Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bye-Bye Brisbane

Saturday was the final day of our program, and I still can't believe it's actually over. We spent most of the day just packing and cleaning our rooms, getting ready to radiate back out into the world. That night, we had our farewell dinner at a Thai restaurant in the West End. We got dressed up for one last time:

Ilan and Will were ready for "Dancey dance" time:
Bus ride:
FOOD!!! We had so much delicious Thai food, including fish with sweet chili sauce:

Hanging out in front of the wishing tree - we wrote thank you notes to all our teachers and staff and hung them on the tree!
Almost all our professors were there - most of them gave speeches of some sort, and we had an awesome slideshow from John Hall accompanied by his hilarious narration.

The slideshow (we had front row seats!):
John Hall is one of the best professors I've ever had. He's so inspiring and committed and passionate about sharing his knowledge with us - it was worth coming to Australia just to have had him as a teacher.

This has been the best 3 months of my life, no doubt about it. I've seen so much and learned about things I never even knew existed (SEA HARES!) - and I've traveled to places that I only ever dreamed about. Australia is a beautiful country full of wonderful, generous people, and I feel so blessed to have been part of this program. Life is SO GOOD. I'm now in Melbourne until I go home, so I still have a few more days to soak up the Australian sunshine - and I know I'll always remember every part of this incredible journey.

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