At Bond, students get a week off before finals to prepare, or as study abroad students like to think of it as a week to do last minute traveling before heading back home. Four of my friends and I decided to do a 5 day trip to Tasmania and three days in Melbourne, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had this sem!!
For some reason we tend to be a fan of tiny two gate airports, as we landed in Hobart easily being the smallest airport I’ve seen thus far. Tasmania is about as close to the Antarctic as you can get in Australia, so we said goodbye to our sunny and 25 degree weather and moved to windy and 10 degrees. When we arrived in Hobart it felt like a New England fall afternoon, which surprisingly was a nice change of scenery. We explored Hobart’s bay and found an Irish pup with $10 meals (which would turn out to be our healthiest and classiest meal all week).
The next three days were packed with tours across Tasmania, including hidden beautiful beaches, Port Arthour, the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay, and a hike in Cradle Mountain.
Throughout these tours, our guides brought us to local shops for wine tastings, cheese tastings, and best of all, CHOCOLATE TASTINGS!! On our first day the girls and I were the first to spot the chocolate factory driving past it, and our guide responded “you American girls always seem to have a sixth sense for chocolate, you’re always the first to find it.” We laughed, and little did we know that the next four days we would end up at a chocolate factory every, single, day. 😍
On our last day in Tassie, we rented a car and drove to the Bay of Fires, stopping at yet another fudge store and a pancake bar as well as some hidden beaches along the way. Australians drive on the left side of the road, which at the beginning of my semester was a difficult adjustment. By this point though, driving on the left seemed to be the norm and was a pretty easy adjustment for us to make.
Stay tuned for the next post about our continued study week trip to Melbourne!