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Published: September 10th 2013
Day 2- Tuesday, September 3rd
The next day was pretty chill. We spent the morning at Carla’s making surfboard key chains. Took a while but they look pretty cool. After that we went to pick up one of Carla’s friends so we could go see her horse. She boards it a few kilometers away from her house with a few other horses, some cows and a cat. The weather wasn’t that great, it rained a bit as it does quite often over here, so the ground was all wet and mucky. Karen and I didn’t have proper boots to wear so instead we tied plastic bags on our feet. Very stylish (: I completely forgot about my allergies to horses. My mom has one that she boards close to our house and we found out when I was younger that I was either allergic to the horse or to hay. Slipped my mind entirely however when we were making plans to go with Chelsea to see her horse. It wasn’t too bad though, my eyes just got a little red and I started to feel itchy.
On our way to see the horse, we saw some wild
kangaroos in one of the fields. We made Carla stop, once again, so that we could take some pictures. All the Aussies keep talking about how annoying the wild kangaroos are and how they are EVERYWHERE, yet we still hadn't seen any. When we finally did we were pretty excited about it and tried to get as close as we could without scaring them off.
That night I ended up going to my friend Ollie’s house to have dinner with him and his mom. He lives in Bunbury as well so we decided we would meet up while we were both in the area. We had stir fry and wine from New Zealand which is where his mom is from. It was a lovely meal and his house was gorgeous. It’s interesting looking at the houses around here, and actually being in some Australian homes during the week while staying with my friends and their families. They have a different look to them than houses in the states. The ones I see in Perth are all small and very close together. They kind of remind me of the little beach homes in Florida but slightly different. They are all
really cute though. The ones down South, however, are much bigger. Most of them are 2 stories rather than one and they look like actual beach houses. They are gorgeous. The yards are small though. They all have a little backyard and an even smaller front yard which wouldn’t work for me. I grew up having room to play in the yard and when I have children I expect them to be able to do the same.
I really enjoyed getting to stay in Australian homes with my friends and their families. It was an interesting insight to Australian home life. I can't say they were much different than American families, each family is different than the next, but it was interesting none the less. Coming from an anthropological background, it's hard not to compare and contrast the differences.
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