.
How that goes will be updated.

PS; we had two of my host family's old exchange student visiting. Their have comes back to travel all over Australia (and Bali and New Zealand). 19 years and 23 years, finished high school and started universities. It's so fun to see? Cuz that will be me in some years I hope!! Both are from Germany and they were beautiful people. And hey! They are my sisters too! Kind of.. since we are all one big Family of exchange students through the family I am living with.

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It's soon one week since I went to Rainbow beach, but I still want to talk about it. Saturday morning we woke up early and got ready for driving on the beach. Yes that's right, you can drive on the beach there. We had to go early so we wasn't driving while the hide tide took over parts of the beach. First we drove through this bumpy road through the rainforest in an hour or so. While driving we heard this loud noice that I thought was birds, but it was a choir of insects. They were so loud, we didn't even have the windows open and we heard it. And they were "singing" together. Loud and quiet, loud and quiet. It was crazy to here. The rainforest was beautiful and the road horrible, but fun. Soon the road started to be a track of sand. Before driving on the beach we had to decrease the pressure in the car wheels so we wouldn't get stuck. In the end of the road we cold see the rainforest meet the beach and the ocean. A beautiful view.

We can down to the beach and I tell you, it was like a highway. It was a long beach and all these cars and cross bikes where driving down and up the beach. Some where complete idiots and having fun driving crazy, while others where enjoying the view and the beauty, like us. It was actually really cool driving on the beach, I enjoyed it a lot. After a little drive we came to the place that is actually called rainbow beach, and why is that? The hill on the side is made of all this different coloured sand. It was so amazing and the picture and colours was perfect. Of course not everyone had the right car for the beach and we had to help a family that was stuck in the sand.

The day didn't stop there. We drove back to the a picnic place in the rainforest, close to the beach. We had barbecue and the special with this place was that there were these big goannas that came out from the bush when they smelled food. Of course when I was there there were almost no one. Animals in Australia that are usually always showing off, always hide when I am present. And then when I am not there, they make a show for the audience (my host family or friends). Anyway, one goanna lizard probably forgot to hide from me, cuz he came slowly walking towards us for a sausage.
After the lunch we drove back through the rainforest and stopped at a little creek. It was so many swimming there, so we chose to just drive back to the town. We looked in the shops, relaxed a little and had showers before the new adventure of the day was on.

We walked up to a small mountain behind our cabin. I didn't know what I had in front of me, just that it was a sand dune or something. We walked all these satires and through the forest, and suddenly on the top the forest opened and I was amazed. I was really not expecting what I saw! How incredible beautiful it was. On the top on the "mountain" a big sand dune was just there. Laying there with the view of the ocean and beach in the one end, and the rainforest and the town in the other. We walked for the ocean side first when we saw this cardboard was laying there. It was for sliding down the hill that was covered with sand. Well, let's just say that I was running (as fast as I could in sand) up the hill to try with my host sister following. If you ask us, don't use cardboard. It does not work so well.

We went to the edge of the sand dune and looked down on the beach and the waves from the ocean. The sun started to go down and it was so beautiful. However it was not the end of the amazement.

After taking some awesome photos we went over to the other side. Other people had started to arrive to. We sat down faced the rainforest and had a little snack while waiting for the sunset. It was just so pretty, and the colours and view that came when the sun went down was ending the day perfectly. This was one of the best days I ever have had. Amazement, laughing, good company, no complications, just enjoying life.

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Sound of the water breaking down on the sand on the beach. But all you can see is the shadows and reflections of the light from the night life behind the beach. Reflections of the light in the white water. Reflections of the light on the clean, perfectly flat beach. Reflection from the million stars above. "A shooting star" "there is the seven cross" says my host mum and my eyes follows the Milky Way all the down to the star sign that shows south. I am amazed by the view of the sky and beach. Although it is so dark and I almost can't see anything, it is still one of the most beautiful things I ever seen. The sky meets the water, but the beach is so long and so flat and the sky looks so much bigger. I have never seen the sky so big and beautiful.

