Australians are confusing when they speak of football, or “footy” as they would say. Confusing because when they say footy, it really could mean 3 different things depending on who you are talking to. The most common meaning is rugby, but it could mean rugby league or rugby union, two different leagues. Some people are like Europeans when they call soccer rugby. And finally, if you go down to Melbourne, their footy is Australian Rules Football. Aussie rules football is an entirely different game, and I guess it’s biggest down in Melbourne. So when I hear someone say football, I have to think who I am talking to to figure it out, or just flat out ask. Of course my natural instinct is to think of American football, but of course no one around here talks about that.
Unsurprisingly, it is really nice to have a beach close by with nice weather. I find myself going to the beach at least twice a week. It’s just something nice to do outside when there is nothing else during the day. Luckily, I am usually done with class around noon or early afternoon, so it’s easy to jump on the bus down there or to get a group to drive there. It’s definitely something I will miss once leaving here.