Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Editor's Note: SCAD Savannah softball player Sam White will be writing a blog about the team's spring break trip to Australia. Her are her first two blogs.
Friday, March 18, 2011
After 24 hours of travel, three flights, two layovers and a ton of packing, SCAD softball has finally arrived down under.
For most of the 14-hour flight we slept on the hugest aircraft that we'd ever seen. Our airplane was two stories!!!!!!!, and actually served us real food! But after being on the plane for so long it was a relief to land in a beautiful place such as this.
The Williams family was there to greet us with open arms as we loaded up into a bus that took us to their residence about an hour a way. On the drive home we saw just some of the amazing things Sydney had to offer and couldn't believe that people drove on the wrong side of the road.
Once we all settled in we grabbed a bite to eat down at the local market and some of us walked to the local beach. The beach was absolutely stunning! We explored tide pools, went swimming, took pictures, and had a blast. The rest of the day included down time and us getting used to Australian time. We could not be more grateful for the Williams family hosting our excursion and providing us an amazing place to stay. We are also very grateful to all our sponsors, family, and friends for helping us to get to this place.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
After a difficult night of sleep—thank you jetlag—we woke up rearing and ready to go. Sadly, the weather had different plans for us but all hope was not lost! We took a long bus ride along the beaches then boarded a ferry that took us to Sydney.
It was pooring rain the entire day but it did provide us an interesting ride on the high seas of Sydney Harbor. The day was spent immersing our selves in Australian urban culture. Some of us took the subway to different parts of the city, while others explored on foot admiring the urban life. Sydney was a hub for cultural and diverse exchanges between all forms animate and inanimate alike. The Westview Mall—a newly erected shopping mall in the middle of downtown—provided an interesting outlook on Australian style.
Though yes, the clothes were interesting, we spent our time admiring the material choices of the structure, the materiality, the advertising, and everything about this new found place. The mall itself was completely modern and up to date in every aspect and we enjoyed learning about the everyday lives of people in the city. We also tasted some interesting foods while in town. Several us took to the candy shop seeing the amazing different chocolates that the country had to offer, while others tasted new seafoods—octopus, my favorite—was the Australian meat pie :)-delicious!
But all things must come to an end and after a long 12-hour day of walking, shopping, eating, exploring, learning, admiring, and traveling we are all ready to go to bed. We are very much looking forward to playing our games at Olympic Park in the morning!!! We can't wait! We would also like to thank the Williams family for being such amazing hosts to the 2011 SCAD softball team.
To see all the pictures from the trip, click http://scadaustralia.blogspot.com/