Well, so far so good as you can understand. We drove straight from school today. 4 hours trip to Rainbow beach! It was dark when we arrived but I am so excited for the weekend here.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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Earlier this week I got a very nice comment on my blog and a question if I could tell a little about how it is to live here in Australia. I haven't actually said so much about practically things like that, so that was a great idea to write about. To live in Australia is a lot like Norway, but at the same time it's so different. Okay first to mention the weather. The winter here is like summer in Norway !! I mean it feels like a never ending summer. And I love that! Some people here doesn't love it so much though. I feel like you can divide Australian people in two. The once who love hanging out on the beach, and the once that hate the sun. Really, the sun here is not appreciated as much as in Norway. First of all the sun here is very dangerous for skin cancer because of the thin ozone layer above Australia. Second of all, it is so bloody hot! And the humidity! So yea, a lot of Australians actually stay inside the whole day with air condition.

Enough about that. To the real questions. How is it economically to live here compared to Norway?
Well I feel it's a lot the same. When I go shopping I feel that it's approximately the same for jeans, bags, bikinis etc. The food here on the other hand is expensive! I feel that going out eating here is really not for students life. It cost more than in Norway, I guess it's a lot because of the travel distance the food has to go through and maybe the temperature? A lunch at a normal cafe can cost up to close 100 NOK, or more. Depends of course where you go. But I really feel like if you want cheap food you have to go to Mc Donald's or KFC or other fast food restaurants. Going to the movies here are a lot cheaper though, I pay no more than 40 NOK for a movie. (Just have to say that the cinema closes to me is the cheapest in Australia, but the other once are not so much more I think) And then the transport; trains and busses are very cheap. Like I take train a lot to Brisbane for where I live. It takes 1 hour and it costs me around 10-15 NOK. The same with bus, But if you choose taxi it will cost way more. I don't know what more I can mention about the economically, it is a lot the same. It is not "so much cheaper" like everyone said before I left, but it is not too expensive.

When I moved down here I needed of course phone and bank card etc. It was very easy to get it. I just use the same bank card as from Norway, so no problems there! And my host family took me to a phone company the first day here. I got a new sim card and it is pretty easy cuz I can just pay every month from an app I downloaded. You get a new number of course, but really there are no issues there.

And then to the good question; the activities! I never ever feel bored. It's always something to do, sometimes too much. It depends if you are that kind of person that likes what they have here, but if you are open minded you will enjoy every single minute. In the beginning I went to different zoo's and aquariums. I feel like it's a must to see the animals they have here. You can just drive a little bit from every city and you can see wild kangaroos and wallabies btw. You have to like the heat if you wanna do things outside. I mean I love it, but if you just go for a little walk, you will be sweating. This is in summer, winter is not that bad/good. I love going to the city, shopping, cafes, cinemas etc. or just laying in the sun in the backyard. I love going to the parks. Australia is very good with their parks. They are beautiful with exercise opportunities, relaxing and playing places. Outdoor swimming pools are also become my favourite. There are many that are in the city made for every one to go in for free. And of course the beaches. I mean sunbathing (remember sunscreen!!!) swimming, surfing etc. it's perfect if you love those kind of things. If you are lucky you will get to know people with boats, and I mean that is one of the best ways to spend the day or going on an adventure. Or else you can just go whale watching, see dolphins and turtles from the beaches. The wild life is awesome here!! Other adventures are going to the small towns or up in the mountains. I love taking day trips there. The small towns are so amazing. They are filled with the cutest special shops, adorable buildings and so much culture! You don't even have to go for shopping there, actually you don't go there for shopping at all. I just like looking at all the special things they have in the shops. And then there is the amazing view you get from the mountains. The rainforest, then the cities down where the beach meets the ocean. I mean if you wanna make trips you can make them cheap if you want to, it is all up to yourself and what you like to do. Cuz yes trips here costs a lot of money, cuz to travel from city to city is far. Australia is so huge! I really would love to go to Uluru and the outback, but it cost too much and is hard to travel to. But I have been to Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney, Brisbane, New Castle and Cairns, and the flights cost a little, but the train is so cheap! I feel like you wouldn't be bored of staying at one place in Australia because of its beauty and the activities you could do, but I recommend that when you first go to Australia you should have a lot money and spend it because it's worth it. It's worth traveling around Australia and doing different things, this country has so much to give.

