Today we went for brunch to the families cousins and second cousins. In my host family I get to know many of their relatives, something that is nice. I am taking in as a part of the family and we do a lot together. The brunch was very nice.
They lived close to the mountains, away from the city. So it was more nature around. We went out and they showed us the Kookaburra bird. I have seen and heard it before, but today we were feeding them. They had children in the trees and they were so used to people that they actually came and took food from your hand.

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This December day was a day full of culture and art. We visited first the museum in Melbourne. A museum with dinosaurs, ocean life, animal life, aboriginal culture and more. It was very interesting to see it all! Then we took the trams and walked to the art gallery in Melbourne where we saw art from the 1700 to today. Very nice!

Later on we walked in the streets and got a taste of the street art, all from music to tagging. It is just so nice! I love culture so much. We went to the old and big library and to Chinatown for dinner. The streets were also filled with Christmas, gingerbread cities, Santa Clause and lights. It was a long, but very lovely day.

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Always wanted my birthday in the summer.. Finally it happened! Although this summer day was laying around 15-20 degrees rain and sun. Today we went to Queen Victoria markets for shopping and looking around. It was very nice. I really love markets! Later we went for some shopping in a shopping mall and also a little touristing and taking the trams. It was a very lovely day that ended with Mexican dinner and ice cream and then movie.
I got all these beautiful messengers from family and friends back home and that means a lot to me. Family is the most important for me, I just love you all so much!

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Oh my gosh! Yesterday I came home from the concert around midnight and I didn't get to bed before around 1 am. Then I was going to wake up at 3.30 am this morning, but the storm was even worse this morning, so I woke up at 2.30am. So since I was awake I just got ready for leaving the house at 4.30 for picking up my host grandma and then we went to the airport. The flight was at 6.30am and around 9 or 10 am we arrived in Melbourne! I was so tired, but so excited! We stepped out of the airplane and the col weather hit me. Well, with cold I mean 20 degrees...
Me, my host sister and host grandma is visiting my host auntie and uncle in Melbourne for one week. Pretty cool. Today we spent the day just walking in the streets and looking around before we got home and I fell asleep for 1 1/2 hour. Then we had birthday dinner for auntie in the evening. A lovely day, but I am exhausted now. A lot of walking yesterday and today, plus jumping and standing still in 5 hours on the concert and then almost no sleep.
I think it's good night for me now.

  • 12 lesere

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Today started at 5am with a big storm outside the house. I am talking lighting that is so strong that lightened up my room so bright, and thunder that is so loud that you were scared the house would collapse. Well, that's a nice way to wake up isn't it? Well it was okay anyway because I couldn't have enough time, so much to do. First I packed my bag for Melbourne and cleaned my room, then it was time to get ready for the concert. At the same time, two friends from Norway came for a little visit since they are on a world trip. It was more like "Hello, here you have the kitchen, bathroom, food, TV, everything. So nice to see you, missed you, but I gotta go." And then I was on my way to Brisbane.

We did the queue pretty well, and we ended up in the front of second group. They opened the gate for the first group and the people ran in, then they opened for us and we were running too to get the best position as possible. We found a perfect spot close to the fence behind one line of people. It was a perfect spot, and my mine was clear, I was going to reach that fence before the concert was over. Under the performances of the two support bands, that went over two hours, I got first one hand on the fence, then two people left and I got both hands on the fence, and in the end I was standing there in the front. Perfect position, and Coldplay wasn't even on the stage yet.

Coldplay delivered the best show ever! It was sooo cool! They smashed it from the beginning. Colours, effects, balloons, confetti, flames, laser, videos etc. the music was just awesome and they gave it all. And I was standing there 2 meters from the stage. It was crazy! I can't describe it. I had an awesome day and the concert was just amazing!

  • 11 lesere

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Today started by cleaning my room before I went for shopping with a friend. I had to buy something to wear for tomorrow. I am so excited!! Tomorrow is the Coldplay concert. It's gonna be so cool. Not just that it's Coldplay, but also that this actually is the first really big concert I am going to!
I am going with a friend from Italy. We bought the tickets in the beginning of the year here, and I have been waiting since that.
Later I came home for Bootcamp, really hard exercises today, before dinner in my host-grandmas house. We are going there every Monday. First a swim in the pool, before a lovely dinner and desert.
Tomorrow I am getting up early, cuz I actually have some Norwegian friends coming over!

  • 14 lesere

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Today I didn't do so much. We went to DFO for a little shopping, but I didn't found what I was looking for. And when we came home we was watching cricket and I made dinner. Cricket is going on for a very long time, around 6 hours was the one today, and that's a short game. It's very interesting though, since all Australians love it. I tried to play it once. It wasn't so easy to understand, but fun to try of course.
In my spare time I am slowly packing for trip to Melbourne. I can't wait!!

  • 16 lesere

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This morning I woke up and went for a run. It felt refreshing and very good. In the park where I run there was a tree where people had hang up some Christmas decorations on. Some people here has the Christmas spirit, some have maybe a little too much if u take a look at their houses..
Anyway, later my host family and me went for lunch with my host dads family. His mum had 65 years old birthday today, so we had a little celebration. It was very nice.
The day was pretty relaxing and we ended it with drive in movies! That was just awesome! It was the first time I went to drive in movies, something I have wanted to do for a long time. I loved it. Not just sitting in the back of the car with pillows and blankets and watch movies, but the whole concept and the old style and music. It was so cool. And something that made it even more special was the storm. Wow! The lighting was incredible, and a show by itself.

  • 16 lesere

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It's not just paradise being an exchange student here. Today was a pretty sad day. First I woke up, and it felt a little weird that my host sister from Germany wasn't here. Then I went to one of my best friends from Italy. I stayed there for a while and talked and stuff, and I went with her and two other Italians to the airport to wave goodbye. I came home and went to my Mexican friend and said goodbye to her too. And in the end I felt a little empty. I felt lonely. I wasn't of course, cuz I have my host family and other friends here, but on three days I have said goodbye to 7 people and the week before I said goodbye to many others too. So it is a little weird right now.
I will miss them all. A lot. But hey, I will meet them again! In Mexico, Germany, Italy, Japan, China and all around the world. I am so happy I made these friends, they are awesome!

  • 17 lesere

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Finally December is here! Christmas!! Wait what? That doesn't feel right at all. It feels like it's far away. Well the Christmas tree is up, with koalas on it, but the Christmas feeling is not the same. But the first day was pretty good anyway I have to say. So this guy from my class invited me and some other Australians on a boat trip! I was so excited, not just for the day and the boat, but also to meet more people. The house I arrived to was so nice! Perfect place to live and they had a swimming pool with a fence of glass between the pool and the ocean. I just had to put it out there.. really nice! We went on the boat that took us out to Peel Island. I just love going on boats, it's the best feeling.
Peel Island is a small island close to Stradbroke island. The water was so clear and peaceful and it was so nice just laying in the water, swim and relax at this little peace of paradise. The people where so nice and we had a lot of fun. Later we went home and ate lunch, swam in the pool, played billiard and talk. It was a great day!

Short after coming home we went to the airport. My host sister from Germany was going home and that was sad. But I will visit her and Germany and she will come to Norway so it's not the end.

  • 18 lesere

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