– August 14, 2019
I feel Australian people say their opinion more clearly than Japanese people. When I was asked by my host sister, “Are you hungry?” I said, “A little.” Bus she said to me, “Yes or No.” Then I noticed that I do not express myself clearly in Japanese. Also, everyone praises each other very often here. For example, some people have told me, “Nice!” “So cute!” or “I like it.” I love this culture because these words make me happy. So, I think I’m going to use these nice words, and I want to make my friends feel good.
(M3 girl N.T.)
Today, I went to Mt. Coot-tha again. I once again saw the beautiful landscape. The scenery was as if it were above the sky. After that, We went to Botanic Garden. There were various types of plants there. There were also many plants that are not seen in Japan.
And today is the day Yuris has been staying at the same host family is leaving Australia for France. So, we had a party at Yuris’ friend’s homestay house. I played table tennis with Yuris. At the end, Yuris played Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen on the piano. Then the party ended. It was a wonderful day.
(M3 boy Y.H.)
I went to Labrador Park in which there is so beautiful sea today. I cooked some chicken, sausages and some shrimps on the hot plate with my host family and their friend. They tasted very good.
After lunch, we saw feeding of pelicans in the beach. It was a very wild show. Then, we went shopping to get some gifts for my family. There were a lot of shops, and I bought a wallet, shirt, jacket, soap and macadamia nuts. It was a lot of fun.
Today as a fulfilling day when I was able to do various things.
(M3 boy R.S.)
I went shopping at West Field, and I bought two mug cups with a shark design on it. In the afternoon, I visited host sister’s house. There was a baby in her house, and she was very very pretty. I ate some donuts with ice cream. It was delicious, and I love it.
After dinner, I watched a movie “Meitantei Pikachu.” There were some parts that I didn’t understand, but my host family taught me some difficult words when I didn’t understand. So, I really enjoyed it.
(M3 girl M.U.)
Today, we went to Gold Coast, and we had a picnic! There are a lot of pelicans and gulls. They are so cute because I like birds very much. The most impressive thing was that I had my hand bitten by a pelican. It hurt me because I didn’t think a pelican has such strong power.
When we played in the park, the ground was all sand. I was surprised to see that, because the ground is usually hard in Japan. I think sand is better in a park.
(M3 girl C.M.)
In the morning, we went to a mountain to see the waterfall. On the way to the waterfall, my host father said, “Good morning,” to everyone who passed by, and they all returned the greeting. Of course, they didn’t know each other. I have never seen a scene like that in Japan, so I was very surprised.
In the afternoon, we went shopping. I found some differences between Japan and Australia there. In Australia, people do not receive plastic bags when they buy something, so they always carry their own shopping bag when they go shopping. I think it is a good system because it was good for the environment.
I have experienced and learned a lot of things today.
(M3 girl H.F.)
Today, we went to our host brother and sister’s school in the early morning because they had school today. The school is a lot noisier than schools in Japan, so I was really surprised. After that we went to Garden City at around 9:00 o’clock. My friends were coming there at 11:00, so we had to spend some time in the food court. At 11:00, I met my friends and we enjoyed shopping and eating lunch. I ate Big Mac meal in McDonald’s. It felt larger than Japanese one. We went to some stores such as a supermarket, a souvenir shop and so on. We were moved by a sales clerk at Garden City because he was so gentle.
(M3 boy S.U.)
Today, we experienced Australian culture. First, we walked on a mountain. There were many botanical trees. I thought that it was like the jungle cruise in Disney Land. We saw a waterfall. Actually, I went to another waterfall the other day with my host family. But a cave that we went into today is bigger than that one. It had very mysterious beauty. I want to go to waterfalls in Japan. It rained hard today like squall. It didn’t last for a long time. I researched on the Internet and found that squall continues for only a short time. It was refreshing. We have had many good experiences in Australia!
(M3 girl, M.M.)
On August 14, I went to Springbrook National Park. It was far from the city, but there were a lot of nature that is so beautiful. In particular, the thing that remains in my heart is the big waterfall in the cave. Then,I played soccer with my friends and teacher in the park after lunch.
After that, I visited Hinze Dam Visitor Center. I bought a chocolate muffin, and it was very delicious.
Everything was so good. However, it was disappointing that it rained so hard.
I wanted to see the sunny scenery.
(M3 boy K.O.)