Sunday, August 7, 2011

50 Random Facts

so idk where to start as far as an update goes, so i'm just gonna start doing random facts i've found. or if you have any questions about anything else, let me know and i'll tell you :)

1.I feel like i spend half my life on Danks street. (It's the street i walk from my apartment, to and from church several times a day.) It's a lovely street with art shops, cafes, organic grocery stores, and such. 'tis cute.

2. As a Pastoral student, my day off is Monday.. so if you need me or want to skype, best day to do it is Monday!(for L.A folks, sunday evening for yall!)

3.Aussies take No Worries seriously. allll the time "no worries, no worries no worries"

4.Australian and New Zealand accents are actually quite different

5.easy mac here is awesome. it's cheesier..but of course more expensive.($2 a bowl,round about)

6.speaking of round about...most streets use "round abouts" instead of stop signs. i have had several close calls crossing the streets because of these weird things!

7.and speaking of expensive... everything here is crazy expensive. soo expensive, especially food. i think the cheapest meal i've had here was $5 at hungry jacks. that's right folks, no dollar menu.

8.speaking of hungry jacks... Hungry Jacks=Burger King(same thing, different name)

9.Paddy's market is awesome! it's kind of basically China Town, well, it's in China Town, but they have everything to clothes,headphones, jewelry, to all kinds of food! i've found that the best part of Paddy's market is the food! fruit and vegetables are soo cheap! so that's where i've been getting all that from.

10.Big W=walmart

11.american like places=they do have kmart,target, build a bear, taco bell, and a couple of other places i just dont remember

12.canadians call shopping carts Buggies like we do in Louisiana! but here, they are called "trollies"

13.Boost is my new favorite candy bar. its awesom!it has cookie pieces, carmel,chocolate and all that god stuff in it


15.anything chocolate is Cadbury chocolate....YUM!

16.i've gotten so into baking because it makes the flats feel like home :)

17.The best black coffee i've had is just a long black cup from Sonoma(also on Danks). soo strong and soo good!

18.i am loving walking everywhere! call me strange, but i love just being able to get out and walk to wherever i need and not having to worry about a car or driving or anything! and chips here are soo good!

20. the beaches here are very pretty, but much smaller than you'd think!

21.Maroubra beach is my favorite so far! it's only a little bit further out than Bondi, but much less crowded

22. climbing on the rocks on the beaches to the tops of the cliffs is spectacular, it's one of the best views in the world.

23.during winter time=sunrise is about 6:50 and sunset is about 5 p.m

24.there are 6 weekend church services you can go to at Hillsong church- Saturday@6,Sunday morning-@8:00,9:45,11:30, Sunday night-@5:00&7:00. i think my favorite so far are the saturday evening service, and the sunday morning at 11:30. but then again, they are all so good!

25.things i've served in at or been a part of at hillsong so far- Backpackers on Monday(Hostel ministry where you go in and make food and sometimes have music, and then you just talk with everyone and make relationship/conversation with the backpackers from around the world.)  Chapel Choir on Tuesday mornings, Connect groups on Tuesday night!(led by the beautiful Kourtney Campbell from Alabama!she's such a sweetheart),Wednesday night- Powerhouse!( amazing church service for 18-25 year olds), Thursday morning-SisterHood! its the women's ministry here, every other week i'm apart of the Pamper team where we do hair/nails/massages for the women and just let them relaxed and beautiful and all, i love it :), Friday night- Fuel!!!!(the stinkin' awesome youth group for 7-9th graders(here they call it year 7-9)!soo fun,so much energy,so much dancing,and jesus!) Saturday Morning- Street teams!(break up into teams of about 10 or so and just go help out the community by serving and talking with the people, either doing house or yard work, or barbecue or such like that),then the normal hillsong services.

26. Wentworth Falls in the blue mountains is maybe one of the most  gorgeous places i've ever been! the Blue mountains are so amazing

27.Cotton On is my favorite australian clothing store wise- pants are 2 sizes too small looking and shirts look 3 sizes too big. however, i've found this to be very comfy!

29.unfortunately, soo many people here think leggings are pants.yuck.

30. you have a spectacular view of the city skyline from The Hill at Moore Park. it's only about 5 minutes from my apartment too :)

31.i do make my own sweet tea here! ptl,ptl.

32.i've gotten quite accustomed to drinking hot tea all the time. it's a good habit :)

33. SO many places/businesses/restaurants close at 5 p.m. so it's like, theres alot to do in Sydney,but then NOTHING to do at night,lol.

34.cheese here is quite wonderful, but milk is tricky- skim milk is essentially like 2%, and the rest is very thick.

35.bread goes badly sooo quickly if you don't put it in the fridge. apparently there are alot less preservatives.

36.Coles is like, the big time grocery store here. and especially since it's like a 2-3 minute walk from my apartment,lol.

37.going to coles is about like going to walmart back home- it's impossible to go and not run into someone you know

38.language is not the same as it is in America... you can say ALL SORTS of things here, even during a lecture of church service. it's no matter here, it's just part of the culture. so that's been quite something to adjust to, hearing more "cursing"(what would be considered curse words in america) in church than most any pg or some pg-13 movies. ha, during services it's always "...***...sorry americans..."

39.about over 60% of the college students here are american

40.movies here are rated differently. i dont understand them. theres like, E(i think..) for everybody or general or whatever, then theres M, Then M-15...and i havent even checked if theres anything worse than that. but yeah, it's all quite confusing.but they do alot of american movies here

41. Sydney has the worlds' biggest Imax theater!! For a price of $28 a ticket...yikes!

42.they have redbox here! it's called red...something else. but it's essentially redbox. but for the same concept, you have to turn it in at 7 p.m, and it's $2.95 a day! of course though, because everything here is more expensive

43. minimum wage apparently depends on your age.. like for me at 18, it's $15! ha, to compensate for the rest of the prices, it's not too shabby!

44.i am absolutely loving getting to befriend/meet/talk to/do life with so many people from literally all parts of the world! it's sooo great and soo interesting to learn about all sorts of different culture and all.

45.toilets- so strange-they have 2 different flush options-half flush or whole flush. one uses 3 liters of water,the other 6. but this really makes no sense in my opinion because you always need to completely flush..just saying. the half is never effective or no one ever does that. strange strange stuff.

46.yes folks...the water drains counter clockwise.

47.Westfield- an awesome mall chain!

48.for college, you're a part of a fieldwork, and then you have Church life(you serve in 2 services and sit in one), I'm pumped to really get into this next week! my fieldwork is being a Fuel leader!woop woop. and for church life, i'll still a part of Fuel doing the rave-a-que(like, the barbeque in the garage in the morning),and refuel(church service for year(grade)7&8 during the main church service after praise and worship.

49.I love it here :)


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