Monash Abroad Orientation, Deakin Hall Orientation, Monash Orientation
We went to a restaurant/bar where you can get gourmet pizzas for only $4 on weekdays. There was a small restaurant section and the rest of it was filled with large couches/comfy chairs. It even also had an outside/rooftop part with lanterns. Because the buses that enable us to get back from the city to campus during the night (nightriders) only go on Friday/Saturday, we left well before 12:00 a.m. Together with a small group we decided to take a long walk through the city instead of taking the tram to the train station. This part of the city was filled with bars, restaurants, parks and old houses and churches.
Thursday night is (like most others) a party night around here. The place to go is ‘the Not’, which is only a walk away from the halls of residence. I expected to enter a typical small local bar, but it was actually huge. Outside, people were dancing to the sounds produced by a live band. I went in with only Kathrin, a German girl I met in the pizzabar, and some random guy we ended up talking to in the
Melbourne by Night
Nightriders leave oppsite of the church you see and at the right you can see part of Federation square, which is a big square surrounded by museums and it functions as popular meeting place.
bus. Once inside, I immediately bumped into many people from Monash.
The ‘Monash Dash’ prevented me from sleeping in the next morning. The Monash Dash is a competition between the international students and it involved finding places on campus. The first prize was two colourful Campervans and surfing lessons at the Great Ocean Road for a weekend. We could make our own teams of 10. Mine was quickly formed. As soon as we’d heard what the first prize was earlier that week, we decided to go for it and win it. Our strategy: run as fast as you can. After 55 minutes of sprinting, we were indeed the first ones to arrive at the finish! Only 2 minutes before the next group came in. I’m really looking forward to our small Australian roadtrip.
That night I went to St Kilda, to meet up with some others and then to go to the final party of this Orientation week.
Nothing special was planned for to today, so I used in for sleeping in, doing some laundry and shopping. It was moving-in day for first year students and suddenly campus was filled with new people and
parents. I got to know a few of them during the games organized in the common room that night. It is Deakin Orientation week this week, so by the end of it I’ll probably know more of them.
We were randomly put in teams for the scavenger hunt in the city today. Together with a public transport ticket and a list of assignments, we were sent into the city to explore it. The assignments ranged from build a human pyramid in the train
to go on a picture with the Crown Casino security guard
to go to the docklands and eat an ice cream
. We ended up walking for hours through the city. The more I see of it, the more I like it. The South Docklands is a part situated opposite of the city centre at the other side of the river. From here, you have a nice view over Melbourne's skyline.
I skipped the games on the sportsfield that night and instead gathered with other Deakins in the projector room to watch some TV and talk.
The first day of the ‘normal’ Monash Orientation week. Strolled around the market stalls to get
as much free stuff and signed up for a trip to Healesville Sanctuary on Friday, where I will see some Australian wildlife.
Tonight, I’m off to the city again for another party. It’s supposed to be big and all tickets have been sold. Before that, Thai Dinner is provided by Deakin Hall and we’ll meet up here with some other Germans living off-campus.
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