Abroad and Alone for a 7 Month Adventure

Abroad and Alone for a 7 Month Adventure

Introduction

The notion of dropping everything in my last year of university and travelling abroad for a 7 month exchange stemmed from the many great experiences I’ve heard from fellow exchange participants, and so far my decision has not disappointed me.

Eat, Sleep, Travel… and sometimes study… has been the recurring theme for the past 6 months where my trip started with a gruelling 8.5 hour flight to Taiwan and Japan then a further 13.5 hour flight to Germany. Over these past 6 months I have notched 9 countries under my belt, made friends from around the world, delved into numerous cultural experiences and learnt a new language (and improved on old ones)!

As my adventure draws to a close (and exams start ): ) a nostalgic and triumphant feeling dwells as I look back on things I’ve never guessed I would have done and have done in the short span of 6 months.

My name is Anthony, a final year studying a Bachelor of Business Majoring in Accountancy and here are my experiences for the 6 months (December 2014 РMay 2015) and how they have changed me as an individual.

Before My Exchange (Pre-departure)

Everyone who has been through the application process knows that it can be very long and tedious! But I’m here to tell you it’s well worth it and QUT provides ample resources/personal to assist in your application. The only difficult considerations were, where I wanted to go, why I wanted to go and

December (Taiwan and Japan)

Before my exchange semester started I took advantage of my international transfer to do a side trip to Asia, namely Taiwan and Japan, to visit family and enjoy a vacation with my partner before leaving her for 6 months.

A Very British Christmas and NYE

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

In the weeks leading up to the designated Christmas break there wasn’t too much for me to do study wise so I spent a lot of the time in the house or at the pub keeping warm and dry. It was early December and the Christmas spirit was definitely around Swansea, with a lot of decorations throughout the town and the university. Students were buzzing with the idea of heading home to see their families for three weeks. Before the housemates broke up for Christmas we decided to have a pub crawl dressed in Christmas jumpers. We kicked off at midday and started at the local carvery to line the stomachs with a tradtional British pub feed.

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At the carvery with House 35

From that we continued on to a variety of local pubs stopping for a couple of pints at each. After 6 solid hours of drinking we had made it half way to Wind St. and decided to call it a day and head back to the house for more drinking games!

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The Squad

CHRISTMAS

Christmas isn’t a huge deal for my family back home but the small amount of homesickness set in once people in the house and village left to go home. The village turned into a ghost town like it was in the first day. Adding to this the weather was pretty miserable, single digit degree days along with the constant drizzle really dampened the morale. Luckily enough for me my friend offered to have me at her family’s house over the Christmas period. I spent a couple more nights around London experiencing some of the famous London Christmas things. After that it was to the area of south east England known as Kent which was about 30mins by train. This was truly the English countryside with green hills for as long as the eyes could see. Trips to Knole Park and Canterbury truly highlighted the beauty of the smaller English areas and definitely had the Christmas spirit about it.

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An ancient burial site in Kent

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Knole Park

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Feeding the wildlife in Knole Park

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Canterbury Cathedral


PART I: Starting Life in Swansea
PART II: Life in Swanse

PART III: During Semester in Swansea
PART IV: A Very British Christmas & NYE