“Learning Never Exhausts the Mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci

I’ve been in Australia for three weeks now -incredible how fast it all went! I may be having an indecent amount of fun. My brain is too stuffed for a deep discussion on everything that has piqued my interest.

During these past weeks I’ve learned a lot both in my classes and simply by being in community with my host family and friends. I’ve seen, tried, and experienced new and ‘normal’ things. Everyday I feel like a pupil of the world.  At times my own ignorance, however justified, appalls me… There’s just so much I don’t know and I’ve had the audacity to be lazy in the past about my education. To consider not studying abroad was a woeful waste of time (Of course one doesn’t need to leave the country to learn something, but why not if given the opportunity?).

Aside from my classes and just living in Australia, I have acquired unique cultural capital and discovered some things about myself because of my homestay. Among them include the following in no particular order:

  • Started watching The Big Bang Theory from season 1.
  • Vegemite and avocado on toast is good. Rice crackers make good snacks too.
  • Twix and Doritos are not as good here.
  • Watched Singin’ in the Rain  and My Fair Lady for the first time.
  • I may be allergic to cats.
  • Tried Passion fruit that was not in any kind of juice form.
  • A family’s health makes a huge difference on a child’s ability to focus on other activities such as school.
  • My nose gets cold easily.
  • Started watching Dr. Who.
  • I may like animals even more than I thought I did.
  • Apparently Australia starts out strong in winning gold medals in the Commonwealth Games but then not so much in the latter games.
  • I miss Korean food.
  • I wasted a lot of water living back home.
  • Attended a lovely God-centered Australian wedding.

Thus my journey of self-discovery and expanding horizons continues. I can say that “the more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know” (Michel Legrand).

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