Author: Leo

  • ANZAC Day

    As Americans celebrate Easter, Australians mourn and remember our fallen on ANZAC day. “They shall grow not old, As we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun ……And in the morning We will remember them.”

  • Dear Australia

    Dear Australia, My heart longs for you. I want to be home again. From, Leo P.S. I miss Fed Square, Torquay, the trains, the trams, my friends, the surf, the footy, the possibility of new adventures. I miss riding in the car with Chris. I miss reading Mx on the way home. I miss Australians;…

  • Reverse Culture Shock

    I’ve been experiencing some strong reverse culture shock these past few days. I have a strong longing for Melbourne. I miss my friends there. I miss the ocean and surfing. I miss having an entire city and it’s suburbs to explore. I miss the sunburned country.

  • AFL Joke

    From Bill Bryson’s “In a sunburned country”: A man arriving for the Grand Final in Melbourne is surprised to find the seat beside him empty. Tickets for the Grand Final are sold out weeks in advance and an empty seat is unknown. So he says to the man on the other side of the empty…

  • New Paltz International Orientation

    It has been an exciting few days: Tuesday I moved back onto campus. It feels good to be back but I miss Melbourne. After some unpacking I walked to the Student Union Building to look at the new addition. It’s amazing. Wednesday I woke up in the morning and walked to the incoming international students…

  • Incoming International Student Orientation at New Paltz

    I got a call from the incoming International Students Office at New Paltz. I’m going to be volunteering on Wednesday to help out with picking up students from the airport. Because of this, I might be moving in early: next Tuesday instead of next Saturday. I’m excited to meet the international students; especially the Aussies…

  • First Time Back at New Paltz

    Today I went to New Paltz to visit some offices on campus for next semester. I’m trying to volunteer for the winter international orientation for incoming students. It’s strange being back. I miss Australia with all my heart. The closest I’ve gotten to feeling “at home” was when I visited New Paltz today. I’m looking…

  • Australian Christmas Songs

    (I don’t celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday as I’m a “secular humanist”. So I feel that the title and content of this post is politically correct.) Jingle Bells Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden Ute, Kicking up the dust, esky in the boot, Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs, It’s Summer…

  • Australian National Anthem

    Well, at this time I’m traveling around Australia. I could be anywhere right now. Since I know I likely won’t have computer access I have scheduled my blog to make a post or two while I’m traveling. Please note that the national anthem is rarely sung in comparison to how often American’s sing theirs. Here’s…

  • Sydney

    Today I’m in Sydney. I’ll be staying here to two days then heading to cairns to experience the great barrier reef and Daintree forest. Then I go to fraser island. From there I fly back to Melbourne via Sydney to get my luggage from Chris. I’m staying in a hotel close to the airpor so…