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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2017!! Wow, this year was just too fast! Happy new year and goodbye 2016. I have had an awesome year and today I finished it with a swim in the Cleveland pool, sunburnt and over 30 degrees. Haha, and then a lovely evening with my host family! We went out to East street markets. That is some markets in Brisbane with a lot of different food you can go and eat and taste, and then there is live music and lights and dancing. It was really nice! Later we went to my host grandmas house for a swim in the pool, before watching the fireworks from Sydney on TV, that is one hour before Brisbane. Then we took goodbye with 2016 close to the water with fireworks from a boat. It was beautiful!

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Between ocean and outback on the east coast you find the rainforest and the mountains. It's just beautiful driving through it and see the nature, the lovely and lonely houses and farms and the cutest small towns. That's what we did today. A road trip up to the mountains behind Sunshine Coast. Monteville is one little town we stopped in, with beautiful view and the cutest little shops. So peaceful and nice.
We also stopped in a petit cheese factory, and on a view point in the rainforest.

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Boxing day in Australia is celebrated either by going crazy in the shops because of the big sales, or going crazy in front of the TV by watching sport. With sport I am talking about the big sailing race that goes from Sydney to Tasmania or Cricket. We did the last, sport. We woke up and made a big breakfast since family was coming over. We were 10 people. I made "sveler" and then we also had a lot food from yesterday and new food. It was good food of course, but I was so full in the end. After breakfast it was straight to the living room and the sofa for sport.
It was also talking and monopoly. And the adults in the family had this secret Santa where they get one person to buy a gift to, but no one knows who, and then you have to guess.
The day finished with movies, and I couldn't fit in any dinner.

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Merry Christmas! 25. December and we are celebrating. The day started with presents for us all. That was very nice and I got a lot of nice things. Then we got some guests over and the whole day was talking, laughing, dancing, 80s music, more laughing, preparing food, eat, more presents, more eating, crying-laughing and a great time. We are a Christmas lunch with prawns, ham and different, beautiful salads. Then we had pavlova cake for desert oh cookies. The pavlova is Australian cake, something that I didn't know. The whole day was spending time with family and filled with love. It was great.

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