I hope I answered all the questions good, and if there are more questions, please ask! I am more than willing to answer it's very nice to get it and I also get to reflect over things myself.
Wish you the best!
Xoxo

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Happy new year!! Or I mean happy new Lunar year!! This weekend is the celebration of new year in China. But why should I talk about that? Since I am not in China. Well, Australia is very close to Asia and before I came here I knew of course that it would be Chinese and Asian culture and people here, since it's so close, but I didn't know it was a so big part of Australia that it is. Chinoiserie people came first as immigrants to Australia for gold. So when you travel out in the outback you can find a Chinese restaurant in every town. There are so many Asian people living here, and today many comes here to take high school from China. The schools in China is very strict and hard, so many comes down here and finish school and take university. I have got many friends that does that. So of course the lovely culture is spread around here.
Back to the celebration, today we went to Chinatown in Brisbane to join the celebration. It was awesome. The music, markets, dancing and dragons. I love Chinese culture, I so wanna go to China. Staying in Australia have actually made me more excited for China. And I have learnt eating with chopsticks too. I just love all the Chinese food we eat here, it's just delicious. We ate at one restaurant today and suddenly the music came past and we thought it was just a parade walking past, but no, there were these dragons. And the cool thing was that the restaurant opened the doors and the dragons came inside and danced and everything.
It was just amazing the celebration.

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Today was Australian day! It is the day when James cook found Australia, so many actually want to change the date, special the aboriginals, to another day that is better. Like when whole Australia became a nation together or when the aboriginal got their freedom back etc.
Anyway, the day is celebrated a little bit different than we celebrate the national day in Norway. It is way more relaxed. We wore normal clothes and went for a very nice BBQ in grandmas house, with family and friends. I tasted kangaroo meet for the first time. And for desert we had pavlova, that is an Australian cake by the way. So it was very nice. Later we went down to the grand view where it was music and games and a lot of people. So that was a little similar. We ended the day with a swim in the pool. Many Australians wore something with the flag on, and we got fake Australian flag tattoos.

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Today was last day of the holidays here and I am back to school tomorrow. I don't know how I feel about going back. I love the relaxing holidays here, but at the same time it may be good to go back and study and fill my brain with maths again. I am not excited to wear the school uniform again. It's too hot for that. But I am very excited to meet the new international students!!
I spent the day getting ready for school, clean my room and read a little. I borrowed a book at the library in Cleveland this weekend. I haven't read a book for so long, and I used to love it. I started the day with a long run, and half way I saw something moving close to my foot. And ofc, it was a snake!! I saw the first wild snake here. It was very tiny and not dangerous, but adorable.

I actually went to a snake show for over a week ago at the library. And I hold a snake for the first time! It was pretty cool..

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Holidays is still on and lately I have been visiting the small, but beautiful places in the area. Cleveland point, Redland bay, Stradbroke island, Peel island are some of the places I love going to and just relax and enjoy life. Two new places I have visited is Wellington point an Victoria point. The points have fantastic views over the ocean and small beaches, but they also leads to very small islands. This weekend we visited Wellington point. We had to go in the morning because when the tide is low, you can walk over to the island on the sand that is normally covered of water. So we did walk over to King island, as it's called. It's a very, very small island without anyone living there, but back in time a family on 7 actually lived there. The father in the family had to row in his small boat to the mainland everyday for work. It's a very nice walk over to the island. Another thing that stole my attention was all these small crabs. You could see the everywhere, and when you walked they were fast to hide in their whole in the sand. Imagine running on the sand and thousands of crabs running to hide.

Today I visited Victoria point and took the ferry over to Coochie island. This is a bigger island and people are living on it, but it's still small enough that I walked all around it. The people on the island have the most adorable and messy houses. I walked across the island and followed the forest down to the beach. Then I walked all along the beach to where I began. I saw some pretty details on the island and I just had a very great day walking there and look at these small things that you normally ignore.

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